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Clare Facing Into Lion’s Den For Munster MFC Showdown With Kerry

Clare take on Kerry this evening in the second round of the Munster Minor Football championship Phase Two. Dermot Coughlan’s side make the trip to Austin Stack Park in Tralee to face a Kingdom outfit who are bidding for a sixth provincial title. The Banner come into the game off the back of a 3-9 to 0-14 loss against Cork last week, meaning they must beat Kerry in order to progress to the provincial decider. 2019 has seen Clare already play five games in the newly revamped minor series, and claimed silverware after beating Tipperary in the Phase One Darrel Darcy final. Manager Dermot Coughlan is looking forward to the challenge. “It is all coming down to our last game which is our fifth of the year. We are coming in off the back of a real championship game against Cork last week in Cusack Park. It is all down to this one now and we know we have to …

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Newmarket Celtic Complete Clean Sweep Of Domestic Soccer Titles

Hugh Kelly Premier Division Cup Final: Newmarket Celtic A 3-0 Avenue United A Newmarket Celtic completed a clean sweep of all top level domestic soccer titles in Clare with a comfortable win over rivals Avenue United on Tuesday night. It means the Liam Murphy and Davy Ryan coached side can now add this title to the league and cup crowns as they put the icing on a remarkable domestic season for the club. The victory also continued their recent dominance over their Ennis rivals, who are the team that pushed them closest in both the league and cup throughout the season. The last time they met in Frank Healy Park was in the Clare Cup semi-final, when only a second-half David Reidy goal separated the sides. Newmarket A showed no complacency in their team selection with all the big hitters included despite having the Clare Cup final just four days previously. It showed on the pitch as they dominated the …

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Clare Champion Sports Chat Podcast Monday May 20th 2019

On this weeks podcast: Derrick, Peter & Eoghan look back on the Clare Cup soccer final, the second weekend of the Munster SHC, and how far is too far with sledging in sport? [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/623568486?secret_token=s-64Nj4″ params=”color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

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Late Rebel Rally Denies Brave Banner In Munster MFC Phase Two Clash

Munster Minor Football Championship Phase Two Round Two: Clare 0-14 Cork 3-9 A late Cork rally saw them overcome a spirited Clare in this Munster Minor Football Phase Two contest. After an entertaining opening period, the sides headed for the dressing rooms deadlocked thanks to a brilliantly struck “45 from Jamie Stack. It was no more than Clare deserved in particular after they stormed into the contest to kick the opening two scores. As ever, Shane Meehan was prominent throughout as he caused problems for the Cork defence with every possession. A trend would develop in the first half which saw the Banner captain fouled on almost every occasion that he won the ball, and he punished the Rebels with 0-3 from placed balls in the first-half. The first of these came after just three minutes, and the Ennistymon duo of Brendan Rouine and Diarmuid Fahy combined for Fahy to notch Clare’s second from the resultant kick-out. The visitors to …

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Draws Made For 2019 Clare GAA Club Championships

The draws for the 2019 Clare GAA club championships have thrown up some mouth-watering pairings across both codes. Clare Senior and Intermediate Football Championships The new look 13-team Clare senior football championship will see one of the main contenders exit the race for Jack Daly at the group stages, as 2016 finalists Cratloe have been paired with 2017 finalists Clondegad and 2014 finalists Eire Óg. Following a recommendation from the football review committee, last year saw five teams relegated from the top tier in an effort to create a more competitive championship at both senior and intermediate levels. One of the stipulations involved was the accommodation of a group team if one materialised. That led to Loop Head peninsula neighbours Naomh Eoin and O’Curry’s deciding to take their successful underage pairing all the way through to adult level, while also competing individually at the intermediate grade. It was also decided to seed the semi-finalists from the 2018 championship for the …

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Champion Sports Chat Monday May 13th 2019

On this week’s podcast: Derrick Lynch is joined by Fergie O’Loughlin, Peter O’Connell and Eoghan Moloney to review the opening weekend of the Munster SHC & SFC for Clare. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/619961688?secret_token=s-Sppte” params=”color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

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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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