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Battle Lines Drawn For Crunch Munster SHC Clash Of Clare And Tipperary

Clare v Tipperary in the hurling championship is the type of rivalry that drags up all kinds of memories. Nicky’s smile, David Forde’s rattler, Jamesie’s point in Croke Park, Loughnane’s green bench, Davy’s save, Ollie’s celebrations, Davy’s penalty in ‘99, and most recently Ian Galvin’s goal. The beauty of the new Munster championship without question is the home fixture element, which we saw manifest itself at its peak when Limerick came to Ennis last year. Anyone who was lucky enough to get into Cusack Park for that game will remember that atmosphere for a long time to come, even if some us fell victim to the Burco boiler that caused mayhem with the electricity supply as the minor game reached its crescendo. There was nearly enough electricity around the crowd to make up for it, and this Sunday will be no different. There are always plenty side stories when these two sides meet and events of the last 12 months …

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Brave Banner Effort Just Comes Up Short As Kerry Book Munster SFC Final Spot

Munster SFC Semi-Final: Kerry 1-15 Clare 0-12 Kerry were forced to endure a nervy finish before eventually seeing off the challenge of Clare in this Munster SFC semi-final. Clare boss Colm Collins rang the changes for this tie with captain Gary Brennan deployed at centre-forward while Sean O’Donoghue was placed at midfield and Darragh Bohannon given the full-forward duties. Kerry owned the first half and even though they led 1-9 to 0-3 at the short-whistle, they really should have been further clear. Three goal chances had been missed before James O’Donoghue sent a bullet to the bottom corner after 33 minutes, a score that sent Kerry 1-8 to 0-2 ahead. Heavy rain in Ennis led to slippy conditions with handling errors rife, but the Kingdom adapted best to race 0-3 to 0-0 in front inside the opening ten minutes. David Moran opened the scoring before Kerry almost got in for a green flag, but a scrambling O’hAinifein denied Stephen O’Brien …

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All Eyes On Cusack Park For Clare’s Crucial Munster SFC Showdown With Kerry

There has been a lot of talk in the last few weeks in relation to a massive game taking place on Saturday evening. A traditional heavyweight with years of experience in the bigger competitions taking on a perceived minnow who have climbed from the pack in recent times. People have also been talking about the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, with suggestions in some quarters that the GAA should have looked at changing the timing of the Clare v Kerry Munster semi-final to avoid clashing with the game in Madrid. Whatever your thoughts are on that, the fact is that the die-hards of Clare football will be in Cusack Park on Saturday evening, and events in Madrid can wait until the full-time whistle goes. This just matters more. Clare have been making huge strides since Colm Collins took the reins in 2014 and are now accepted as one of the top 16 teams in the country as …

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Clare LGFA Looking Forward To Making Cusack Park Appearance

Clare will look to reach the Munster Intermediate Ladies Football final this weekend when they take on Limerick in Cusack Park on Saturday evening. The game will serve as a curtain raiser to the men’s showdown with Kerry in what will be a unique double header in the home of Clare GAA. Clare come into the game off the back of a 2-15 to 2-11 loss against Tipperary last weekend, with the Premier awaiting in the decider once more if Clare come through against the Shannonsiders. Niamh O’Dea and captain Laurie Ryan missed out on the trip to Tipperary town, but O’Dea is expected to be available for Saturday’s game. It is understood Ryan may miss out as she continues to recover from a concussion issue. Clare management will be hoping the return of O’Dea will add to an already potent forward line, with the inside trio of Catriona Callinan, Grainne Nolan and Fidelma Marrinan contributing 1-10 between them last …

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Collins: No Such Thing As A Certainty In Championship Football

When Colm Collins looks back on his time in charge of the Clare senior footballers, his showdowns with Kerry are sure to provide a large portion of both the championship highlight and lowlight reels. 2014 and 2017 saw Clare put their esteemed neighbours to the pin of their collars before seeing early dominance fade to defeat. By stark contrast, trips across the Shannon Estuary resulted in heavy and chastening losses in 2018 and 2016. The latest chapter in the tale will be written in Cusack Park on Saturday evening with the home side coming into the contest with a full hand to pick from. A one point victory over Waterford came after a nervy closing few minutes, but also came without having the likes of David Tubridy, Cathal O’Connor, Sean O’Donoghue and Keelan Sexton from the start. Sexton has departed for foreign shores as he will spend the summer in the USA, but Tubridy, O’Connor and O’Donoghue are all in …

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Former Tipperary Boss Ryan Looking Forward To Cusack Park Showdown In Munster SHC

When Clare host Tipperary on Sunday in the Munster Senior hurling championship, it will be the first time that the Premier will come to Ennis for a provincial showdown since 1986. On that day, the Banner came out top en route to a Munster Final before losing out to eventual All-Ireland champions Cork. While that day might be well in the past, the most recent championship meeting between these two sides is still fresh in the memory of Michael Ryan. The Upperchurch-Drombane clubman stepped down from the role of Tipperary manager after they exited last year’s championship following Ian Galvin’s dramatic late goal in Thurles. Both sides have had positive starts to the 2019 championship, with Tipperary impressing in their two victories over Cork and Waterford. Clare also have a win over the Deise under their belt following a one point victory in Walsh Park on the opening weekend. Despite only two rounds being played so far, Ryan feels it …

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Malone Confident Clare Are Ready For Big Performance In Munster Semi-Final

When Clare take to the field in Cusack Park on Saturday to face Kerry in the Munster football semi-final, there will be plenty recent history to draw on. The sides are almost annual opponents at this stage but one crucial fact remains and that is the Kingdom’s dominance. While recent fixtures between the sides have been far closer in Ennis than they have been in across the estuary, the Banner have still not managed to break a hoodoo going all the way back to 1949 when Kerry came to the county town and were beaten in the provincial semi-final. In more recent memory, just four points separated the sides in Cusack Park in 2014, while the margin went out to six in 2017. One of the men who was involved that day was Corofin’s Jamie Malone, who was unlucky to rattle the crossbar in the second-half of that contest when the Kingdom were on the ropes. He admits there has …

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Murphy And Ryan Call Time On Newmarket Celtic Management Roles

Newmarket Celtic are on the lookout for new management after Liam Murphy and Davy Ryan announced they are stepping down from the role. The pair have overseen, arguably, the most successful period in the club’s history, with this season seeing Newmarket Celtic clinch an eighth consecutive Clare Cup title along with back-to-back league crowns and the Hugh Kelly Premier Division Cup. They went through the domestic season unbeaten, winning every game in all three competitions that they took part in. This year’s Clare Cup victory was a fourth success for the Murphy/Ryan management combination, while they also won all six league titles that they were in charge for during their two recent spells at the helm. One man who has seen what the duo have achieved at close hand is star striker David McCarthy. The double Oscar Traynor winner has worked with the pair at both club and county level and knows they have brought great glory days to the …

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