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Footballers feature four debutants

THE Clare senior footballers starting team and subs were named after training in Cusack Park on Thursday evening ahead of Saturday’s provincial quarter-final meeting with Waterford in Cusack Park. Four players will make their Munster championship debuts while Joe Hayes returns in goals at the expense of Pierce Deloughrey, who was in goals for the league campaign. Jamie Malone, Ciaran Russell and Martin O’Leary are pencilled in to make their championship debuts at midfield, wing back and in the full forward line respectively. Podge Collins will also make his Munster senior football championship debut. His brother Seán, who played championship in 2009, has been named at wing forward while his younger brother will wear number 15. Joe Hayes (Lissycasey); Dean Ryan (Éire Óg), Kevin Hartnett (Meelick), Martin McMahon (Kilmurry Ibrickane); Shane Hickey (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Gordon Kelly (Miltown), Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg); Gary Brennan (Clondegad – captain), Jamie Malone (Corofin); Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis), Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Seán Collins (Cratloe); …

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Minor footballers exit Munster in thriller

Waterford 6-9 Clare 4-12 CLARE exited the 2014 Munster minor football championship in a thrilling tie at Fraher Field in Dungarvan on Tuesday evening. Both teams were committed to all out attack and notched some superb scores during 60 minutes of terrific attacking football, although the defending, at both ends, was not quite as impressive. Waterford scored a goal with their first attack when Joe Allen netted 13 seconds after his team won the throw in. That set the tone for a magnificent spectacle. Come half time the home county had added three more goals and led 4-4 to 1-4. Darren Nagle scored Clare’s first half goal with a top class finish while Evan Courtney, Liam Madigan and Keelan Sexton pointed some great scores. The second half was full of goals with Sexton twice netting for Clare, while Evan Courtney added the remaining goal. However every time Waterford attacked they looked dangerous and raised green flags too regularly for the …

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Waterford’s strong finish too much for Clare

By Seamus Hayes Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-11 There was heartbreak for the Clare minor hurlers at Cusack Park on Wednesday evening when they went under by five points to All-Ireland champions Waterford in the opening round of the Munster minor championship. Everything pointed to a Clare win when the home side led by three points with just seven minutes remaining However, Waterford fired home three points in two minutes to level with five still to play and Clare were clearly rattled. Substitute Eddie Meaney made a huge impact for Waterford in the remaining time, hitting the lead point with three to play and sealing his team’s victory a minute later with the game’s only goal folowing a defensive error on Clare’s part. Clare must now look to the backdoor route in their search to get back into the title race. They will play Kerry on Wednesday April 23 with the winners of that tie then taking on the loser of …

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Minor hurlers ‘face a huge task’

By Seamus Hayes The Clare team to play All-Ireland champions Waterford in ther opening round of the Munster minor hurling championship at Cusack Park on this Wednesday evening at 6.30 p.m. was named after training on Tuesday. Wolfe Tones will have three members on the team while Sixmilebridge, Clonlara, Inagh-Kilnamona and Kilmaley have two each. “This is a huge task for Clare, the biggest we have faced at this stage of the minor championship for some time. We have only a couple of last year’s panel in the squad while Waterford have a good sprinkling of their All-Ireland winning minor team while they won the All-Ireland under 16 title  two years ago”, Clare manager Eamonn Fennessy said. “Our goal is to give a performance and get these lads ready for the next step”, Fennessy added. The team for this eagerly awaited first round is; Jacob Loughnane(Sixmilebridge); Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), Seamus Downey (Clonlara), Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones); David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), Dara …

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Three debutants for footballers opening league tie

By Seamus Hayes THERE are three debutants on the Clare senior football team for Sunday’s opening game in division 4 of the Allianz league when they play Waterford at Fraher Field in Dungarvan. Goalkeeper Pierce DeLoughrey (Cratloe) and corner forwards Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil) and Jamie Malone (Corofin) have been named in a team, which also includes six players who were not part of last year’s panel for a variety of reasons. The six survivors from last year’s panel are Martin McMahon and Enda Coughlan,  from Kilmurry Ibrickane; Gary Brennan (Clondegad), who is the team captain, Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen), Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis, Dublin) and David Tubridy (Doonbeg). Dual player Sean Collins has been named at wing forward and the expectation is that his brother, Podge, also a member of the senior hurling squad,  will be on the bench. Ruled out due to injury are goalkeeper Joe Hayes, defender Shane McNeilis and forwards Alan Clohessy and Rory Donnelly. The team is: Pierce …

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All so easy for Clare

By Seamus Hayes Clare 2-28   UCC 1-4 WATERFORD Crystal senior hurling tournament title holders, Clare had an easy passage to the 2014 final when they played UCC at O’Garney Park in Sixmilebridge on Sunday. With the 2013 All-Ireland senior hurling championship top scorer, Colin Ryan, contributing 1-12 the Banner side easily booked a place in the final where they will play either Tipperary or University of Limerick. This semi-final, scheduled for Nenagh, was postponed due to the inclement weather conditions. The Newmarket-on-Fergus man was in sparkling form, as Clare recorded a facile victory over UCC in a game played in difficult weather conditions. Showing ten changes from the side which comfortably overcame Limerick in the previous week’s quarter final, the holders included nine of their All-Ireland winning line up in their starting team for Sunday’s game. Despite playing against the wind in the first half, Clare were well on the way to the final by the end of the …

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Dan the Man recalls Davy’s Waterford reign

IT’S a first senior final for every Clare player but as well as playing, manager Davy Fitzgerald has managed a team in an All-Ireland before. It’s presumably something he does not look back on fondly; Waterford met a Kilkenny side at the peak of their powers and were beaten 3-30 to 1-13. Dan Shanahan was involved and while he doesn’t look back on the game fondly either, he doesn’t lay the blame with the management of the time. “We’d a lot of work done and to the credit of Davy and the selectors, they took a lot of limelight off us. Everything was organised but Kilkenny were very good that day,” he says. “When you get to the All-Ireland, you have to go and get measured for suits and things like that and we got it done fairly quick. It was just on the day that our tactics didn’t work.” On the day, some Waterford players made rather unsuccessful early …

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