Car Tourismo Banner
Home » Tag Archives: hurling

Tag Archives: hurling

HURLING: Munster Final fever returns as Clare top Tipp in Thurles

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Round 5 Clare 1-24 Tipperary 0-24 It’s Clare and Limerick in the Munster Senior Hurling Final for a third successive year after Clare completed a merited final group win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium, writes Eoin Brennan. Having never won in Thurles before 2018, Clare recorded their third straight victory in a row over the Premier on their own home patch, soaring as much as eight clear by the turn of the final quarter. In the end, Brian Lohan’s side did make harder work of it than entirely necessary but on the flip side, never looked like losing the whip hand at any stage in what was Clare’s first clean sheet of the campaign. Level six times by the 38th minute, Clare, now backed by the conditons, upped the ante considerably as led by inspirational performances from key protagonists Shane O’Donnell, John Conlon and Cathal Malone, the visitors hit 1-5 without reply to swung the pendulum …

Read More »

Clare show clear in-Ten-t to reach third Minor decider

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round 5 Clare 2-22 Cork 0-19 CLARE will contest a third consecutive Munster Minor Final on Monday week after another storming finish to finally brush off hosts Cork in Supervalu Páirc Uí Chaoimh, writes Eoin Brennan. With the sides level for the sixth time by the two-thirds mark, it was the defending champions that stood tallest when needed most as they re-establish daylight between the sides before Liam Murphy inevitably provided the telling knock-out blow with his second goal of another memorable evening. Without two of last year’s Munster and All-Ireland winning squad in Marc O’Brien and Conor Ralph, it was the dynamic O’Callaghan’s Mills poacher that provided a pivotal goal in each half to take his remarkable tally to five majors in just two matches. Captain Harry Doherty was also hugely influential once more from puck-outs and scores as Clare excelled on the scoreboard with ten different scorers to take the county’s perfect minor record …

Read More »

Banner’s second half backlash ignites Munster challenge

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Round 2 Clare 3-26 Cork 3-24   It wasn’t good for the heart but crucially Clare secured their first ever championship victory in Páirc Uí Chaoimh the hard way after completing a nine point second half turnaround. In front of 36, 814 at Cork headquarters, the sides were level seven times in an inch-tight opening half by the half hour mark, writes Eoin Brennan. However, Cork finished with three of the last four points to edge 0-14 to 0-12 in front before responding to Mark Rodgers’ opener with a 1-3 blitz in just two minutes as a Patrick Horgan lob just trickled over the line before Rory Hayes could clear while a Shane Barrett shot was also deflected for a ’65 that Horgan converted to see the Rebels soar 1-17 to 0-13 clear. While things looked bleak for Clare at that stage, there was no panic on the field as points from Aidan McCarthy and Diarmuid Ryan …

Read More »

Parish ensure Tones’ Barron patch continues

No alteration to form lines as St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield maintained their perfect start to this year’s Clare Cup in a relatively comfortable victory over Wolfe Tones in Gurteen on Friday night. Always an intriguing tie particularly as there’s no shortage of recent history and trauma between this pair in relegation battles, the big difference here was in terms of clinicalness in front of the posts as the Parish were far more efficient than the visitors who will ultimately rue a wasteful first half. The Tones did start with a bang as talisman Billy Connors stunned their hosts with an early goal but by the turn of the second quarter, St Joseph’s not only cancelled it out but powered clear thanks to goals through Eoghan Thynne, following a powerful Alan O’Neill shot, and Cian Barron at 2-6 to 1-4. The home side’s wide spectrum of attacking threats is unrivalled in the county as they can triple aerial threat of Alan O’Neill, …

Read More »

Crotty delivers in style as Scariff claim the spoils

Mark McKenna’s charges recorded their second victory of this year’s Clare Cup campaign on Friday evening after a lively and highly entertaining battle with hosts Kilmaley. In truth though, had they not won the East Clare club would have left scratching their heads as ten first half wides very nearly proved detrimental. In the end it was a tour de force display from County Senior panellist Patrick Crotty that was enough to deservedly see them claim the spoils and record a three point victory. It was the away side who dominated possession throughout the opening period. First to the ball they also won the midfield battle resulting in a series of opportunities but Scariff just couldn’t convert possession into scores. In contrast to this, Brian Culbert’s Kilmaley side were extremely economical and efficient. So clinical were they that they remarkably scored eight points from nine attempts compared to Scariff’s seven from seventeen attempts. At the interval the blues led by …

Read More »

Clare gr-eight-ful for timely silverware

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final Clare 3-16 Kilkenny 1-20 Clare received the perfect pre-championship boost after finally holding off roll of honour leaders Kilkenny to garner a first National Hurling League title in eight years in FBD Semple Stadium, Thurles, writes Eoin Brennan. Following a tentative opening half match-up, Clare raided for a timely goal either side of half-time (1-8 to 0-9) through Aidan McCarthy and David Fitzgerald to seize full control of the contest. However, the Banner still couldn’t fully shake off the stubborn Cats who kept in touch mainly through Eoin Cody and half-time reolacement Martin Keoghan. Not even a second goal for the buoyant McCarthy at the turn of the final quarter could out the tie beyond doubt as Kilkenny somehow teed up a nervy grandstand finish. A 65th minute opportunist goal through Cody halved the deifict to just three while it had to take an Eibhear Quiligan penalty save to deny the Ballyhale Shamrocks sharpshooter …

Read More »

Broadford’s strong finish denies Tubber in opening round of Clare Cup

Full coverage of the opening round games in the Clare Cup as well as a look ahead to this weekend’s Cusack Cup and Garry Cup fixtures in this week’s Clare Champion. Broadford 3-12 – Tubber 1-15 Broadford following a successful 2023 with Junior A and retention of the U-21B hurling title travelled to Tubber on Friday evening with high hopes for a progressive 2024 and came away with a battling late three points to seal their opening win of the Clare Cup. The two shooting stars of the game were Broadford’s Craig Chaplin and Tubber’s Osgar Dunford and it was the Tubber 18 year old who had the opening score after seven minutes with Diarmuid Whelan back in the Broadford colours responding for his side. Joe Clancy saw a gilt-edged goal chance cannon off Broadford goalkeeper Cian O’Brien that saw the resultant 65’ converted by Lorcan O’Grady. Domhnall McMahon and Darren Chaplin traded points by the 15th minute before O’Grady …

Read More »

Community laments passing of Frank Custy

Frank Custy, one of the major figures in Clare traditional music, passed away last week, with his funeral taking place on Sunday and Monday. As a teacher Frank inspired many young people to take up music and Toonagh National School where he worked became renowned for its promotion of traditional Irish music and singing. Among those who learned music at the school were Sean Conway and Mary Custy while Sharon and Gary Shannon also learned their trades during classes organised outside school hours. Frank was also a hurler, and won a Harty Cup with St Flannan’s in 1957. He was the goalkeeper on the Ruan hurling teams that won senior county championships in 1959, 1960 and 1962. He was also a selector when the club reached the 1988 county final. A tribute to him published on social media by Ruan GAA Club lauded his contribution to the community, “Frank was synonymous with life in Toonagh for over half a century. …

Read More »