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Murrihy Pleased With Progression Of Performance Ahead Of LGFA League Round Three

Defeat might have been Clare’s lot for a second week running, but looking beyond the scoreline, the Banner will be quietly content with the curve of their progression. It was an admittedly disappointing performance in the opening round against Armagh, but with only a six day turnaround and an arduous journey to Clones, Clare showed huge battling qualities in taking the game to the closing quarter. As the clock hit the 45th minute just one point separated the sides, with Grainne Nolan’s 36th minute goal seeing Clare only in arrears by 0-12 to 1-8. Monaghan, a side with considerable senior experience, would outscore their visitors by 2-3 to 0-2 in the closing stages, but it was a game that Clare can take a huge amount of positives from according to manager James Murrihy. “We have shown improvement from game one to game two which is probably what the league is all about. We were disappointed with the performance on the …

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McMahon Targets Further Irish Women’s Rugby Progress After Brilliant Six Nations Start

It is one thing to earn your first start for Ireland in the Six Nations. It is another thing to be awarded Player of the Match for such a sterling performance in that first start. This is the Sunday Edel McMahon had last week as Ireland secured their first win in the Six Nations after a tough 2019, with an 18-14 victory over Scotland. On Monday, she was back at home in London, recuperating and readying her body and mind for a tough Welsh challenge in Donnybrook this Sunday. “I really wasn’t expecting to get Player of the Match, to be honest. I was really looking forward to the game as it was going to be my first start in a Six Nations game in the number seven jersey which has a big history in this team. Claire Molloy wore this jersey before me, and I always looked up to her. It was a big day for me to wear …

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Duggan Happy With Positive Start To 2020 For Clare Camogie

The 2020 campaign for the Clare Camogie squad got off to the ideal start with Sunday’s win over Offaly in Birr. It was a game that Clare badly needed to win with tough tests coming down the track against Kilkenny and Cork before finishing off with a showdown against Waterford. One of Clare’s most experienced players, Orlaith Duggan, admits they were delighted to get the campaign started on a strong footing. She said: “We are very happy to get a win under our belts, because they were not easy to come by for us last year. It is a positive start and that is what we have been working toward over the winter in that first round of the league so we are happy. There are some aspects of the performance that we know need to be worked on, but we are glad to get the win and get off to a good start. That first game is all you …

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Penalties Only To Be Used To Decide Clare GAA Club Championship Games After Extra-Time In A Replay

Derrick Lynch Clare GAA clubs have decided that penalties will only be used to decide championship games when a replay finishes level after extra-time. A robust debate this week at the reconvened structures meeting, which lasted over an hour, saw clubs express their views as to how games should be decided if they finish deadlocked. The debate arose after concerns were outlined from the Master Fixtures Committee that under the current structures, it may not be possible to finish the club championships in Clare on time to meet the provincial deadlines. Committee member and Kilrush Shamrocks clubman Colm Browne outlined that an alternative needed to be found if those dates were to be met. He told delegates that the overwhelming feeling from the initial structures meeting was that no championship games should be played in April, and that the Master Fixtures committee had drafted the 2020 plan in accordance with that sentiment. Chairman Joe Cooney express his view that if …

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Draws Made For 2020 Clare U-21 Hurling Championships

The draws for the first Clare GAA championship of 2020 have been made with the pairings now known for the opening rounds of the U-21 hurling championships. In the A championship, Kilmaley begin the defence of their title with a mouthwatering showdown against Clarecastle. The winners of that game will face either Clonlara or St Joseph’s Doora Barefield in the last four. Inagh-Kilnamona have been drawn straight into the semi-finals, and they will take on the winners of Sixmilebridge v Tulla. The opening round pairings in the U-21 B championship are: Eire Óg v Clooney-Quin; Corofin-Ruan v Crusheen-Tubber; Scariff-Ogonnelloe v O’Callaghan’s Mills; Inagh-Kilnamona (2) v Bodyke; Wolfe Tones v Ballyea. The quarter-final draws are: Cratloe v Eire Óg or Clooney-Quin; Broadford v Wolfe Tones or Ballyea; Newmarket v Corofin-Ruan or Crusheen-Tubber; Scariff-Ogonnelloe or O’Callaghan’s Mills v Inagh-Kilnamona (2) or Bodyke. In the U-21 C championship, Banner meet Smith O’Brien’s in the opening round with the winners facing Ennistymon in the …

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Clare Local Soccer Round Up

Clare Soccer Round Up Banner Carpets and Flooring Clare Cup Round 1 Bridge Utd A 1-0 Kilkishen Celtic As expected, this was a game that saw Premier Division Bridge United pushed all the way by their near neighbours, with the East Clare side plying their trade in the second division of the league. Cup ties rarely pay any heed to league standings, and while Bridge United came out on the right side of the result, they were certainly not handed anything easy. The all important goal was courtesy of Jordan Downes with his first half header as the Bridge squeezed through and into the second round. Lifford A 3-4 Tulla Utd Both these sides might be struggling for league form, but they served up a high scoring encounter in this opening round cup tie. It was the visitors to Cassidy Park who started well with the wind at their backs, and raced into a 2-0 lead by the half-time whistle. …

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Kelly Stars as Clare Continue Winning Run in Wexford

Clare 0-18    Wexford 0-15 CLARE made it two from two in the national hurling league with a resilient win over Wexford in a blustery Wexford Park today. Clare had to do it the hard way as John Conlon was shown the line with 27 minutes gone for a blow to the head of Kevin Foley. Clare built a 0-12 to 0-4 lead by half-time but knew they had a metaphorical and literal storm to weather in the second half. Clare built that aforementioned lead through seven Tony Kelly frees and the Ballyea man was by far the best player on the field, for the second week running. Ryan Taylor and David Fitzgerald were also on form and bagged two points apiece in the first half. When Wexford came out for the second half, they had a spring in their step and launched a major comeback. This was spearheaded by Rory and Jack O’Connor as well as Paudie Foley with long …

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