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Newmarket Celtic And Sporting Ennistymon On Brink Of Munster Junior Quarter Final

Two Clare teams go in search of a place in the quarter-finals of the Munster Junior Cup this afternoon. Newmarket Celtic and Sporting Ennistymon both face opposition from Limerick, with Celtic travelling to Dooradoyle to take on Regional United, while Sporting welcome Kilmallock to Lahinch. For the North Clare men, it’s the second year in a row they have been at this stage of the competition after an impressive win on the road over Holycross in the previous round. Ennistymon boss Paidi Vaughan is looking forward to the occasion. “It’s a big day for Sporting, we are not like the Newmarket’s and Avenue’s who traditionally get good runs in these competitions. We got this far last year and we know that when you get to a day like this, it’s one to enjoy. It’s big for the game right across North Clare so hopefully we will get a big crowd out to support us” he said. 12 months ago saw …

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Defeat for Clare on Leeside

Clare have suffered their second defeat of the NHL after a 1-20 to 0-20 loss against Cork in Pairc ui Rinn. The sides were level at the break, with Seamus Harnedy’s fortuitous goal helping the Rebels to parity. His shot from distance deceived the Banner defence and dropped to the net. It came after a strong start from Clare with John Conlon (2), Diarmuid Ryan, Tony Kelly and Ian Galvin all on target to see the Banner lead 0-5 to 0-2 after the opening quarter. Clare responded well to the goal, with a Peter Duggan free and another from Ryan steading the ship, but indiscipline was routinely punished, with Patrick Horgan converting 0-5  from placed balls in the opening period, along with one from play. The sides traded scores in the second half and were level on nine different occasions, before Cork stretched 1-18 to 0-19 clear inside the closing minutes. Tony Kelly hit his sixth point to cut the …

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Farrell- Pressure On Cork To Deliver In Banner Tussle

Clare make the journey down to Páirc Uí Rinn this evening to take on a struggling Cork side that have not yet managed to find form in the national league. Swatted aside by the Cats in Nowlan Park and then overpowered by Wexford on a disgraceful Páírc Uí Chaoimh surface, the Rebels will be desperate to get their first points on the board. RTÉ pundit and former Galway manager, Cyril Farrell, believes Cork will be fired up or this game due to the pressure they now find themselves under, but Clare’s recent form and strong panel make them worthy favourites. “Cork have been disappointing so far. I’ve seen both their games and when the games got physical, they didn’t match up at all. The conditions did not suit them the last day, as they’re a top of the ground team, but in both games, when Kilkenny got stuck into them and Wexford the last day – they didn’t match up. …

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Moloney Confident Clare Are Primed For Big Performance In Rebel Showdown

Clare resume their National Hurling League campaign this Saturday evening when they travel to Pairc ui Rinn to take on Cork with a 7.15pm start. The Banner come into the game off the back of an impressive win over Kilkenny last time out, while the Rebels will be smarting after losing out to Wexford and Kilkenny in the opening two rounds. Joint Clare boss Donal Moloney feels they’re ready to hit the ground running. “This break in the league has probably been welcome because it precedes the three games on the trot that are coming up against Cork, Wexford and Limerick. It’s a chance for people to draw breath because it’s an incredibly competitive league irrespective of the forthcoming structures. It’s ferociously competitive as we have seen in the first few rounds. I think every team has really gone after raising their level of performance because the reality is, this is the primary preparation for championship and the round-robin series …

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This Sporting Life – Thursday February 14th 2019

There have been many obituaries written in memory of the great game of Gaelic football over the last few years. Pundits have lamented the seemingly long forgotten days of the catch and kick game that brought the likes of Mick O’Connell, the Bomber Liston and the mighty Tom Morrissey to prominence. Gone, we are told, are the days when the game was played out between 30 men who would fight to the death in a survival of the fittest. The emergence of the hand-pass and the blanket defence have left many pining for the days of old, with the roar of “let it in” ever more prominent now at games. Such was the clamour to end the dark practice of possession based football, the GAA trialled their ill-fated three hand-pass rule which thankfully never saw the light of day again after the pre-season competitions had ended this year. I think everyone will agree that the last three or four years …

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Mick Kennedy Remembered: A Tribute

Tributes have been flooding in after the passing of former Portsmouth great and Clare man Mick Kennedy. The former Republic of Ireland international passed away last weekend at 57 years of age, having spent his later years in Ennistymon. Mick’s parents hailed from Kilmaley, and moved to Salford where Mick was born in 1961. His first club was Halifax, and during his career he made over 500 league appearances for 10 different clubs. Described as the quintessential hard-man in midfield, Kennedy was known for his no nonsense style. Portsmouth was where he came to real prominence, after he was signed by the then manager Alan Ball for a fee of £100,000. He quickly became a cult figure at the club, and captained his beloved Pompey to the First Division in 1987. He made 144 appearances for Portsmouth, and in 2018 was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Mick also came to the attention of Irish manager Jack Charlton during this …

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Tubridy Guides Banner To Rebel Victory

1-7 from David Tubridy helped Clare to a second successive National League victory over Cork in this Division Two encounter as Clare ran out winners by 3-13 to 1-10. The Doonbeg veteran took less than a minute to get on the scoresheet, with Jamie Malone playing a teasing ball across the Cork goalmouth which Tubridy palmed to the net. Cork responded with a point from Matthew Taylor, but great work from Clare captain Gary Brennan saw Conal O hAinifein thunder into space and finish a brilliant shot low to the Cork net to put the Banner into the driving seat. Cork hit back with the next two scores to leave just three between the sides, but this was as close as they would get. Tubridy notched a brace which was answered by Stephen Cronin, but another Banner double through Dale Masterson and Dean Ryan left Clare 2-4 to 0-4 clear with ten minutes to go to the break. Luke Connolly …

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