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Not a bad debut for a first-timer

NOT bad for a full debutante! When Cork referee Cathal McAllister blew the opening whistle at 4.30pm, it signalled the start of Cian Dillon’s inter-county hurling career.

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Lyons praises character of ‘great’ winning squad

“YOU don’t win All-Irelands if you don’t have character and there is great character in this squad”. So said Clare team coach Cyril Lyons shortly after Sunday’s historic All-Ireland U-21 victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park.

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Blazing a scoring path

A nine-point haul in an All-Ireland final is a tremendous achievement and certainly worthy of special praise. Newmarket’s Colin Ryan achieved such a feat on Sunday when his scores played a crucial part in Clare recording a memorable, one-point victory over defending champions Kilkenny.

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Cats shut down Honan threat

Prior to this season’s Munster U-21 A hurling championship he wasn’t that widely known outside of Clare. But on the way to last Sunday’s final Darach Honan’s performances landed him squarely in the limelight.

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Cormac fires Clare into history books

Two points from two shots on goal – not a bad return for Clare midfielder Cormac O’Donovan. Throw in the fact that the second of the Clonara man’s points won Clare’s first ever All-Ireland U-21 hurling title and the significance of his perfect record zooms up the scale.

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Banner ladies beat Kilmihil

Banner Ladies 4-10  Kilmihil 2-7 A GAME Kilmihil side couldn’t make home advantage count last Saturday evening as the Banner ladies retained their title in scorching conditions. They were made work hard for it, but the Banner were the better side and had a bit more balance, along with a few really dangerous forwards. In one sense, their victory is even more impressive when one takes into account that they played most of the second half with 14, as Michelle Delaney was first sin binned and then red-carded within three minutes of returning.

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Cooraclare tear away from Miltown

Cooraclare 4-13  Miltown 1-4 THE second half of the senior B final turned into a rout on Saturday, with Cooraclare scoring 10 times and Miltown raising just one flag. While Cooraclare supporters wouldn’t have expected it to become so one-sided, at half-time their side already looked the superior outfit as they were more composed in possession and had more incisive forwards.

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On-form Kilmurry ease past O’Curry’s

Kilmurry-Ibrickane 2-14  O’Curry’s 0-7 Following a leaden performance against Ennistymon in their final group match, Kilmurry Ibrickane needed a test of their resolve. They’ll have to see what the Cooraclare v Doonbeg replay winners have to offer before being hit with a real championship challenge.

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