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Kerry retained Munster crown but plucky Clare captured home hearts

Munster Senior Football Championship Final Kerry 0-23 Clare 1-13 SUCH a historic occasion wasn’t matched by a home upset but Clare did test Kerry’s resolve on their way to a record 85th Munster Senior Football crown in front of 12,059 in Cusack Park, Ennis, writes Eoin Brennan. In what was the first time in 87 years that Clare contested back-to-back provincial finals, the hosts admirably managed to halve last year’s deficit with only half of the same personnel in what was a hugely encouraging battling display from Mark Fitzgerald’s side. Clare’s plunkiness was ultimately superceded by Kerry’s vast experience as in contrast the Kingdom possessed 17 of the 20 players from the 2023 decider. However, not content with moral victories, Clare commendably went out to win this final, not contain the perennial superpowers as evidenced by carving out two glorious goal opportunites either side of half-time. Trailing by 0-10 to 0-07, Clare’s best player Dermot Coughlan broke through Kerry’s last …

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87 year gap bridged by clincial Clare

Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-09 A completely different team but admirably the same result as Clare eased into back-to-back Munster Senior Football Finals for the first time in 87 years in Fraher Field, Dungarvan, writes Eoin Brennan. Despite the home side’s current buoyancy following their first Munster Championship triumph in 14 years against Tipperary last time out, Mark Fitzgerald’s side quickly quelled any potential revolt with a clincially professional performance. Indeed, they answered Jason Curry’s opening minute point with the next seven through five different scorers (Emmet McMahon (2), Aaron Griffin (2), Dermot Coughlan, Darragh Bohannon, Mark McInerney) and never looked back over their shoulders thereafter as goals through Emmet McMahon and Mark McInerney either side of the break cemented a provincial final showdown with Kerry long before the turn of the final quarter at 2-13 to 0-5. Even a Tom O’Connell home goal couldn’t rally a downtrodden Deise as Aaron Griffin (2) and Ciaran Downes …

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