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Heartbreak for Ennistymon CBS

St. Declan’s Kilmacthomas 2-7 Ennistymon CBS 1-8 There was heartbreak for Ennistymon CBS in the Munster colleges Corn Shean Ui Mhurchu senior C football final at Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale on this Saturday afternoon. Ahead by six points at half time, things looked food for the North Clare outfit but they went twenty minutes of the second half without a s core and this proved very costly. Paul allen goaled for the Waterford side four minutes into the second half and this goal rocked the Clare side and clearly gave the winners great confidence. St.Declan’s had drawn level by the mid point of the half and then hit the front when full forward John Power goaled. Ennistymon fought back with three unanswered points in as many minutes to cut the winners lead to the minimum but despite their best efforts they were unable to get a levelling point and with the game in ‘injury time’ St.Declans landed the insurance …

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Banner hurlers head to the South East

Wexford’s main aim for this season’s National Hurling League is to retain Division 1 A status, according to team mentor Seoirse Bulfin. Speaking to The Clare Champion this week, he noted that “Wexford are finding their feet in Division 1A. It’s a very new experience for the Wexford players”. “We have made a good start but things didn’t work out on Saturday against Tipperary. Our main aim is to stay in Division 1 A and that’s still in our own hands. In the grand scheme of things, we take each game as it comes,” the Limerick native continued. A member of Davy Fitzgerald’s backroom team where ever he has been over the past decade, Bulfin is “not surprised that Clare are up at the top of the league”. “I worked with Clare for five years and they are superb hurlers with a great attitude. They are well seasoned in Division 1 A and all but one or two of the …

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Clare top hurling league table after latest victory

Clare 0-23 Cork 0-19 Clare sit comfortably at the top of the Allianz hurling league division 1 table this evening following their third successive victory in this season’s campaign. Before a somewhat disappointing attendance of 4,905 at Cusack park this afternoon they led from the outset against Cork who were forced to make two late changes with corner forwards Alan Cadogan and Conor Lehane being replaced by Daniel Kearney and Shane Kingston. The win has all but assured Clare of a place in the knock out stage of the competition while guaranteeing them their division 1 A status for next season It was one way traffic in the opening half at the end of which Clare held an eleven point advantage with the score at 0-16 to 0-5. While Cork had failed to capitalise on an excellent goal chance ten minutes from the break, Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy advancing from his line quickly to deflect Harnady’s effort behind, the home …

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Munster honours for Scariff C.C.

Scariff Community college 3-15 St.Augustine’s Dungarvan 3-6 A strong all round team performance helped Scariff Community college to the Munster colleges senior C hurling title at Mick Neville park in Rathkeale this Saturday afternoon. In a game in which they were never behind, the accounted for the defending champions St.Augustines from Dungarvan in front of a good attendance After the sides had exchanged points twice, the East Clare side opened a five point gap by the eighth minute, helped by the game’s opening goal which came from Mark Rodgers. Fergus Madden found the net at the start of the second quarter as the Sean McNamara managed Clare side went on to lead by six points, 2-8 to 1-5, at the interval. In the opening ten minutes of the second half the Waterford side struck for two goals in response to two points for the new champions and this left just two points between the sides with twenty minutes to play. …

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Two changes to hurling team for Cork visit

There are two changes to the starting line up for Clare hurlers for their Allianz round 3 division 1 hurling league against Cork at Cusack Park on Sunday from the team which started against Kilkenny two weeks ago. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley) and Niall Deasy (Ballyea), both introduced in Nowlan park, have been retained to the exclusion of David Fitzgerald and Cathal Malone who have both been impressive in the victories over Tipperary and Kilkenny. Andrew Fahy will wear the substitute goalkeeper’s jersey for this one Malone picked up an injury when helping U. L to victory in the Fitzgibbon cup semi-final on Tuesday night but it is understood that it’s not as serious as was first feared and he is listed amongst the substitutes for Sunday’s game which throws in at 2p.m. The team is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Jack Browne (Ballyea), Conor Cleary (Miltown, St Josephs),Patrick O’Connor (Tubber); Mikey O’Malley (Kilmaley), David McInerney (Tulla), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), …

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Clare to appeal proposed football bans

Suspensions have been proposed for two Clare footballers and team manager Colm Collins arising from the referee Jerome Henry’s report on Sunday’s national league game between Clare and Tipperary at Cusack Park. Clare will appeal the red card shown to Jamie Malone following his clash with Tipperary official Shane Stapleton, 11 minutes into the second half. While Stapleton was quickly back on his feet, he collapsed moments later and having received medical attention on the sideline, he was stretchered from the pitch and later removed to hospital, where he remained overnight. After the game, Tipperary manager Liam Kearns said Stapleton had hit his head off concrete when he fell. He stated he felt unwell and subsequently collapsed. Malone, who was attempting to retrieve the ball, which had gone over the sideline adjacant to where the Tipperary officials were positioned, was shown a straight red card. It is believed he was subsequently reported for a category four offence, which deals with …

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Footballers draw with Tipperary

Clare 0-11 Tipperary 0-11 IN the aftermath of Clare’s NFL division 2 draw with Tipperary in Ennis on Sunday, the visitors manager, Liam Kearns, expressed concern at the delay in an ambulance arriving at Cusack Park to bring an injured Tipperary mentor to hospital. Shane Stapleton was eventually removed, after a second half incident, during which he fell to the ground. “There is an ambulance about to collect him now. It still hasn’t got here, which is disappointing,” Kearns said. “He’s had a very bad bang to his head and we think he might have had a seizure so he’s going to hospital. Hopefully, he will be alright. It was a belt to his head. He went back and hit his head off the concrete behind him. He said to me after getting back up, ‘I don’t feel very well’. When I turned around again, he was lying on the ground in the foetal position. It is serious enough. Hopefully, …

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Banner fans dream of silverware

Hurling fans faced into the 2018 season with hope more than confidence. The loss of a few regulars to retirement, travel and injury has meant that some key players from the past decade have had to be replaced. Defeat in the final of the Munster league by neighbours Limerick, on a day when the Banner men failed to match the physicality of their opponents, only added to those fears. Fast forward just three weeks and victories over Tipperary and Kilkenny in the opening two rounds of the national league have Clare fans instead dreaming of silverware again. Tipperary and Kilkenny are difficult to beat on any occasion but adding to the excitement about these results is the fact that they were fully merited. Indeed, Clare should have won both by a much greater margin, particularly Sunday’s game in Nowlan Park. While all involved are entitled to be pleased with these results, it must be remembered that their opponents, in both …

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