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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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29 teams compete for U-21 titles

By Seamus Hayes TWENTY-nine  teams will compete for three U-21 hurling championship titles in Clare in 2014. The draw for the A, B and C competitions was made at Clare GAA headquarters in Clareabbey on Monday evening and threw up some interesting pairings. Fellow parishioners Clarecastle and Ballyea will meet in a quarter final tie in the race for the A title. Another interesting quarter final clash should ensue when Kilmaley take on neighbours Inagh-Kilnamona. In all, there will be ten teams in the race for the A title with thirteen battling it out for the B crown leaving six to compete for the C title. The first games in all grades will take place on the weekend of March 1 and 2. The pairings are: U-21 A—Clonlara v O’C. Mills/Bodyke with the winners to play Newmarket in the quarter final; Clooney-Quin play Eire Og with the winners to play Sixmilebridge; Inagh-Kilnamona v Kilmaley and Clarecastle v Ballyea. U-21 B—Byes …

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Westmeath’s second half goals too much for Clare

By Seamus Hayes Westmeath 3-9 Clare 2-8 While Clare’s under 21 footballers showed improved form from their first round loss to Roscommon a week earlier, defeat was still their lot when they hosted Westmeath at Miltown on Saturday in round 2 of the Hastings cup under 21 football competition. The Banner side will complete their programme in this competition on Friday next when they will play Kildare under lights at St. Patricks GAA grounds in Limerick city. Clare got off to a dream start on Saturday when Jamie Malone goaled in the second minute but they failed to build on this and the visitors hit back with five unanswered points to lead by two at the end of the first quarter. A point each from midfielders Ciaran Devitt and Conor Cleary levelled the game and the teams went on to exchange points with Martin O’Leary’s effort for the home side  leaving the half time score at 1-3 to 0-6. In the …

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U-21 football pairings announced

by Seamus Hayes THE race for the 2013 U-21 A and B football titles begin on Saturday, September 21 with seven games. The draws were made on Wednesday with 15 teams in the hat for the A competition. Kilmurry-Ibrickane (A) received a bye into round two while the seven first round pairings are: B: St Josephs v Doonbeg/St ­Senan’s; C:  Michael Cusack’s/Kilfenora/Liscannor v Kilmihil/Shannon Gaels; D: Lissycasey v Kilrush; E: Clondegad v Cratloe; F: Miltown St Joseph’s v Wolfe Tones; G: Corofin v Éire Óg; F: Ennistymon v Cooraclare. Quarter-finals: 1 – H v G;  2 – C v E; 3 – B v A; 4 – D v F; Semi-finals: 2 v 1;  3 v 4. Seven teams will battle it out for the B title with Kilmihil and St Breckans receiving first-round byes. Clarecastle will play O’Curry’s/Naomh Eoin while Doonbeg will face Kilkee. In the semi-finals, the winners of the two first-round games will meet, while Kilmihil will …

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