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14-man side lose out

Waterford  0-13   Clare 0-8FOUR points ahead five minutes into the second half and dominating in most positions, Clare looked to be on their way to a semi-final date in the Munster Junior Football Championship, only for this game at Fraher Field in Dungarvan to be turned on its head when the visitors were reduced to 14 men with 23 minutes still to play.

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Kilmaley regain league crown

Kilmaley 2-11 Clooney 2-3 CLAREABBEYwas the venue for the senior league final last Friday evening when Kilmaley regained the title at the expense of Clooney. Kilmaley came into the final as favourites, having won the championship and being narrowly defeated by Newmarket in the league final last year. Clooney came through a tough campaign and had to win a play-off against Newmarket to decide who would be this year’s league finalists against Kilmaley. This was the first time these two teams met competitively in the senior ranks. Kilmaley were first on the scoreboard when Claire McMahon pointed from a free in the third minute. McMahon added to this when she pointed from a 45 four minutes later. Aisling Darcy provided the next two scores from Kilmaley, with points in the ninth and 13th minute. Clooney got their first score of the game when Deirdre Murphy pointed from a free after being fouled in the 14th minute. The next three points …

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Footballers up against it in Dungarvan

IF Clare are to avenge their nine-point league defeat to Waterford in Dungarvan on April 11, the groundwork for winning Sunday’s Munster quarter-final will have been laid in the six weeks since that emphatic league defeat.The training ground is where a team’s shape and morale is sculpted and that work is invariably evident on match day. To win, Clare will first have to compete resolutely for the 70 minutes and put themselves in position to win a place in the Munster semi-final against Limerick on June 6. If they are to compete at the level required to beat Waterford, who won promotion to Division 3, a renewed belief will have to form part of Clare’s approach. That belief was seriously undermined by their successive league defeats to Limerick and Waterford after they had won six successive league games. Laurence Healy, who played regularly at midfield and corner-back during the league, is out of this weekend’s game with a leg injury, …

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Injury concerns mount for senior hurlers

THERE are a number of major injury concerns for Clare senior hurling manager Ger O’Loughlin and his backroom team as they put the finishing touches to their preparations for the Munster Senior Championship clash with Waterford on June 7.Gerry O’Grady is definitely out due to an ankle injury that has caused him a lot of problems over the past two years. While he did play for his club Crusheen at the weekend, he has withdrawn from the county squad because of the injury.The chances of Newmarket’s James McInerney playing any part in the game are growing slimmer by the minute. He hasn’t played for club or county in more than a month due to a stomach muscle complaint. He is due to see a specialist this week, after which there will be a clearer picture.“It’s a major concern, as he hasn’t played in over a month,” O’Loughlin said this week when conceding that McInerney’s chances of playing are dwindling by …

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Clooney-Quin end Broadford’s unbeaten run

Group 1 Clooney-Quin 1-17Broadford 1-8 PHYSICALLY stronger and sharper throughout the field, Clooney-Quin proved much too strong for Broadford in their first-round championship tie at Cusack Park on Saturday evening.Going into the tie with an unbeaten record in competition this season, Broadford had hopes of adding to their winning run but they were well beaten and this was particularly true of their midfield and attack, which struggled throughout.At the other end of the pitch, they struggled to deal with the aerial power of Cathal Egan and, in particular, Fergal Lynch, along with the pace and scoring ability of Martin Duggan and Derek Ryan.Clooney-Quin have delivered some very impressive performances in recent years in both league and championship but a lack of consistency has proved costly. While they have been doing fairly well in this season’s league, they have disappointed on one or two occasions, so their supporters approached the tie with some concerns.While the sides were level on three occasions …

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