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A chance for hurlers to experiment

Waterford may only have a very slim outside chance of avoiding the Division 1 A relegation play-off but the fact that they have not managed a home win in this season’s competition is sure to be a major driving force, when they entertain Clare in the final group game in this season’s Senior Hurling League, which is scheduled for a 2.30pm start at Walsh Park on Sunday. After suffering their only defeat in this season’s competition when going down to Wexford on Sunday last, Clare are keen to return to winning ways. Victory on Sunday will keep them near the top and they could well be top of the table come Sunday evening, depending on other results. Last week’s cancellation of all fixtures, due to the heavy snowfalls across the country, will have given players a welcome rest at a time of the year when they are particularly busy, especially those who were involved in colleges competitions. The delay “has …

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Collins looking for Newry-like energy

ON February 25, 230 miles away from their home county, the Clare footballers had a choice. Either they folded, as they did against Meath in Navan three weeks beforehand, or they delved a bit deeper and forcibly quizzed Down on what they were made of. Minus the suspended Jamie Malone and Gordon Kelly, Clare wrought superb displays from a team that featured five starting players still in the first season of their senior inter-county careers. On Sunday at 2pm in Cusack Park, Clare will aim to replicate the attitude and decision-making evident in Newry. That day, they shot at goal 15 times, kicking 13 scores and managed not to miss Ciaran Russell, who was sent off on a yellow and black card. Since he was deployed as sweeper in the Tipperary game, Russell has solidified Clare and made them somewhat harder to break down. In their defeat to Meath in Navan, Clare were cut open regularly, as the home county …

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Club v county still an issue in Clare

IN 2017, it took 36 weeks to complete the seven-round Cusack Cup campaign. It started on March 11 and concluded on November 29, when Kilmurry-Ibrickane won the competition for the seventh successive season. While a semi-final date has not been fixed for this season’s Division 1 football league, the aim seems to be to finish the league before the first round of the Senior Football Championship. The last round is on May 27 or June 9 and, with only one semi-final to be played, Clare GAA might pull it off. The team that finishes top of the table automatically qualifies for the final, while second and third meet in a semi-final. One of the issues raised last year was the absence of county players for a round played mid-summer. This weekend, with Clare playing Roscommon in their refixed NFL game, club teams will line out without their county players. Clubs are not enamoured about this but it seems likely that …

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Hurling team shows five changes

The Clare senior hurling team to play Waterford at Walsh Park on Sunday will show five changes from that which started against Wexford last time out. Patrick O’Connor, David Fitzgerald and Tony Kelly return to the side having missed the Wexford tie due to injury (OConnor) and the Fitzgibbon cup final. Up front Ian Galvin and Conor McGrath come in for Niall Deasy and Conor McGrath. Midfielder Colm Galvin is ruled out due to injury. Paul Flanagan (Ballyea) and Cathal McInerney(Cratloe) return from injury and are amongst the substitutes. the team is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Patrick O’Connor (Tubber), Conor Cleary ( Miltown St. Josephs), Jack Browne (Ballyea); Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), David McInerney (Tulla), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona); Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); Ian Galvin (Clonlara), John Conlon (Clonlara), David Reidy (Éire Óg ); Conor McGrath (Cratloe), Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg) SUBSTITUTES: Andrew Fahy (Whitegate), Mikey O’Malley (Kilmaley), Paul Flanagan (Ballyea), Cathal McInerney (Cratloe), Daragh Corry (Tulla), …

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Wexford end Clare’s winning run

Wexford 0-20 Clare 1-13 A physically stronger Wexford ended Clare’s unbeaten run in this season’s Allianz hurling league at Wexford park this Sunday afternoon where they emerged as deserving winners. A powerful third quarter where they outscored Clare 0-8 to 0-1 proved decisive for the home side as they bounced back from last week’s loss to Tipperary. Clare played with the aid of the breeze in the first half and went to the break with a point point lead, 0-8 to 0-7. There was a key moment midway through the opening half when Colm Galvin suffered a heavy knock which led to his withdrawal from the game just before half time and this loss was a blow to Clare At the end of a first half in which no quarter was asked or given, Clare led by a point. Wexford made the brighter start and raced two points clear after three minutes but a brace from John Conlon had the …

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Magnificent away win for footballers

Clare 1-12 Down 1-10 THE Clare footballers showed magnificent heart and spirit to emerge from Newry with a superb two point win in their NFL division 2 tie against the home county. They had to play the final 22 minutes, including injury time, with just 14 men after Ciaran Russell was black carded. He was already on a yellow card. Although they scored just a single point after Eoghan Collins had put Clare 1-11 to 1-9 ahead, 15 minutes into the second half, they fought manfully for the win, which lifts them onto four points in the table. Clare led by four points, 1-9 to 1-5, half-time. Cooraclare’s Seán O’Donoghue scored a superb goal after just 32 seconds when he cut through the Down defence and hammered a shot high into the roof of Marc Reid’s net. They added a range of top class points with Keelan Sexton, Cian O’Dea, David Tubridy and Kieran Malone all kicking scores from play. …

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Clare make two changes for clash with Wexford

The Clare team to play Wexford in round 4 of the Allianz hurling league features two changes from the side that beat Cork in Cusack Park last weekend. Cathal Malone comes in for Tony Kelly at midfield while Jason McCarthy replaces team captain Patrick O’Connor at corner back. Conor Cleary, fresh from his Fitzgibbon cup success with University of Limerick this Saturday afternoon, will captain the team Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe) and Gary Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills) have beenincluded in the substitutes for the first time in this league The team is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Jack Browne (Ballyea), Conor Cleary (Miltown, St Josephs), Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona); Mikey O’Malley (Kilmaley), David McInerney (Tulla), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge); Niall Deasy (Ballyea), John Conlon (Clonlara), David Reidy (Éire Óg); Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg ) Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin) Podge Collins (Cratloe) Subs; Andrew Fahy (Whitegate), Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe), Gearoid O’Connell (Ballyea), Gary Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills), Daragh Corry (Tulla), Conor McGrath …

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Heartbreak for Ennistymon CBS

St. Declan’s Kilmacthomas 2-7 Ennistymon CBS 1-8 There was heartbreak for Ennistymon CBS in the Munster colleges Corn Shean Ui Mhurchu senior C football final at Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale on this Saturday afternoon. Ahead by six points at half time, things looked food for the North Clare outfit but they went twenty minutes of the second half without a s core and this proved very costly. Paul allen goaled for the Waterford side four minutes into the second half and this goal rocked the Clare side and clearly gave the winners great confidence. St.Declan’s had drawn level by the mid point of the half and then hit the front when full forward John Power goaled. Ennistymon fought back with three unanswered points in as many minutes to cut the winners lead to the minimum but despite their best efforts they were unable to get a levelling point and with the game in ‘injury time’ St.Declans landed the insurance …

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