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Minor footballers to play Kerry in semi-final

Clare 0-9 Limerick 1-5 Clare will play Kerry in the semi-final of the Munster minor football championship thanks to a hard earned one point win over neighbours Limerick at Miltown this evening in a game played before an official attendance of 676.  The winners led by two points at half time, 0-6 to 1-1 and would not have been flattered by a bigger lead at this time as they had dominated the opening half exchanges. It was a different story in the second half as Limerick had the better of matters and the visitors will point to missed chances as a reason for their loss. They kicked fifteen wides in total, twelve of which came in the second half. The game looked to be heading for extra time after Limerick substitute Conor O’Grady converted a free three minutes from time but Joseph McGann landed the winner for the home side two minutes later. McGann was one of the Clare stars …

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Clare's Sean Rouine under pressure from Limerick's Josh Ryan at Miltown on Wednesday night. Photograph by Arthur Ellis

Clare minor footballers defeat Limerick

Clare secured a provincial minor football semi-final date against title-holders Kerry on May 11, when they overcame Limerick in the opening round of the Munster Minor Football Championship at Hennessy Park in Miltown on Wednesday evening. Unlucky not to have been more than two points ahead at half-time, Clare were under pressure for much of a second half, in which Limerick hit 12 wides, bringing their total for the evening to 15. It was fitting that Clare full-forward, Joseph McGann should kick what proved to be the winning point. The St Breckan’s player caused a lot of problems for Limerick all evening and he finished as joint top-scorer for the winners, alongside his clubmate, Padraig Kelly. Clare had the better of matters in the opening 20 minutes, at the end of which they held a four-point advantage and their lead could have been greater. Indeed, there were calls for a penalty for the home side in the very first minute, …

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Minor football team named

Players from nine clubs make up the Clare minor football team that will face Limerick in the opening round of the Munster championship at Hennessy park in Miltown this Wednesday evening. Kilmurry Ibrickane and St. Breckans each have three players in the team while Ennistymon and Cooraclare have two each in the side which is Clare; Mark Lillis (Cooraclare); Peter Collins (Doora-Barefield), Jonah Culligan (Ballyvaughan), Damian O’Loughlin (Corofin) Capt.; Killian O’Flaherty (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Andrew Shannon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Rohan Danaher (St. Breckans); Dara Bohannon (Shannon Gaels), Padraig Kelly(St. Breckans); Ross O’Doherty (Ennistymon), Ciaran O’Donoghue (Cooraclare), Dermot Coughlan (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Sean Rouine (Ennistymon), Joseph McGann (St. Breckans), Gavin Cooney (Eire Og); Subs; Darren Torpey (Ennistymon); Brian Conway (Wolfe Tones), Conor Lynch (Clondegad), Diarmuid Meade (Miltown St. Josephs), Danny Griffin (Eire Og), Niall Kelly (Cooraclare), Tom Hannon (Doora-Barefield), Conor O’Loughlin (Corofin), David Lernihan (Kilmihil). By Seamus Hayes

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County Board’s finances ‘serious’

Treasurer of the Clare GAA County Board, Bernard Keane has admitted that the board’s finance are “serious” prompting them to acquire “a line of credit of €200,000″. The financial scenario was outlined to delegates attending this week’s meeting of Clare GAA and the meeting unanimously supported a request from the executive to sanction the borrowings. Treasurer Bernard Keane said, “This is a necessity. There is no income until July. The finances are very serious at the moment”. Secretary Pat Fitzgerald explained that the board hoped that the borrowings will be paid back before October. “All outgoings are between January and April and monies don’t start to flow until July. We have acquired similar resolutions from Croke Park and from Munster Council,” he added. Outlining the expenditure to date on county teams, the board treasurer said this amounted to €153,244.27. However, he cautioned that it will be higher as “there are a lot of bills to come in yet”. The breakdown of …

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Champions still unbeaten

With just five week to the first round of the Clare senior and intermediate hurling championships, a greater sharpness was evident as round 2 of the various adult hurling leagues were played this week. Double champions Sixmilebridge have full points after their latest outing when they were two points winners over Inagh-Kilnamona. Kilmaley are also unbeaten as they ran up an impressive tally of 4-17 when they defeated O’Callaghans Mills who scored 1-8. Newmarket are also unbeaten after two rounds, thanks to a five point win over Feakle while Clonlara are the other side with maximum points in division 1 A after a 0-17 to 1-7 win over Whitegate. Cratloe got off the mark and they looked quite sharp in their 1-21 to 0-7 win over Crusheen with Conor McGrath sparkling with 0-9 from play while Podge Collins was their goal scorer, turning a David O’Brien delivery past Donal Tuohy. Clarecastle had little difficulty in scoring their second win of …

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Strong finish gives Limerick deserved victory

Limerick 2-11 Clare 1-8 Before an attendance of 2,240 at the Gaelic grounds in Limerick this evening, the home team overcame Clare in the opening round of the Munster minor hurling championship. In what was a disappointing contest, two late goals helped Limerick to a merited win and a place in the semi-final on June 29. Clare must now face the losers of next week’s clash of Tipperary and Waterford as they go in search of a semi-final spot. Tipperary had a first round bue while Waterford suffered a four point loss to Cork this evening Playing with the aid of the wind, Clare had a dream start when Ian Murray goaled in the second minute but Limerick delivered a strong response in the form of three unanswered points in as many minutes to tie up the contest. This early scoring burst suggested a high scoring tie but it wasn’t the case as scored were few and far between for …

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Clare reach Oscar Traynor final

Clare 3 Donegal 1 Clinical Clare booked their place in the Oscar Traynor final for the second time in three years thanks to a merited two-goal victory over Donegal in Doora this afternoon Enjoying a 2-1 advantage at the interval, the decisive moment came about 23 minutes into the second-half when Clare were awarded a crucial penalty. Eoin Hayes stepped up to unleash an unstoppable rocket into the net past the hapless Joe Coll, While Donegal battled hard until the final whistle and managed to create a few goal chances, none of them were very clearcut and they couldn’t have any real complaints about the result. Clare got off to a dream start when Stephen Kelly scored a superb goal after four minutes. The Newmarket Celtic midfielder trapped a long delivery with his left, beat two defenders before he shot with his so-called weaker right foot from over 25 metres, which Joe Coll couldn’t hold and spilled the ball into …

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Shanagher’s goal rocks Tipperary

Clare 2-13 Tipperary 0-18 A great day for Clare sport concluded at Cusack Park on Sunday when the hurlers scored a one point win over Tipperary in the quarter final of the Allianz hurling league Earlier the footballers, despite going down to Kildare, had sealed a place in the final of division 3 in the league while, in soccer, Clare had qualified for the Oscar Traynor final with victory over Donegal Heading into Sunday’s Allianz hurling league quarter final against Tipperary wthout eight players that started in last summer’s championship qualifier clash with Cork, all ruled out due to injury, hopes of a Clare victory weren’t particularly high and the majority view was that Tipperary would go through for another tilt at Kilkenny. The Premier side looked to be on their way to victory when, with seven minutes remaining the visitors had edged into a three point lead but a storming finish saw Clare book a semi-final date with All-Ireland …

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