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Clare Local Soccer Round Up

Clare Soccer Round Up Banner Carpets and Flooring Clare Cup Round 1 Bridge Utd A 1-0 Kilkishen Celtic As expected, this was a game that saw Premier Division Bridge United pushed all the way by their near neighbours, with the East Clare side plying their trade in the second division of the league. Cup ties rarely pay any heed to league standings, and while Bridge United came out on the right side of the result, they were certainly not handed anything easy. The all important goal was courtesy of Jordan Downes with his first half header as the Bridge squeezed through and into the second round. Lifford A 3-4 Tulla Utd Both these sides might be struggling for league form, but they served up a high scoring encounter in this opening round cup tie. It was the visitors to Cassidy Park who started well with the wind at their backs, and raced into a 2-0 lead by the half-time whistle. …

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Kelly Stars as Clare Continue Winning Run in Wexford

Clare 0-18    Wexford 0-15 CLARE made it two from two in the national hurling league with a resilient win over Wexford in a blustery Wexford Park today. Clare had to do it the hard way as John Conlon was shown the line with 27 minutes gone for a blow to the head of Kevin Foley. Clare built a 0-12 to 0-4 lead by half-time but knew they had a metaphorical and literal storm to weather in the second half. Clare built that aforementioned lead through seven Tony Kelly frees and the Ballyea man was by far the best player on the field, for the second week running. Ryan Taylor and David Fitzgerald were also on form and bagged two points apiece in the first half. When Wexford came out for the second half, they had a spring in their step and launched a major comeback. This was spearheaded by Rory and Jack O’Connor as well as Paudie Foley with long …

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Proposed Dates Announced For Clare GAA 2020 Club Action

Derrick Lynch There will be no Clare club championship games played in April once more this year. The draft master fixtures plan for 2020 is to be discussed at next Tuesday’s county board meeting with the document being sent to clubs this week. It proposes that the first round of the senior football championship be played on the weekend of August 1, with the senior hurling championship getting underway the following week. These dates are dependent on the progress of the county teams, and will likely be reviewed closer to the time if needed. The proposed dates for this year’s county finals are October 18 (football) and October 25 (hurling). The provincial club quarter-finals are set to take place on November 8. The first championship due to get underway is the Clare U-21 hurling championship with that set to start on the weekend of March 7, while it also proposed for games in this championship to be played on St …

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“At This Level, If You Are Not Going In To Win, Then You Might As Well Just Stay At Home” – O’Connell

Derrick Lynch The 2020 intercounty season for Clare camogie gets underway this Sunday when they travel to St Brendan’s Park in Birr to take on Offaly in the opening round of the National Camogie League. It is a second year in charge for manager Ger O’Connell, with the make-up of his starting 15 likely to be much changed from their last outing in the 2019 championship. All Star Chloe Morey is not available for the coming season, while the Scariff-Ogonnelloe contingent will not be immediately involved after their run to the All-Ireland club semi-final last weekend. A number of other experienced players are also understood to be opting out for the coming year, but the Clonlara man is confident the younger members of the panel will step up to the place. “We have a really successful underage section that has been coming through in the last few years and getting to two All-Ireland finals in three years was a massive …

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Disappointing Weekend For Clare Teams in Munster Junior Cup

Clare Soccer Round Up Munster Junior Cup It was a disappointing weekend for Clare teams in Munster Junior Cup action as three more Banner sides bowed out of the provincial competition at the fourth round stage. Shannon Town 2-2 Dungarvan Utd (AET) – Dungarvan won 16-15 on penalties It will be of little comfort to Shannon Town that they were involved in something of a historic tie as they came out on the wrong side of a dramatic showdown. Penalty shootouts are always dramatic affairs, but this one surpassed all expectations with no less than 40 spot kicks being needed to finally separate two evenly matched sides. It was a cruel ending for Shannon Town who had shown great heart to respond from conceding a goal in extra-time to find another leveller which forced the game to the shootout. The sides were deadlocked at 1-1 after the opening 45 minutes with Colin Scanlan on target for the Shannon side. Both …

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Kelly Masterclass Sees Banner Rout Carlow

Clare 1-27 Carlow 0-14 CLARE opened their Allianz National Hurling League account with a wide-margin victory over Carlow in front of 2,283 in Cusack Park this afternoon. The Banner flew out of the traps and an early Shane O’Donnell goal was the catalyst for Clare’s success, and they eased their way to two points. Tony Kelly was the star of the show with 0-12 (0-7f) to kick-start Brian Lohan’s reign in the league in the perfect way. The game got off to a flyer in Cusack Park with five scores in the first two minutes, with Shane O’Donnell bagging an early goal thanks to great creative play from Ian Galvin to tee him up. Martin Kavanagh registered six of Carlow’s nine first half points and he as well as, John Michael and Chris Nolan slotted over early scores. Tony Kelly, Ian Galvin and David Reidy tormented Carlow with their speed in the middle third and Kelly landed five in the …

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Tubridy Haul Not Enough As Clare Lose Out In National Football League Opener

A tally of 0-8 for David Tubridy was not enough for Clare to overcome Westmeath in their National Football League Division Two opener with the Leinster outfit coming out on top by 2-9 to 1-11 in TEG Cusack Park. Clare had the wind in the opening period but trailed 1-5 to 1-3 as they headed for the dressing rooms. It had been a bright opening, with the visitors to Mullingar ahead by 1-2 to 0-1 after the opening 10 minutes. The Clare goal came from Gavin Cooney who pounced on a breaking ball after Dermot Coughlan’s initial shot was blocked, and he slid a cool finish to the net. That was quickly followed by a David Tubridy free, but another 27 minutes would pass before another Clare score materialised. Anthony McGivney rattled the net for Westmeath after good work from the impressive Ray Connellan, and they built on that to open up a two point lead. David Tubridy broke Clare’s …

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