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Strong finish gives Limerick deserved victory

Limerick 2-11 Clare 1-8 Before an attendance of 2,240 at the Gaelic grounds in Limerick this evening, the home team overcame Clare in the opening round of the Munster minor hurling championship. In what was a disappointing contest, two late goals helped Limerick to a merited win and a place in the semi-final on June 29. Clare must now face the losers of next week’s clash of Tipperary and Waterford as they go in search of a semi-final spot. Tipperary had a first round bue while Waterford suffered a four point loss to Cork this evening Playing with the aid of the wind, Clare had a dream start when Ian Murray goaled in the second minute but Limerick delivered a strong response in the form of three unanswered points in as many minutes to tie up the contest. This early scoring burst suggested a high scoring tie but it wasn’t the case as scored were few and far between for …

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Clare reach Oscar Traynor final

Clare 3 Donegal 1 Clinical Clare booked their place in the Oscar Traynor final for the second time in three years thanks to a merited two-goal victory over Donegal in Doora this afternoon Enjoying a 2-1 advantage at the interval, the decisive moment came about 23 minutes into the second-half when Clare were awarded a crucial penalty. Eoin Hayes stepped up to unleash an unstoppable rocket into the net past the hapless Joe Coll, While Donegal battled hard until the final whistle and managed to create a few goal chances, none of them were very clearcut and they couldn’t have any real complaints about the result. Clare got off to a dream start when Stephen Kelly scored a superb goal after four minutes. The Newmarket Celtic midfielder trapped a long delivery with his left, beat two defenders before he shot with his so-called weaker right foot from over 25 metres, which Joe Coll couldn’t hold and spilled the ball into …

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Shanagher’s goal rocks Tipperary

Clare 2-13 Tipperary 0-18 A great day for Clare sport concluded at Cusack Park on Sunday when the hurlers scored a one point win over Tipperary in the quarter final of the Allianz hurling league Earlier the footballers, despite going down to Kildare, had sealed a place in the final of division 3 in the league while, in soccer, Clare had qualified for the Oscar Traynor final with victory over Donegal Heading into Sunday’s Allianz hurling league quarter final against Tipperary wthout eight players that started in last summer’s championship qualifier clash with Cork, all ruled out due to injury, hopes of a Clare victory weren’t particularly high and the majority view was that Tipperary would go through for another tilt at Kilkenny. The Premier side looked to be on their way to victory when, with seven minutes remaining the visitors had edged into a three point lead but a storming finish saw Clare book a semi-final date with All-Ireland …

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Footballers promoted on scoring difference

Kildare 0-22 Clare 1-14 ALTHOUGH beaten in Newbridge on Sunday afternoon the Clare footballers will play division 2 league football in 2017 as their scoring difference ensured that they will join Kildare in the higher league. The same counties will also meet in the division 3 NFL final in Croke Park on Saturday April 23. Clare are likely to be without David Tubridy however. The Doonbeg man was shown a straight red red following an incident with Kildare wing back Ciaran Fitzpatrick as the game approached injury time. From this observers point of view Tubridy was very harshly red carded. Fourteen minutes from time, Clare led 1-14 to 0-15 and it looked as if they had every chance of at least drawing. However powered by their bench,with Eamon Callaghan particularly effective, the home county scored the last seven points with Clare not managing a score in that spell. So while Clare were delighted when word came through that Longford had …

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Clare relishing Tipperary challenge

ONE of Clare’s short-term goals this year was to get promoted, according to team captain Cian Dillon. “One is always looking at what can be achieved. Last Sunday week, we had a great result [victory over Limerick] and we are hoping to achieve the same this week,” the team captain told The Clare Champion. “It will be a step up. Tipperary are a formidable outfit and they always perform very well but we are relishing the challenge. It’s massive to be at home again. There is always a great crowd and a superb atmosphere in Ennis. The game with Limerick was something special and, hopefully, it will be the same again,” the Crusheen man said. “The injuries seem to be increasing, mainly due to wear and tear,” he said, going on to point out that the absence of regulars is providing other panel members with an opportunity to impress. “Look at it from the other side, there is serious competition …

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A first start for O’Doherty

There are three changes in personnell and some positional switches on the Clare team for Sunday’s hurling league quarter final from the side which defeated Limerick to win promotion back to division 1 A two weeks ago. Into the side for his first action in this year’s campaign comes Ciaran O’Doherty from Crusheen who is named at corner back. The captain of Clare’s All-Ireland winning under 21 side in 2009 replaces Oisin O’Brien who is one of a number of squad members ruled out due to injury. Miltown’s Conor Cleary returns to the starting line up at centre back, replacing the injured David McInerney while, up front, Darach Honan replaces the injured Shane O’Donnell. In a positional switch Colm Galvin moves to corner forward in a switch with Aaron Cunningham The team is Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); Ciaran O’Doherty (Crusheen), Cian Dillon, Captain (Crusheen), Paul Flanagan (Ballyea); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Conor Cleary (Miltown St.Josephs), Pat O’Connor (Tubber):David Reidy (Éire Óg), Conor Ryan …

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Promotion within Clare footballers’ grasp

IF Clare win or draw in Newbridge on Sunday, they will be playing Division 2 football in 2017. That would represent a second promotion in three seasons and huge progress for the size five game in this county. Kildare are already promoted, so will surely not be as motivated as they would be if they had to win. Twelve months ago, Clare played already promoted Fermanagh in their last league game. That time, Clare had to win to stay in Division 3 and they did just that. If Kildare are a bit off this weekend, they could leave the door ajar for Clare to storm in and join them in Division 2. However, given that Kildare will be at home, in front of a large crowd, they are unlikely to be overly relaxed. They will want to put on a show and win. Here is where it gets complicated. If Clare lose, they can still get promoted as long as …

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Huge weekend for Clare soccer

This Saturday and Sunday will, arguably, be the biggest weekend in the history of Clare soccer, as both the county youths and junior sides seek to qualify for the national finals of their respective competitions. The Colm Ryan-managed youths team travels to play Cork on Saturday (kick-off at 3pm) while, 22 hours later, the juniors, managed by Donie Garrihy, will entertain Donegal in the Oscar Traynor semi-final (kick-off at 1pm) at the County Grounds in Doora. While the juniors have been knocking on the door of Oscar Traynor success in recent years, it’s been quite a while since the youths were involved at this stage of the competition. Indeed, Clare struggled to put a team together at this level on occasions in the past decade. A storming second-half performance saw the youths record a comfortable 5-2 win over Waterford in the quarter-final two weeks ago. In that tie, the combination of Kieran Mahoney, Aidan Kennedy and Adam Gilbert caused massive …

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