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Limerick blitz leaves Clare needing Tipp top performance

Michael O’Connor was in Rathkeale to see Clare battle hard but fail to overhaul the hosts who did the damage early on and ran out 2-8 to 0-9 winners. NEXT weekend Shannon will host the game that decides the season for Dermot Coughlan’s men. Following an emphatic 26-point win over Waterford in round 1 his charges were left gasping for breath for the opening 15 minutes against a very impressive Limerick side in Rathkeale on Thursday evening as the Shannonsiders scored their first win of the campaign. Waterford are now out of the Minor football championship and play Limerick having lost both games to date by a cumulative total of 46 points. Tipperary are on four points with a scoring average of +27 points. Clare are on two points with a scoring average of +21 points as Limerick are on two points and a scoring average of -2. Clare must win against Tipperary and even then, it may not be …

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Ennis Mourns Loss of Great GAA Character

ENNIS was plunged into mourning earlier this week following the sudden death of one of the town’s great GAA characters. Pat Fitzpatrick, ”Coraveen” Lifford, Ennis, and formerly of Killimer died in the loving care of staff at University Hospital Limerick on Tuesday. The remains of the 75 year-old father-of-two were removed from his residence on Friday morning for Funeral Mass at 11:30 o’clock in St Joseph’s Church, with burial afterwards in Drumcliffe Cemetery. Members of his beloved Éire Óg GAA club formed a Guard of Honour for Pat outside his residence on Friday morning. In a tribute post on the Éire Óg Club website, a club spokesman said it was with huge shock and sadness the town learned of the untimely passing of their club stalwart. “Pat has been involved with the club for many years in a variety of capacities and has made enduring friendships with young and old. “His roles varied from club chairman, county board delegate and …

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Boss aims to keep Clare momentum at minor level going

THE Munster Minor football Championship has been a happy hunting ground for Clare in recent years with the county reaching three of the last four finals, writes Ivan Smyth. They will be hoping to progress through to the provincial showpiece event once more when they come up against Limerick in the Munster Minor football Championship semi final this Friday in Cusack Park (throw in 7pm). Manager Dermot Coughlan believes the consistency that Clare have shown in this competition is down to the hard work and structures that have been put in place at underage level. “You need people who are willing to work hard. We have to prep teams right. If you look at any group they are training about three nights a week at least. They need Strength and Conditioning and all the other stuff that goes in to playing at a county level. I have to say the county board have looked after the players well. If the …

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Clare's Sean Rouine under pressure from Limerick's Josh Ryan at Miltown on Wednesday night. Photograph by Arthur Ellis

Clare minor footballers defeat Limerick

Clare secured a provincial minor football semi-final date against title-holders Kerry on May 11, when they overcame Limerick in the opening round of the Munster Minor Football Championship at Hennessy Park in Miltown on Wednesday evening. Unlucky not to have been more than two points ahead at half-time, Clare were under pressure for much of a second half, in which Limerick hit 12 wides, bringing their total for the evening to 15. It was fitting that Clare full-forward, Joseph McGann should kick what proved to be the winning point. The St Breckan’s player caused a lot of problems for Limerick all evening and he finished as joint top-scorer for the winners, alongside his clubmate, Padraig Kelly. Clare had the better of matters in the opening 20 minutes, at the end of which they held a four-point advantage and their lead could have been greater. Indeed, there were calls for a penalty for the home side in the very first minute, …

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Devastating loss for Clare minors in Thurles

Tipperary 0-16  Clare 2-9   CLARE football suffered one of its most devastating defeats in many years when the minors lost out to Tipperary by a single point in a pulsating semi-final in Thurles on Wednesday. Playing heroically and with savage commitment, Clare led by two points, 2-9 to 0-13, with just two minutes left in normal time. However, a couple of mis-timed passes led to Tipperary kicking three late points to secure a dramatic win. The Clare players and management were left distraught afterwards, having given so much and failed so narrowly to qualify for the county’s first Munster minor football final since 1994. When Keelan Sexton put away a sublimely executed left-footed goal, less than two minutes into the second half, the scene looked set for Clare to score an era-defining win. Despite an array of excellent scores from Seán Malone, who put over two magnificent points, Sexton and Cillian Brennan, Clare did not put away Tipperary. The …

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Nigel Murray of Clare in action against Sean Murphy of Limerick during their Munster minor championship semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.

Clare minor footballers ease into Munster semi-final

Clare 2-11   Limerick 0-5 THE Clare minor footballers made very light work of an exceptionally poor Limerick team in Cusack Park on Wednesday evening. Playing with plenty of fire and putting some exceptional attacking play together, Clare were fully deserving of their 12-point win and restored their pride after their 11-point defeat to Kerry in the opening round in Tralee. Clare will now play Tipperary in the Munster semi-final in Thurles on May 13.  [doptg id=”66″] Although they led 1-7 to 0-3 at half-time, Clare were relatively slow to settle in the opening half and, in fact, they were 0-3 to 0-1 behind after nine minutes. However, Limerick stuck to their ploy of keeping players behind the ball and didn’t appear to have any inside players whom they could locate with direct ball. Seán Malone, who had an outsanding first half, put over the game’s opening score in the sixth minute. It was a portent of things to come from …

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Clare minor footballers overcome Limerick

By Seamus Hayes AN improved performance from a much-changed team earned Clare a merited win over Limerick in the Munster Minor Football Championship at NewcastleWest on Wednesday. It sets them up for a meeting with Waterford next week, in Waterford, for a place in the semi-final. While Clare supporters in the official attendance of just 353 will be pleased with the result, there will be some concern at the concession of 3-5 in the second half. It would have been greater but Killian Normoyle made a fine save from a Shane Stack penalty six minutes from the end. Overall, Clare were the better-balanced side and picked off some good scores. They were well on their way to the next round at the halfway stage when they held a 14-point lead. A brilliant start to the second half, when they added 1-2 in the opening minutes, killed off Limerick’s chances of a win. To their credit, however, the Shannonsiders battled to …

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