Clare 1-28 Galway 1-16
FIELDING a completely separate team in each half, Clare scored a comprehensive win over Galway in a senior hurling challenge game played in Quilty on Sunday evening. The game was the first to feature an All-Ireland hurling winning team playing in west Clare and was played to mark Kilmurry Ibrickane’s 100th anniversery celebrations. The Liam McCarthy Cup was on display throughout the game.
Clare led 0-12 to 1-7 at half time, largely thanks to 0-6 from Colin Ryan, who also impressed in open play. Damien Hayes scored the Galway goal in the opening half, while Jason Flynn put over five points from frees and play for Anthony Cunningham’s team.
Galway introduced Joe Canning at half time and while he scored an early point from play, Canning didn’t look very sharp with David McInerney retaining the upper hand on the Galway captain.
Amongst those to impress for Clare were Seán Collins and Colin Ryan in the opening half, while McInerney, Cathal Malone and Bobby Duggan did well in the second period.
The game was watched by a huge crowd at the scenic west Clare venue, while both teams were led out by local school children.
Clare first half team: Pat Kelly; Domhnall O’Donovan, Cillian Duggan, Conor Cooney, Stephen O’Halloran, Pat O’Connor, Paul Flanagan; Pat Donnellan, Seán Collins; Peter Duggan, Colin Ryan, Aaron Cunningham; David Reidy, Darrach Honan, Cathal McInerney.
Subs: Colm Galvin for Pat Donnellan, David McInerney for Conor Cooney, Cian Dillon for Jack Browne, Podge Collins for John Conlon, Brendan Buglar for Conor Cleary.
Clare second half team: Derek Fahy; Jack Browne, David McInerney, Seadna Morey; Jamie Shanahan, Alan O’Neill, Conor Cleary; Nicky O’Connell, Shane Golden; Cathal Malone, Tony Kelly, Bobby Duggan; Shane Gleeson, John Conlon, Davy O’Halloran.
Scorers: Colin Ryan (0-6, 0-2f, 0-2 ’65), John Conlon (1-2), Seán Collins (0-3), Darrach Honan, Davy O’Halloran, Cathal Malone, Shane Gleeson, Brendan Buglar (0-2 each), Cathal McInerney, Nicky O’Connell, Podge Collins, Shane Golden, Bobby Duggan, Tony Kelly, Jamie Shanahan (0-1) each.
Galway: Aidan Ryan; Darragh O’Donoghue, Paul Killeen, John Hanbury; Shane Kavanagh, Iarla Tannian, Martin Dolphin; Tadgh Horan, Kevin Hynes; Gearóid McInerney, Niall Burke, Jason Flynn; Dara Dolan, Davy Glennon, Damien Hayes.
Subs: Joe Canning for Dara Dolan, Aidan Harte for Shane Kavanagh, Padraig Landers for Jason Flynn, Joe Cooney for Martin Dolphin.
Scorers: Joe Canning (0-6, 0-4f), Jason Flynn (0-5, 0-4f), Damien Hayes (1-1), Niall Burke (0-3), Padraig Landers (0-1).
Referee: Damien Fox