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Superb defence inspires important win

Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11 Inspired by a superb defence, Clare scored a merited win over Limerick in this round 3 tie Allianz football league tie at NewcastleWest this afternoon. A particularly strong first half display saw the visitors open a six point lead by half time when the score was 0-9 to 0-3 and when the scored the first three points of the second half to go nine clear, Limerick had a mountain to climb. The margin was still nine with a quarter of an hour remaining but Limerick piled on the pressure and landed four unanswered points to cut Clare’s lead to five with as many minutes remaining. The visitors killed off the home side’s mini revival two minutes from time when captain Gary Brennan flicked a Shane McGrath delivery to the net. IanRyan landed two frees in injury time for the home side but Clare had sealed victory by then. The visitors were dealt a huge blow ahead …

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An historic first for Mary I.

Mary Immaculate College 1-30 University of Limerick 3-22 Mary Immaculate College Limerick won the Fitzgibbon cup (inter Universities hurling championship) for the first time when they defeated the holders, University of Limerick in a thrilling final hosted by Cork I.T this Saturday afternoon. Four Clare players contributed in a final which required extra extra time to produce a winner. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate), Colm Galvin (Clonlara) and Darragh Corry (Tulla) were in the starting line up while Michael O’Neill (Kilmaley) was introduced at the three quarter stage in place of Galvin in a tie in which the teams were level on no less that nineteen occasions. There were six Clare players in the starting U.L team. They were Gearoid Ryan (Clarecastle) at corner back, Jack Browne (Ballyea) at full back, Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley) at midfield, Kevin Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona) at midfield, David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona) at wing forward and Cathal McInerney (Cratloe) at corner forward. U.L were managed by Brian Lohan. Afterwards winning …

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Lohan chasing history with U.L.

History will be made in Cork this Saturday afternoon when University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate college Limerick clash in the final of the Fitzgibbon cup (inter Universities hurling championship). U.L, managed by Clare’s All-Ireland winning full back from1995 and 1997, Brian Lohan are seeking to retain the title for the first time while Mry Immaculate College are seeking to win the title for the first time. The holders scored a 3-14 to 0-16 win over UCD in the first of the semi-finals played on Friday while Mary I were two point winners, 0-11 to 0-9, winners over the Davy Fitzgerald managed Limerick I.T. There is a strong Clare representation in both finalists. Amongst those expected to feature in the champions line up are Jack Browne (Ballyea) Gearoid Ryan (Clarecastle), Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley), Kevin Hehir and David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), Cathal McInerney and Shane Gleeson (Cratloe). They will again be without the injured Tony Kelly (Ballyea) The Mary Immaculate line up …

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Hard earned win for Clare

Clare 0-18 Wexford 1-11 Clare justified favouritism in this round 2 Allianz division 1B hurling league tie at Innovative Wexford Park this afternoon but there were a number of anxous moments before the Banner side emerged with a merited win. Greater experience and a higher level of fitness proved key ingredients for Clare who finished strongly, outscoring their opponents, 0-9 to 0-1 in the final twenty minutes. It was anybody’s game with the scores level with just four minutes remaining but Clare hit four points in three minutes to seal victory and keep their unbeaten run this season going. An injury hit Clare faced a strong wind in the opening half having been forced to make three changes in personnell from the side which beat Offaly in the opening round a week earlier. Colm Galvin and Darach Honan were ruled out due to injury while Peter Duggan was unavailable due to suspension. Into the side came Ballyea’s Jack Browne and …

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All so easy for Scariff CC

Scariff Community College 7-14 Claregalway Community College 0-0 Scariff Community College proved much too strong for Claregalway Community College in the All-Ireland junior C camogie championship semi-final played at Whitegate this Saturday afternoon. [doptg id=”101″] In very difficult weather conditions, the East Clare side dominated from the outset and had two goals registered inside the opening two minutes. Centre forward Ciara Doyle was in sparkling form for the winners and finished the game with a tally of 4-9, 2-4 coming in the opening half. It was 3-7 to 0-0 at the interval, the winner’s third goal coming from full forward Aoife O’Brien. In fairness to the Connacht champions, it must be pointed out that they had a quarter final tie just forty eight hours earlier and this, clearly, had taken its toll. Three points in as many minutes at the start of the second half from Ciara Doyle killed off any slim hopes of a fight back by the Galway …

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Injury concerns for Clare hurlers

The Clare senior hurling team to face Wexford in round 2 of the Allianz National hurling league division 1B will not be finalised until Sunday morning due to a number of ongoing injury concerns. Fourteen of the starting fifteen have been named with a vacancy left at left half forward. It is understood that John Conlon, forced out of the action early in the second half of last Sunday’s first round win over Offaly due to injury,will be given a chance to prove his fitness. Omitted from last week’s starting line up are Colm Galvin and Darach Honan due to injury and Peter Duggan who is suspended. Conor Ryan switches from wing back to replace Galvin at midfield with Jack Browne chosen at wing back.Gearoid O’Donnell is named in place of Peter Duggan at wing forward while Aron Shanagher is named in the full forward line in place of Honan. The team announced is as follows Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona): Patrick …

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Home venue for Clare in Oscar Traynor semi-final

Clare have secured a home venue for the semi-final of the Oscar Traynor inter league junior soccer competition. On the weekend of March 19/20, the Donie Garrihy managed Clare league side will entertain either the Donegal League or the North East league who play their quarter final tie on this Sunday in Letterkenny. The draw was made at the AUL complex in Dublin on Wednesday night at half time in the quarter final tie between the Leinster senior league and the AUL, a tie won by the Leinster side after a penalty shootout. Clare manager Donie Garrihy and coach Denis Hynes were present at the draw and Clare were first out of the hat. “I am delighted that we have a home tie. This is an All-Ireland semi-final and having home advantage gives an opportunity to the football family in Clare to come out and support the team and watch the best players in the league represent their county”, commented …

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Comfortable victory for Clare

Clare 2-21 Offaly 0-15 As expected, Clare made a winning start to life in division 1 B of the Allianz hurling league when they accounted for Offaly at Cusack Park this afternoon. A strong last ten minutes to the first half during which they scored 1-7 while conceding just a point laid the foundations for this comfortable win. While Clare officials will be pleased with the outcome, there is sure to be some concern at the fact that they finished with a tally of fifteen wides. There is also some concern about injuries picked up by both Darach Honan and John Conlon, both of which were replaced as a result [doptg id=”100″] The fact that three players were sent off might suggest that this was a dirty game but this was not the case. Fourteen minutes into the second half Peter Duggan (Clare) and Conor Doughan(Offaly) were involved in a tangle off the ball and referee Sean Cleere produced a …

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