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Clare footballers need bench impact

As Clare prepare to head to Newbridge on Sunday, in Round 6 of NFL Division 2, one statistic from their first five games stands out. While Clare have made 22 substitutions up to now, 15 of which were from midfield up, no substitute has yet kicked a score. Of the 15 attacking players introduced, seven were brought on in the last 10 minutes. The 15 substitutes referred to have played for a total of two hours and 52 minutes, without adding a score to Clare’s tally. This fact illustrates Clare’s lack of impact from the bench and while it is difficult for substitutes to immediately get up to the pitch of a game, particularly if it is getting away from their team, it is an area that Clare must try to improve on. Of course, in recent games they have been down personnel, with Seán Collins injured and Shane McGrath opting out of the panel. Ciarán Russell was a big …

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Seadna ready for ‘all-out battle’

To secure victory over Waterford in the National Hurling League at Cusack Park on Sunday, Clare must hit the ground running, according to defender Seadna Morey. “We know each other well. We have played at underage, as well as at senior in recent years. We all know the way Waterford play and we must focus on that this week,” he said. The Sixmilebridge man went on, “It’s nice to be injury free and getting a chance. There is a great buzz with the team and it’s a great scene.” Acknowledging that it’s a huge game, he said, “Look at the league. We are second at the moment but we can still get stuck in relegation. That shows the competition. Going into the last game, it’s important to get that final win. The competition is very keen, as evidenced by the fact that a team can perform one week and then get turned over the next. “In the Kilkenny game, the …

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Footballers well beaten in Enniskillen

Fermanagh 0-18 Clare 1-10 A disappointing second half display, during which Clare were outscored 0-10 to 1-3 by Fermanagh, contributed significantly to their second league defeat of the 2017 season. With upcoming games away to Kildare next weekend and at home to Meath on Sunday fortnight, Clare now sit on five points. They were outplayed in most sectors by Fermanagh who looked driven and focused on picking up two crucial points. Following an intense first half, Fermanagh led 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time. Clare played some good football in patches but frustratingly they lost possession on a couple of occasions, which led directly to points for the home county. Eoin Cleary pointed 0-5 in the first half, 0-4 from frees, while David Tubridy pointed 0-2, 0-1 from play. The Doonbeg forwards point from play was Clare’s first score and he put it over in the tenth minute. Fermanagh had a more even scoring spread in that half with Seán Quigley …

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Disappointing end to Ballyea’s All-Ireland campaign

Cuala 2-19 Ballyea 1-10 A magnificent season for Ballyea ended in disappointment at Croke Park this afternoon when they were outplayed by their Dublin counterparts,Cuala in the All-Ireland senior club hurling final. The Claremen can have few arguments with the outcome as Cuala dominated in all the key areas and were full value for their victory in a tie in which Ballyea’s key players failed to dominate as they had done in previous rounds. Credit must go to the new All-Ireland champions for the manner in which they nullified Ballyea’s star man Tony Kelly in particular and also in the way they didn’t allow Niall Deasy to have as big a influence as Ballyea fans had hoped for At the end of a low scoring first quarter the winners led by the odd point in three but then a slip up by the Clare side’s defence led to the opening for Colm Cr0nin to strike for the game’s first goal …

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All-Ireland Club Final Live Blog & Photos

Peter O’Connell in Croke Park RESULT: Cuala 2-19 Ballyea 1-10. Cuala are 2017 All-Ireland club hurling champions. They were sharper and took their chances. Darragh O’Connell and David Treacy were outstanding. Ballyea gave it their last drop but the fluency just wasn’t there today. They represented Clare superbly though in Munster and in the All-Ireland series. 58 mins: Darragh O’Connell with Cualas 16th point. Mark Schutte adds to it. Cuala 2-17 Ballyea 1-10 54 mins: Jake Malone plants a Cuala goal. Cuala 2-15 Ballyea 1-10. Cuala have one hand on Tommy Moore. 53: Darragh O’Connell replies with a Cuala point. Five in it. There’s still time if Ballyea can lift it. Cuala 1-15 Ballyea 1-10 50 mins: GOAL. Niall Deasy buries it for Ballyea. Cuala 1-14 Ballyea 1-10. Four point game. 49 mins: Deasy and Treacy trade pointed frees. Cuala 1-13 Ballyea 0-10. Ballyea need a goal. 47 mins: Deasy with his fifth free. A six point game now. Maybe …

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Hurlers in hospital

TWO club hurlers remain in hospital this week following injuries sustained in matches on Sunday. Kilmaley’s Diarmuid McMahon is in hospital in Galway, having suffered a serious head injury while playing for his club in a challenge game against Ardrahan. The principal teacher at Stonehall National School in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Diarmuid has been a key figure in Kilmaley’s senior team for more than a decade. Speaking on behalf of the club, secretary Patrick O’Malley wished Diarmuid “a speedy and full recovery”. Teenager James McMahon, meanwhile, was also removed to hospital in Limerick, after helping Newmarket to victory over Sixmilebridge in the U-21 A championship quarter-final at Gurteen. A student at St Caimin’s in Shannon, James is understood to have picked up an injury midway through the first half but played on until near the end of normal time. “It’s unfortunate that James picked up this injury and, on behalf of the club, I wish him well and we hope to see …

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GAA championship draws

The draw for the intermediate and junior A hurling and the junior A football championships was made at the March meeting of Clare GAA which took place this Tuesday evening at the Woodstock hotel. Kilmaley who were relegatedfrom senior at the end of last year will meet their neighbours and arch rivals Inagh-Kilnamona in a first round tie. Last year’s beaatenfinalists Broadford will face Sixmilebridge 1 while Sixmilebridge 2 will be up against Parteen. The details are Intermediate hurling; Clonlara v Clarecastle; Ruan v Cratloe; Corofin v Killanena; Inagh-Kilnamona v Kilmaley; Tubber v Scariff; Smith O’Briens v Newmarket; Broadford v Sixmilebridge 1; Sixmilebridge 2 v Parteen Junior A hurling Group 1; Broadford, Ennistymon, Clooney-Quin, St. Josephs, Kilmaley; Group 2; Crusheen, Meelick, Ballyea, Eire Og Group 3; Wolfe Tones, Ogonnelloe, O’Callaghans Mills, Bodyke Junior A football Group 1; Cratloe, Killimer, Clooney-Quin, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Moy Group 2; Naomh Eoin, Cooraclare, Ballyvaughan, Ennistymon; Group 3; Wolfe Tones,Eire Og, Miltown, Lissycasey; Group 4; Kilrush, Michael …

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Ahead of Friday’s All-Ireland final, Ballyea’s Jack Browne tells all

Name: Jack Browne Age: 23 Occupation: Teacher Favourite hurler: Seanie McMahon Favourite food: Chocolate Favourite song: Dynamite Who is the best singer on the panel? Gudgy O’Connell Who thinks they can sing but can’t? Joe Neylon Who is the best craic on a night out? James Murphy Who always wants to go home early? Redgy O’Connor Other sporting interests? Greyhounds You may not know this about me but I …… am a natural forward

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