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Clare Just Fall Short In Munster MHC Final

A dominant second-half display from Limerick saw them overcome Clare in the Munster MHC Final by 1-17 to 1-11. It had been a strong start from Clare with Tony Butler and Shane Meehan landing good scores inside the opening three minutes to put the Banner 0-2 to 0-0 clear. The impressive Cathal O’Neill was central to the Limerick challenge and he got the first of his six first half points before Aidan O’Connor levelled the tie moments later. Two frees from Meehan & Cian Galvin restored Clare’s two point advantage, and a brilliant score from Diarmaid Cahill extended the lead to three. Clare’s puckout was under real pressure and Limerick took full advantage to reel off four unanswered scores through O’Neill to move into the lead for the first time in the contest. Killian O’Connor and Patrick O’Donovan swapped scores while a fine effort from Cormac Murphy levelled the game at 0-7 each with half-time looming. The home side at …

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Clare Move Closer To Super Eights After Gutsy Westmeath Win

Clare withstood a late rally from Westmeath to secure their place in the last round of All Ireland SFC Qualifiers with a 1-13 to 0-15 win. It was level at the break at 0-8 each after an opening period filled with talking points. The home side in Mullingar lost both their star forwards inside the first 15 minutes with John Heslin black carded for a late challege on Clare captain Gary Brennan, while Ger Egan was forced off after picking up a knee injury. Egan had opened the scoring but Clare struck back with four unanswered in an many minutes to go 0-4 to 0-1 clear. Conal O’hAinifein drove through the Westmeath defence before offloading to Jamie Malone to apply the finish. Cathal O’Connor was next to score as he thumped over a brilliant effort from the right flank to send Clare into the lead. Malone got his second when he was found by Gary Brennan and the Corofin man …

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Clare Team Named For Munster MHC Final

Clare Minor Hurling Manager Fergal Lynch has named his side for Sunday’s Munster MHC Final.    1. Aaron Shanahan Tulla 2. Storm Devanney Sixmilebridge 3. Adam Hogan Feakle 4. Cillian McGroary Corofin 5. Ja Collins Eire Og 6. Cian Galvin (C) Clarecastle 7. Tony Butler Doora Barefield 8. Colm O Meara Clonlara 9. Cormac Murphy O Callaghans Mills 10. Killian O Connor Corofin 11. Oisin Clune Feakle 12. Keith Smyth Kilanena 13. Shane Meehan Banner 14. Conner Hegarty Inagh Kilnamona 15. Diarmaid Cahill Corofin 16. Seanie Doyle Bodyke 17. Oisin O Donnell Crusheen 18. Callum Beirne Clooney Quin 19. Sean Wiley Bodyke 20. Eoin Guilfoyle Clooney Quin 21. Marc O Loughlin Corofin 22. Sean Ronan Kilmaley 23. Dylan Downes Sixmilebridge 24. Shane Punch Ruan Manager: Fergal Lynch Coaches: Jimmy Meagher and Francis Browne S&C: Keith Hennessy & Tom Downes Physio: Rosaleen Monahan Logistics: John O Sullivan Statistics: Tony McMahon

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Brilliant Banner Book Spot In Round Three Of All Ireland SFC Qualifiers

Clare booked their spot in the next round of All Ireland SFC Qualifiers with an impressive 3-17 to 0-17 win over Leitrim in Carrick on Shannon. An outstanding first half from Colm Collins’ men set them on their way to victory as they built up a 2-12 to 0-6 lead by the half-time whistle. The goals came in a dominant 10 minute spell that saw the Banner raid for 2-5 without reply with goals from Jamie Malone and Gary Brennan. Malone’s came after a brilliant run from Conal O’hAinifein which opened up the Leitrim defence. He fed the Corofin man who rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home. The second arrived when a teasing ball into the danger zone was palmed off the crossbar by Brennan, but the captain reacted quickest to slap home the rebound and send Clare 2-8 to 0-2 clear. There could have been plenty more green flags for Clare in the opening period with four other goal …

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Ennis fighter turns pro with Top Rank and will be trained by Andy Lee

ENNIS welterweight Paddy Donovan has signed a deal to turn professional with US promoters Top Rank, while former World Champion Andy Lee will train and manage the 20 year old. From Clancy Park and a former student of Ennis CBS, Donovan has won 13 Irish titles and is a former junior world silver medallist. On Thursday afternoon Lee said he has everything it takes to win a professional world title. “He was a very successful amateur, he won everything there is to win, only five defeats in 166 fights. When you watch him box he is very exciting. He has all the ingredients to be a world champion as a professional boxer. You can see his style, how he fights, also his attitude. Having got to know him over the last three or four months, he has the right character and the personality to make it and go all the way.”     Top Rank have been involved with a …

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Brilliant Banner beat Cork but bow out

Clare 2-23   Cork 2-18 Eoghan Moloney CLARE ended their season on a high with a hard fought five-point win played during a biblical storm in Cusack Park this afternoon. Clare got the perfect start thanks to Shane O’Donnell who found the net after just 20 seconds as Cusack Park erupted with delight. Cork fought back thanks to points from Horgan and Cadogan but once The Banner found their groove, they were causing Cork all sorts of problems. Peter Duggan and Tony Kelly were massively influential, and scored 1-7 between them in the first half. The goal coming in the 34th minute when Kelly buried a blistering shot in the top right-hand corner to send Cusack Park wild once more. Three late points for Cork narrowed the gap slightly but Clare still lead 2-10 to 1-8 after an excellent first half. Cork flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half with four early points courtesy of Horgan …

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