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Clare Set For Relegation Battle After NFL Division Two Loss To Fermanagh

Clare are staring down the barrel of a relegation battle after suffering a third defeat of the National Football League Division Two campaign. Colm Collins side lost out to Fermanagh by 0-12 to 0-9 in Brewster Park in a disappointing display. Fermanagh led by one at the break after a dour opening half, with mass defences the order of the day. The home side opened the scoring with the first two points, with Sean Quigley on target from a free while Shay Cullen found space all too easy in the Clare defence to notch another. Sean Collins then punched a hole in the Fermanagh blanket to set up Kieran Malone for Clare’s opener, before Dean Ryan and Conor Finucane combined for the Lissycasey man to level the sides up. Quigley landed another free soon after, before Gary Brennan converted his own mark. There was a touch of controversy about it though, as the Banner captain initially continued playing before kicking …

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Seanie Backs Clare Ahead Of All-Ireland Champions Showdown

Clare welcome All-Ireland champions Limerick to Cusack Park on Sunday for a crucial final round tie in this year’s National Hurling League. John Kiely’s side suffered their first defeat of the campaign against Cork in the Gaelic Grounds last weekend, while Clare extended their unbeaten start to the year at Fortress Cusack Park. The home side need to win to be sure of their progression to the quarter-finals of this year’s series, while the Shannonsiders are already guaranteed of their place in the last eight. Double All-Ireland winning Clare centre-back Seanie McMahon feels Clare will have taken a lot of positives from their campaign to date. “I think it has proven hugely competitive this year. I know there’s no relegation but I don’t think it has made a huge difference to it. Teams are really using the league to prepare as best they can for championship, and every day you go out you want to win. I think overall, Clare …

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Cleary Driven To Get National League Campaign Back On Track Against Fermanagh

Eoin Cleary last lined out in a competitive game last November in the Munster Club football final for St Josephs’s Miltown. The Limerick-based Garda had to succumb to surgery on a hand issue after that, which kept him sidelined until last weekend. He was a late inclusion to the starting 15, with news of the development starting to filter around St Conleth’s Park from the time the Clare squad arrived. He was glad to be back on the pitch, but his immediate thoughts were of the disappointment of the result as Clare left Newbridge with no points to show for third time since 2016. “Great to be back but it was unfortunate with the result. We left ourselves too much to do in the first-half, but played well in the second-half. We pegged it back and got it back to 1-12 to 0-12 and we looked fairly good I thought at times. We didn’t capitalise when we were on top …

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This Sporting Life

Summer 2018 produced arguably the greatest feast of hurling in living memory. The revamped Munster championship in particular saw a plethora of standout moments, from an epic battle on Leeside between Cork and Limerick, the drama of Jake Morris and Ian Galvin in Thurles, Clare’s demolition of Limerick in Cusack Park, and that Tipperary ghost goal in the Gaelic Grounds. That’s before we mention the two epics battles between Clare and Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final, the drama of Limerick’s comeback against Cork, and the bated breaths as Joe Canning’s free made its way towards the Canal End in the dying moments of the final. It was exhilarating, unpredictable and as red hot as the weather. Pundits and players alike hailed the hurling year, while the football fraternity looked on with envy. The Super Eights were arguably saved by David Clifford’s late goal in Clones, as the young pretender ensured that the final round of group games didn’t amount to …

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Rodgers and Madigan take Quilty titles

THE 49th Kilmurry Ibrickane-North Clare Athletic Club and Run the Banner 2019 Road Race Series number 2 and Michael Egan Memorial five-mile road race and 5km fun walk attracted a very high-quality field of runners and walkers to the start with Kenneth Rodgers, St John’s, having the field on a big chase when he set out on a very fast pace from the Quilty Tavern, along with Rory Chesser, Ennis Track, and Cian McDonald, Ballyroan/Abbeyleix and District AC. The group of three were together for three miles, until Rodgers made a decisive move with the wind to his back and on the Quilty-Kilrush Road, he had 20 seconds on Chesser with a mile remaining and he held that lead all the way to the finish to retain his title in 26.40 from Chesser (26.57) and McDonald (27.20). Ennis Track took the team title and the Michael Egan Shield, with a total of 28 points. Second were St John’s on 45 …

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Controversy Continues Over GAA U21 Eligibility

A meeting will be held on Thursday night to decide on the future of the 2019 Clare U-21 hurling championships. Clubs will be asked to vote on reducing the Clare U-21B championship from 15-a-side to 13-a-side in order to counteract the loss of U-17 players at the grade. Controversy has reigned in the last two weeks after a Croke Park ruling stated that U-17’s are not eligible to play in U-21 competitions. This is despite the official rule-book stating that the U-21 grade shall have a five year span, but an interpretation of that ruling from the Rules Advisory Committee issued this week contradicted that statement. Clubs have been informed that players must be 17 or over on January 1 of the championship year, with serious concerns expressed by a number of the clubs present at Tuesday night’s meeting that this would impact on their ability to field a team. Sixmilebridge U-21 manager Tommy Liddy stated that up to 13 …

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