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Ross O'Doherty of Clare celebrates his second half goal against Waterford during their minor championship game at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.

Cahill hat-trick eases Clare minors beyond Waterford

Clare 5-11 Waterford 0-6 THE Clare minor footballers eased to a 20-point victory over Waterford in Cusack Park on Wednesday evening in a Munster championship play-off. The Seamus Clancy-managed team will play Tipperary on Wednesday evening next in their second play-off, to determine who will advance to the provincial semi-final. Clare were lethargic for large parts of the first half but they exploded into life once Ross O’Doherty goaled 17 minutes from time. He picked up a break off Diarmuid Ryan and finished clinically. O’Doherty netted again in injury time while, in the interim, Corofin’s Gearóid Cahill completed a superbly executed hat-trick of goals. Playing in front of an attendance of 389, Clare started with impressive intent. They had 1-2 on the board inside four minutes and Waterford looked out of their depth, even at that early stage. The home county won the throw-in and attacked immediately, with Seán Rouine pointing after a mere 22 seconds. Ross O’Doherty followed shortly …

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Clare minor hurlers seal Munster semi-final spot

Clare 1-24    Waterford 0-9 Clare justified favouritism as they comfortably overcame Waterford in the opening round of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship at Cusack Park on Wednesday evening. Before an attendance of 1,622, Clare dominated the second half exchanges, to safely book their passage to the semi-finals, which will take place at the end of June. An 18-point winning margin did not appear likely at the end of the opening half, when the home side led by just two points, 0-9 to 0-7, having struggled to get to grips with the Waterford challenge.  Indeed, they trailed for much of the half but finished strongly with four unanswered points to lead at the break. An outstanding performance from midfielder Keith White was the highlight of the opening period. He scored four superb points from play and added two more in the second half, which helped to give Clare a vital edge in this sector.  The Inagh-Kilnamona man opened the scoring …

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The outstanding Ian Galvin gets away from Waterford’s DJ Foran at Cusack Park on Wednesday. Photograph Arthur Ellis

Duggan and Galvin turn it on for heroic Clare U-21s

Clare 0-23   Waterford 1-18 WHAT an evening it was in Cusack Park on Wednesday. The Clare U-21s lifted the spirits of the entire county with a display of epic bravery, skill and pure passion, in front of a crowd of 6,639 people. Incredibly, they have qualified for the county’s fourth successive final at this level. Inspired by the peerless Bobby Duggan and the equally superb Ian Galvin, Clare stunned Waterford, who were warm favourites. Duggan hit 0-13, including six sublime points from play, while Galvin produced one of the best individual displays seen in the county grounds, hitting 0-5 from play in a glorious second half effort. But while Duggan and Galvin put over 0-19 between them, they were surrounded by men who fought like lions for every ball. Without that intensity, added to their general calmness in possession, Clare would not be preparing for a Munster final on July 30. On a perfect evening for hurling they gave …

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Clare hurlers’ courageous fight-back just fails

Waterford 2-13 Clare 2-12 CLARE’S Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling dream for 2014 ended in Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Wednesday but not before they put in a truly courageous performance after a disastrous start. Nine points down after eight minutes, they looked to be on the road to a hiding. Reduced to 14 men five minutes into the second half, a heavy defeat looked the likely outcome but from here on, Clare dominated and were two points in front by the three-quarter stage. Clare almost snatched a sensational win in injury time but the winners’ goalie, Billy Nolan, produced a magnificent save, at the expense of a 65’, from David Fitzgerald, one of Clare’s better players on the evening. Clare continued to pile on the pressure but time was not on their side. In the end, Waterford had a bit too much experience and strength and emerged with a point to spare, to seal a place in the Munster final. …

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