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Clare Crowned Munster Hurling League Champions

A strong second half display proved crucial as Clare beat Tipperary by 4-19 to 1-18 in the Munster Hurling League Final. A brilliant 35 metre sideline cut from Jason Forde in front of the Mackey Stand opened the first half scoring before Colin Guilfoyle showed great strength to shrug off Padraic Maher and finish over his shoulder to level proceedings. The Premier then hit four unanswered points with Seamus Callanan on target twice from placed balls while there were good scores from play through Forde and Alan Flynn to leave Liam Sheedy’s side 0-5 to 0-1 clear after the opening 15 minutes. Cathal McInerney reacted quickest after a long ball from Aidan McCarthy was misjudged by the Tipperary defence and the Cratloe man made no mistake from close range to hammer home. The impressive Diarmuid Ryan then finished a point that was all of his own making, before Tony Kelly began a sweeping move involving Michael O’Neill and McInerney. McInerney …

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Newmarket Hoping To Move Closer To FAI Junior Cup Title

Newmarket Celtic are bidding to move one step closer to the FAI Junior Cup title this weekend. Liam Murphy takes his charges to Cooke Park in Tipperary on Sunday for a sixth round tie with the home side St Michael’s, with the Clare champions holding the upperhand in this rivalry in recent times. It is the third time in quick succession that these sides have met, with Newmarket coming through on both previous occasions after a penalty shootout. They warmed up for Sunday’s tie with an emphatic 7-0 win over Bridge United in the Munster Junior Cup last weekend and Irish junior international Eoin Hayes feels the squad are in a good place ahead of the trip to Tipp. “It was a good win and really helped us tune up for St Michael’s. We got lads out onto the pitch because we know St Michael’s will offer a very different test, so it was important to get game time because …

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O’Neill Looking Forward To Tipp Challenge

If there was an award for ‘Resurgent Team of the Year’, Kilmaley would be wide margin winners for 2018. Relegated from senior in 2016, they cruised to intermediate success in 2017 and pushed Cratloe to the brink in the 2018 senior semi-final, narrowly losing out by a point. One of the key players through their fall and resurrection has been Mikey O’Neill. The 26-year-old primary school teacher is now getting his reward for such endeavours by being granted consecutive starts on the Clare senior team against Cork and Waterford. While O’Neill did not score, he was influential, causing havoc at every turn and was effective when dropped back towards the middle of the park in the second half of the Waterford game. O’Neill admits he thought he had scored a goal, only for Waterford ’keeper Billy Nolan to make a stunning acrobatic save to tip the shot away at the last minute. “I thought he was way further out than …

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Clare Claim 2019 McGrath Cup Title

Gordon Kelly’s goal proved the difference between the sides as Clare clinched a three point win over Cork in the McGrath Cup final. The veteran defender saw his long range effort find its way to the top right corner in the eighth minute of the contest as it dipped wickedly under Chris Kelly’s crossbar. Cork started brightest and a fine score with the outside of the left boot from Cian Kiely was the opening score of the game with the Rebels facing the conditions in the first period. Kelly then struck for his goal, and this was swiftly followed by a good long distance free from Cathal O’Connor to leave Clare 1-1 to 0-1 in front after 12 minutes. Both sides were struggling with conditions as a heavy mist spread in from the Atlantic, but it was Cork who landed the next two scores, with Stephen Sherlock pointing twice from frees to leave just the minimum between them heading towards …

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Clare Looking Forward To McGrath Cup Final Clash With Cork

The first competitive game of the 2019 campaign for the Clare senior footballers saw youth given it’s fling with great reward for Colm Collins and his management team. Jayme O’Sullivan, Dermot Coughlan and Dale Masterson were all impressive in what were their first competitive starts, while Gearoid Cahill, Danny Griffin and Niall Ellis were introduced for their maiden competitive action and looked at home in an inter-county setting. While the performance must be viewed in the context of what was a very poor Waterford side, it is worth noting that Clare notched up 1-17 which is no bad return. Mixed into that is the fact that the scoring burden was shared among 12 different players, with 1-13 of that tally coming from play. One of the major talking points in the lead up to this clash was how both sides would cope with the new hand-pass rule, but in truth, from a Clare perspective, it made very little difference. They …

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St Flannan’s Set For Tilt At Munster Camogie Glory

St Flannan’s College go in search of the Munster B title this Saturday afternoon when they face St Mary’s of Nenagh in Clarecastle with a 12.30pm start. The Ennis side were 2-11 to 0-11 winners over Clonakilty in their last four tie and are now just one step away from claiming provincial silverware. Manager Ann-Marie McGann admits it is a target that was in their sights from the outset of the campaign. “We have been looking forward to this moment. We had a good group of girls in fifth and sixth year, so to be in the Munster final now is brilliant. It’s always a big moment for the school to reach a provincial decider. St Flannan’s won Munster titles in the past and got to All-Ireland finals too and there’s always been that tradition there. We have had some great players come through the school but it’s the type of thing that comes in cycles. We have a strong …

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Tulla fall agonisingly short against Cashel

Cashel 2-16 St Joseph’s Tulla 2-14 TULLA came bitterly close to advancing to the semi-final of the Corn Thomais Mhic Choilm in a pulsating game held in St Patricks GAA in Limerick this afternoon. Tulla took an early lead through a William Halpin free and the number 12 was to feature heavily in the contest, finishing with a grand total of 1-10, and the individual moment of the game – a screamer of a goal from 30 yards placed directly in the top right-hand corner. Cashel’s own marksman, Aaron Burke, was also on point, registering 1-8 and making no mistakes from placed balls when called into action – which was often considering the charged and at time hot-headed of the contest. Burke registered the first goal of the game when Rian Quigley played a ball across the square and he made no mistake in punishing Tulla. Quigley was a constant thorn in the Tulla full-back line’s side and was probably the …

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Champion Sports Chat January 7th 2019

Coming up on the new Champion Sports Chat podcast: We look back on a busy January weekend with Clare Champion Editor Peter O’Connell and reporters Derrick Lynch & Eoghan Moloney. The lads give their sporting predictions for 2019 and review the early season progress for the Clare hurlers and footballers.

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