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Brilliant Banner Banish Waterford Blues In Munster SHC Opener

Clare withstood a late Waterford rally to overcome the Deise by the minimum in a titanic tussle in the Munster SHC. The ideal start to the game fell Clare’s way, when John Conlon was allowed the freedom of Walsh Park inside the Waterford area, and he punished them with a brilliant goal. Shane O’Donnell was the architect of the chance, and when he found the big Clonlara man, he rounded Stephen O’Keeffe before lashing home. It set Clare on a pedestal in the first half which saw them go in 1-13 to 0-10 ahead at the break after a brilliant opening period. All bar one of the Clare forwards got on the score-sheet, with Peter Duggan sending over 0-6 in the first half with 0-5 of those from frees. In the closing ten minutes of the half, Clare outscored their hosts by 0-7 to 0-2 to establish a foothold in the game as they put the home side under constant …

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Clare Minors Victorious In Waterford

CLARE have opened their Munster Minor hurling campaign with a 0-17 to 0-15 victory over Waterford in Walsh Park this afternoon. Clare trailed three points to one after five minutes as Waterford started quickly but Clare soon found their groove and points from their full-forward line of Conner Hegarty, Diarmaid Cahill and Keith Smyth soon gave them the lead. Indeed this inside line combo bagged 12 of the Banner’s 17 points with Smyth notching five, including three frees. Hegarty was massively influential as he buzzed around and caused constant havoc to the Waterford defence, scoring four from play and looking a star of the future. Waterford’s free takers Aaron Ryan and Reuben Halloran did keep them in the game and while Clare were the better side in the opening half, they led by just one at half-time with the score 0-10 to 0-09. The Déise then took the lead in the second half with two more frees from Ryan and …

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Bugler & Guilfoyle Assess Clare v Waterford In Munster SHC Opener

Two-time Clare All Star Brendan Bugler feels the Banner’s 2019 Munster hurling championship opener against Waterford may prove to be a step too far at the outset of the campaign. Having been forced to play their designated home games in Semple Stadium and the Gaelic Grounds last year, the Deise are now back on home soil in Walsh Park this time around with Clare and Tipperary set to make the trip to the south-east over the coming weeks. 2018 was the first of a three-year trial of the new format, with Clare having home ties against Waterford and Limerick last year. Home advantage proved crucial for every side involved, with Clare being the only team to win on the road thanks to Ian Galvin’s late goal in Thurles on a dramatic day. A crippling injury list coupled with no home games cost Waterford dearly as they failed to register any victory from their four games, picking up just one point …

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Countdown Almost Over To 2019 Munster SHC

In many respects it is hard to believe that this weekend is the start of Championship 2019 for the Banner. With April dedicated to club games, it meant that thoughts of inter-county action were subconsciously moved to the back of the mind for a few weeks. It was only when the calendar ticked over into May that the reality seemed to dawn that there was less than a fortnight to go. The time for talking is almost over. It is time to hit series record on the Sunday Game once more. Summer 2018 was one that some of the Clare senior hurling camp have described as being like a renaissance. The lows of the Cork defeats, the highs of the Limerick win, the tailbacks in shops in the mad rush for tickets, the tailbacks near Moneygall on the road to Croke Park for the All-Ireland semi-final, Shanagher’s net-buster in the rain, McCarthy summoning his inner Domhnall O’Donovan, and that goal-post …

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Banner Minor Hurlers Set To Open 2019 Championship Season

As the countdown to the first game of the new Munster championship intensifies, so too does the anticipation for the Clare minor hurlers. Fergal Lynch’s crew will be in action in the curtain raiser on Sunday afternoon as they take on the home side in the first of this year’s round-robin series. With a large home crowd expected in the Waterford city venue, it will be a unique experience for almost the entirety of this squad as they bid to get a huge day for Clare hurling off to a positive start. 2013 All-Ireland winner Lynch admits it is a date that has come around quickly. “Time really has flown since we first met back in October. We have a lot of work done between training sessions and challenge games and we have learned a lot about our players and our management team. It has been very enjoyable so far but the ultimate test will come now on Sunday and …

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Nervy Clare Overcome Waterford To Set Up Munster SFC Semi-Final Clash With Kerry

Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final: Clare 0-9 Waterford 0-8 Clare were forced to overcome a nervy finish before overcoming Waterford and booking their spot in the Munster SFC semi-final. The Banner saw a six point half-time lead whittled away as Waterford hit 0-6 unanswered in the second half to almost spring an upset. After what was an uninspiring opening period, Clare led 0-8 to 0-2 with Eoin Cleary accounting for 0-6 of that tally. Waterford set up defensively, with their 15 men often packed inside their own 45 metre line which led to long periods of sustained Clare possession as they looked to find a gap in the cover. The Banner raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes, with all of those coming from Cleary. The first came when he converted a free after Gavin Cooney was fouled, and another from distance after Darragh Bohannon was upended. That free came as a result of Clare …

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Cleary Looking Forward To Championship Opener

2019 has already been something of a mixed bag for Eoin Cleary. The St Joseph’s Miltown man missed out on the early part of the season having undergone surgery on a hand injury before Christmas. He made his return to action in Clare’s National League loss to Kildare, before going on to help the Banner retain their status in Division Two with victory over Tipperary on the final day. As championship approaches, the Limerick based Garda is looking forward to what he hopes will be a successful few months ahead. “Once the euphoria of Thurles died down, this game against Waterford is the only one we have been talking about. We have always been striving in Clare football to keep improving each time we go out on the field, and the next step for us is to make the Munster final. That journey starts on May 11 against Waterford in Cusack Park and we are looking forward to that. It …

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