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Lorna McNamara drives the ball over from an acute angle as Sarah Guinean looks on. Photograph by Eugene McCafferty

GALLERY: Clare women secure senior camogie status in some style

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CLARE 6-10 OFFALY 1-13

Clare easily secured Senior status for 2023 with a clinical devastating performance full of skill guile and no little determination.

A first half that showed everything that is good about this Clare team, first to every ball, ravenous in the tackle, recycling possession to optimum effect and showing a killer instinct to boot.

Two goals inside the opening few minutes was the start managers Conor Dolan and John Carmody would have only dreamed of.

Eimear Kelly assisting the first with a lovely handpass to Chloe Morey who blasted home before Kelly scored a goal of immense quality.

Picking up possession 30 yards from goal with a beautiful first touch she beat her marker on the outside before cutting in and batting to the bottom corner in Shane O’Donnell style.

A long range attempt at a point by Chloe Morey deceived Offaly Keeper Eleanor Clendennnan dropping into the net and by the end of the opening quarter Clare led 3-4 to 0-2.

Moments later a Lynda Daly handpass found Niamh O’Dea who cut inside and blasted home effectively killing this game as a contest. Further points followed including an Orlaith Duggan peach and at the interval Clare led 4-7 to 0-5.

Not content with this the Banner girls emphasised their appetite for victory when within 40 seconds of the resumption a long Caoimhe Carmody delivery was plucked from the sky by Lorna McNamara and dispatched with aplomb.

Eimear Kelly who was simply magnificent throughout added another green flag with another ridiculous piece of skill bursting through the centre before batting one handed to the net.

At this juncture Clare were most definitely home and hosed leading by 20 points, 6-8 to 0-6.

Offaly to their credit hit a purple patch scoring 1-7 without reply as Clare were tiring in such furnace like conditions but further points from Lorna McNamara and fittingly an Eimear Kelly beauty rounded a great day for all involved in Clare Camogie.

Clare: Doireann Murphy Clarecastle, Ciara Grogan Clooney-Quin, Susan Daly Scariff- Ogonelloe, Caoimhe Kelly Kilkishen, Aoife Keane Inagh-Kilnamona, Clare Hehir Inagh-Kilnamona, Alannah Ryan Kilkishen, Caoimhe Carmody Kilmaley, Niamh O’Dea Kilmaley, Lynda Daly Scariff-Ogonelloe, Eimear Kelly Truagh-Clonlara, Zi Yan Spillane Feakle-Killanena, Orlaith Duggan Clooney-Quin, Chloe Morey Sixmilebridge, Lorna McNamara Feakle-Killanena. Subs: Aoife Power for Zi Yan Spillane 53 mins, Greta Hickey for Clare Hehir inj 57 mins
Scorers: Lorna McNamara 1-5(2f), Eimear Kelly 2-2, Chloe Morey 2-1, Niamh O’Dea 1-0, Orlaith Duggan, Zi Yan Spillane 0-1 each

Offaly: Eleanor Clendennan, Sarah Guinan, Siobhàn Kileen, Orla Gorman, Grace Teehan, Aisling Brennan, Orlagh Phelan, Sarah Walshe, Louise Mannion, Sarah Harding, Christine Cleary, Ròisìn Egan, Kaitlyn Kennedy, Siobhàn Flannery, Mairèad Teehan. Subs: Faye Mulrooney for Siobhan Flannery HT, Jane Lowry for Kaitlyn Kennedy 39 mins, Clodagh Leahy for Louise Mannion 43 mins. Scorers: Mairèad Teehan 0-6 (4f,2 45), Roìsìn Egan 0-3, Sarah Harding 1-0, Sarah Walshe, Faye Mulrooney, Kaitlyn Kennedy, Aisling Brennan, 0-1 each

Referee: Liz Dempsey, Kilkenny

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