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Cork’s strong finish too much for Clare

Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17 From an early stage in this hurling qualifier round 2 tie at Semple stadium, it was clear that there would be little between the teams at the final whistle. And so it proved, but, for Clare fans that is little consolation as they ended up three points adrift of their Cork opponents after as really exciting contest which produced thirty seven scores. [doptg id=”75″] Clare will be concerned last the fact that they failed to score in the final ten minutes. Substitute Colm Galvin put them two clear in the 60th minute and, with the aid of the wind, things looked good for Clare. Cork, however put in a storming finish and four superb points from Pat Horgan together with one from substitute Paudie O’Sullivan sealed victory for the Leesiders and ended Clare’s championship season. Clare will looked to missed chances on an evening when they had a total of eighteen wides, twelve coming in the …

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It’s Clare v Cork …again

  Clare will play Cork in round 2 of the hurling qualifier on this Saturday. It’s expected that the game, a repeat of the Al-Ireland final of 2013, will form part of a double header with the Limerick v Dublin tie. Venue and times will be announced after a meeting of the CCC in Croke park this Monday afternoon. Cork, beaten by Waterford in the Provincial semi-final, bounced back into contention with a big win over Wexford at Wexford park on Saturday. Clare and Cork last met at the end of February in the league when Cork emerged with a comfortable 1-24 to 0-17 victory at Pairc Ui Rinn. In 2013 the teams produced two thrilling contests in the All-Ireland final with Clare emerging as winners in a replay By Seamus Hayes  

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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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Hurlers make four changes for Offaly visit

The Clare senior hurling team to face Offaly in Saturday’s first round All-Ireland championship qualifiers shows four changes in personnell from the side which line out against Limerick in the opening round of the Munster championship in May Seadna Morey replaces Domhnall O’Donovan at corner back, Brendan Bugler returns from a one-match suspension to line out at wing back in place of the suspended Patrick Donnellan, Conor McGrath has recovered from a hamstring injury to take his place at corner forward in place of David Reidy, while Darach Honan starts at corner forward and this results in Gearoid O’Connell, who played at midfield against Limerick, dropping down to the substitutes bench. The team is Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona): David McInerney (Tulla), Cian Dillon, Capt. (Crusheen), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge):Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Patrick O’Connor (Tubber), Jack Browne (Ballyea):Conor Ryan (Cratloe), Tony Kelly (Ballyea): John Conlon (Clonlara), Colin Ryan (Newmarket-on-Fergus), Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge):Darach Honan (Clonlara), Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg), Conor McGrath (Cratloe); Subs: Donal …

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A Cusack Park double header for Clare

Clare will have home advantage in their first outings in the All-Ireland  hurling and football qualifiers and the games are expected to form a double header at Cusack Park in Ennis on Saturday week, July 4. The hurlers will take on Offaly, while the footballers will also face Leinster opposition, having been drawn against Longford. Following their disappointing loss to Limerick in the Munster championship quarter final some weeks ago, the Clare hurlers will be fancied to return to winning ways against an Offaly side that suffered a shock loss to Laois in the Leinster championship. The footballers also disappointed in their Munster semi-final date with Cork last week. They will be hoping to have at least some of the players who missed that game due to injury back in the side for the visit of Longford, who defeated Carlow in a first round qualifier tie on Saturday last. Confirmation of the times of these fixtures will be available following …

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Unchanged Clare to face Kildare

By Seamus Hayes The Clare team to face Kildare in this Saturday’s qualifier championship round 2 game at Cusack Park is unchanged from the team which started against Carlow last week. Shane Hickey, injured early last week, is fit again and has been named at corner back with Dean Ryan, impressive when introduced in Carlow, dropping down to the substitutes bench. Team captain Gary Brennan will again lead the team from midfield where he will be partnered by Shane McGrath.  The Collins brothers, Sean and Podge, will play in the half forward line flanking Enda Coughlan while the experienced Rory Donnelly and David Tubridy will flank Shane Brennan in the full forward line. The team is; Joe Hayes (Lissycasey); Shane Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Kevin Hartnett (Meelick) Martin McMahon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Jamie Malone (Corofin) Gordon Kelly (Miltown St. Josephs), Ciaran Russell (Eire Og); Gary Brennan (Clondegad), Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis); Sean Collins (Cratloe) Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry-Ibrickane) Podge Collins (Cratloe); David Tubridy (Doonbeg) Shane …

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Kelly returns to goalkeeping duties

All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona) has been recalled for this Saturday’s Qualifier clash with Wexford at Cusack Park and he will replace Donal Tuohywho filled the position in the recent Munster semi-final game against Cork. Kelly’s selection is one of two changes from the side which started against Cork. The other change is in attack where Cathal McInerney comes in for Peter Duggan. McInerney is named at corner forward in what will be an all Cratloe full forward line which also included Conor McGrath and Podge Collins Ballyea’s Jack Browne who made his senior championship; debut against Cork before being replaced by Seadna Morey, is retained at corner back. Both Cian Dillon and Colm Galvin who were rated as doubtful starters due to injury, have been named in their usual positions in the full back line and at midfield respectively While Shane O’Donnell have been back in training in recent weeks following a hamstring injury, its thought unlikely that …

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Home tie for Clare hurlers

  Clare will have home advantage for their first round hurling qualifier tie after been  drawn against Wexford. A meeting of the competitions control committee at Croke Park this Monday afternoon will when this game will take place. Two of the four games are due to be played this coming weekend with the remaining two a week later. Already scheduled for the second weekend is the meeting of Tipperary and the losers of the Galvay v Kilkenny replay, a fixture which is sure to attract huge attention regardless of who will provide the opposition for Tipperary. The other two fixtures will see Antrim play Offaly and Waterford take on Laois.  A draw between the four winners wil determine the two fixtures to take place on July 12 with the winners of those games going on to play in the quarter finals against the beaten Leinster and Munster finalists on the weekend of July26/27 Last year, Clare were fortunate to overcome …

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