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Two changes on under 21 hurling team

By Seamus Hayes The Clare team to play Tipperary in this Wednesday’s Munster under 21 hurling championship semi-final shows two changes from the side which started against Limerick in the opening round. Alan O’Neill returns from injury and will line out at centre back where he was impressive during last year’s campaign. Conor Cleary moved to wing back releasing Jamie Shanahan to play at wing forward to the exclusion of Shane Gleeson. Eoin Enright who has been struggling to overcome injury loses out to Shane McGrath who will play at centre forward. Enright has recovered from a shoulder injury and is named amongst the substitutes. The team includes six players who all saw action against Wexford in the senior Qualifier replay on Saturday last. They are  Jack Browne, Seadna Morey, Tony Kelly, Colm Galvin and Peter Duggan who started in that game and  Jamie Shanahan who was introduced for extra time. Cathal O’Connell, a regular in last year’s victorious team,  will …

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Cunningham’s injury not as serious as feared

By Seamus Hayes Initial fears that Clare hurler Aaron Cunningham would be out of the game for a long spell due to the injury suffered in last Wednesday’s Munster under 21 first round win over Limerick have eased. “Following a scan on Thursday, the injury isn’t as bad as we thought. We are awaiting further checks on his further knee”, senior hurling selector Louis Mulqueen said this weekend. “Aaron situation is a knee problem. Unfortunately with Aaron, he’s been injured a lot and rehab is the thing. It takes a bit of time. His shoulder was out at different times throughout the year. He was starting to come good and his form was coming. At the moment we’re still waiting for further checks on the scan but yesterday’s scan wasn’t as bad as we thought. He’s still away with a swollen knee”, Cunningham said. Meanwhile All-Ireland hero Shane O’Donnell is continuing to receive treatment for a hamstring injury. “Shane had …

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Clare take control in the second half

By Seamus Hayes Clare 2-20 Limerick 1-14 A strong second half showing helped defending Munster and All-Ireland champions Clare to a merited win over Limerick in the opening round of the Munster under 21 hurling championship at the Gaelic grounds on Wednesday evening. In a game played before an attendance of 6,063, the favourites took a while to settle but they were always in control in the second half. In the semi-final on July 16, Clare will take on Tipperary at Cusack Park “Limerick were always going to put it up to us. I saw them annihilate Kilkenny two weeks ago in a challenge game in Nowlan Park. We paid them huge respects coming in here in terms of how we prepared, particularly in terms of mental preparation. In the first half we weren’t that fluent at times. We were struggling to string passes together and quite fortunate not to concede a goal or two”, joint manager Donal Moloney said …

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Sixmilebridge clash with Ballyea in U21

‘Bridge and Ballyea in u-21 A final

By Seamus Hayes Holders Sixmilebridge will face Ballyea in the final of the Clare under 21 A hurling championship after they won their respective semi-finals on Friday evening. This is the final pairing that many had predicted when the draw was made. In a repeat of last year’s final, the Bridge overcame Clonlara on  a 0-16 to 0-12 scoreline at Clarecastle. Clonlara were dealt a massive blow with both their inter county senior players, Colm Galvin and Cathal ‘Tots’ O’Connell, were ruled out due to injury. O’Connell did make an appearance for the final five minutes but it was too late to prevent the holders from progressing.   Sixmilebridge were without the injured Jamie Shanahan but they did have Seadna Morey who lined out at centre back Alex Morey hit nine points for the winners whikle Alan Mulready contributed five on an evening when the holders were  0-8 to 0-7 in front at half time. Meanwhile, Ballyea justified favouritism when scoring a …

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O’Dea on the mend

ENNIS born internationally-renowned artist Mick O’Dea has described his recent accident, which left him with serious injuries, as a “very close call.” The award-winning artist was brought to the Mater Hospital for surgery after an accident on Dublin’s O’Connell Street in January. He said he was “very lucky” to have escaped with his life. Mr O’Dea is now recovering at his home in Dublin, having spent a week in hospital, where he spent a number of days in intensive care. “I just have to take it easy now for a couple more weeks and try and heal,” he told The Clare Champion. He said the impact “shattered” his spleen, which had to be surgically removed. He praised the surgical team and all at the Mater Hospital saying “they saved me”. The accident occurred on January 17 when Mr O’Dea was cycling on O’Connell Street. He recalled, “I was cycling along O’Connell Street and somebody walked out in front of me …

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