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A dissapointed Clare goalie John Mulready following the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final against AUL Dublin at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.

Clare league beaten in Oscar Traynor final

Peter O’Connell

Dublin AUL 2 Clare League 0

Conor Dillon of AUL Dublin in action against Stephen Kelly of Clare League during the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.
Conor Dillon of AUL Dublin in action against Stephen Kelly of Clare League during the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.

ALTHOUGH the Clare League held a man advantage for almost an hour of Sunday’s Oscar Traynor final in Dublin, two second half goals won it for the home team.

AUL’s Stewart Glynn was red carded in the 32nd minute of the first half following a tackle on Clare’s Alan Kelly. The game was goalless at that stage and remained so at half time. Clare goalkeeper John Mulready made several excellent first half saves and also did well in the second half.

Eoin Hayes of Clare League in action against Conor Dillon of AUL Dublin during the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.
Eoin Hayes of Clare League in action against Conor Dillon of AUL Dublin during the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.

He was though rather unluckily caught out for AUL’s first goal, which was netted by right back Damien Cuffe seven minutes into the second period. The defender appeared to be trying to cross the ball but somehow the ball spun over a wrong footed Mulready and into the Clare net.

The 10 men of the AUL were buoyed by this and played some good stuff thereafter. They sealed the result nine minutes from time when left back Mark Mooney goaled from a yard after excellent work by Dean Carpenter.

What will disappoint Clare most is the fact that they didn’t play to their capability. The fluency of their play, evident in previous rounds, was not on show in north Dublin.

Colin Smyth of Clare League in action against Stuart Glynn of AUL Dublin during the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.
Colin Smyth of Clare League in action against Stuart Glynn of AUL Dublin during the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.

On an afternoon when most of the Clare players didn’t perform, John Mulready excelled in goals, while Eoin O’Brien was composed at centre-half and tried to use the ball intelligently.

Eoin Hayes looked dangerous in the opening half but wasn’t as involved as Clare needed thereafter.

Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin
Eoin O Brien of Clare League in action against Stuart Glynn of AUL Dublin during the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.

Clare: John Mulready; Matty Nugent, Darren Cullinan, Darren Murphy, Eoin O’Brien, Alan Kelly, Colin Smyth, Stephen Kelly, Stephen Hickey, David McCarthy (c), Eoin Hayes.

Subs: Alan Brigdale for Alan Kelly (inj), Darryl Eade for Stephen Hickey, Paddy O’Malley for David McCarthy.

AUL: Mark Hatton; Damien Cuffe, Mark Mooney, Conor Dillon, Paddy Brophy, Damien Joyce, Alan Talbot, John Meleady (c), Mark Towney, Stuart Glynn, Dean Carpenter.

Subs: Gavin McDermott for Damien Cuffe, Dean Gibbons for Damien Joyce, Arron Humphries for Alan Talbot.

Referee: Oliver Falsey.

Clare League manager Liam Murphy on the sideline in the closing stages of the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final against AUL Dublin, at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh. Photograph by John Kelly.
Clare League manager Liam Murphy on the sideline in the closing stages of the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final against AUL Dublin, at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh. Photograph by John Kelly.
Referee Oliver Falsey sends off  of AUL Dublin in action against XX of Clare League during the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.
Referee Oliver Falsey sends off Stuart Glynn of AUL Dublin during the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly.

About Peter O'Connell

West Clare native Peter O'Connell has worked for The Clare Champion for 12 years and covers everything from sport, especially GAA, news, features and has been even known to branch into the fashion scene on occasion.

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