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All so easy for Limerick

Limerick 1-28 Clare 1-15 Disappointing times for Clare GAA followers continued at the Gaelic grounds in Limerick this evening when the county’s under 21 hurlers were comprehensively beaten by Limerick in the Provincial semi-final. The writing was on the wall from an early stages as the home side dominated all the key areas. By half time they were nine points clear, 1-14 to 1-5 and Clare were fortunate that they were not much further behind at this stage as Limerick has failed to convert four clear goal chances in the first half Limerick went into the game as strong favourites and the writing was on the wall early as they took a commanding lead after just ten minutes. When Clare hit five unanswered points inside the first ten minutes of the second half to cut the winner’s lead to five points, Clare supporters in the official attendance of 5,577 held out hopes of a rally. However, it wasn’t to be …

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All so easy for Clare

Clare 3-26 Offaly 0-15 Clare had their expected easy win over Offaly in this qualifier tie played before an attendance of 14,268 at Cusack Park on Saturday evening A lively start which saw them go 1-5 to 0-1 ahead after just eight minutes laid the foundation for Clare’s victory Three in a row in as many minutes helped Offaly close the gap but excellent scores from Tony Kelly and Conor McGrath kept Clare ahead and when the half time whistle sounded they were 1-13 to 0-9 ahead Two goals inside the first eight minutes of the second half killed off any hope of an Offaly rally. As Clare opened up a big lead they were able to give game time to five substitutes including Colm Galvin who came in for the last seven minutes much to the delight of the big Clare following at the game Scorers—Clare Tony Kelly 0-8; Conor McGrath 1-4; John Conlon 1-2; Shane O’Donnell 1-0; Conor …

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Another easy win for Clare u-21 hurlers

By Seamus Hayes Clare 4-28 Antrim 1-10 Clare were on their way to a third All-Ireland under 21 hurling final long before the final whistle sounded at Thurles on Saturday afternoon. From an early stage their superiority was evident and when the half time whistle sounded they were eighteen points ahead of Ulster champions Antrim showed some lovely touches but just could not match the overall team work and skill of the defending champions. As was the case when they met in last year’s final, Clare were able to give game time to a number of substitutes, such was their dominance Antrim started well but Clare quickly took control and a beautiful Colm Galvin point gave them a lead they held throughout. They had 0-5 on the scoreboard when Aaron Cunningham struck for their opening goal in the eleventh minute. They added another four before Cunningham got through for their second major which came in the twenty first minute, just …

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Easy for Clare in Killaloe

By Seamus Hayes Clare 3-23  Offaly 0-12 Thirty one players saw action for Clare as the All-Ireland champions recorded an easy win over a disappointing Offaly outfit in this senior hurling tournament played to mark the opening of a new stand at the Smith O’Briens GAA grounds in Killaloe on Friday evening. For the second time in a week Clare played a different team in each half as preparations for their Munster championship semi-final against either Cork or Waterford continued. the rain began to fall as proceedings got under way in Killaloe where Munster GAA council chairman Robert Frost performed the official opening of the next stand. He paid tribute to all involved with the development and urged the goverment of the day to ensure that grant aid from the Sports capital fund was made available to GAA clubs who he described as leading community organisations throughout the country. A superb goal from Podge Collins helped Clare to a 1-13 …

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All so easy for Clare

By Seamus Hayes Clare 2-28   UCC 1-4 WATERFORD Crystal senior hurling tournament title holders, Clare had an easy passage to the 2014 final when they played UCC at O’Garney Park in Sixmilebridge on Sunday. With the 2013 All-Ireland senior hurling championship top scorer, Colin Ryan, contributing 1-12 the Banner side easily booked a place in the final where they will play either Tipperary or University of Limerick. This semi-final, scheduled for Nenagh, was postponed due to the inclement weather conditions. The Newmarket-on-Fergus man was in sparkling form, as Clare recorded a facile victory over UCC in a game played in difficult weather conditions. Showing ten changes from the side which comfortably overcame Limerick in the previous week’s quarter final, the holders included nine of their All-Ireland winning line up in their starting team for Sunday’s game. Despite playing against the wind in the first half, Clare were well on the way to the final by the end of the …

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