Liberty Insurance Senior Championship
Clare 3-8 Kilkenny 1-14
(report to follow)
Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Championship
Clare 1-4 Roscommon 2-12
Clare traveled to Padraig Pearses GAA just outside Ballinasloe on Saturday to play Roscommon in the first round of the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Premier Junior championship.
Roscommon raced into an early lead scoring 1-3 in the first 10 minutes before Clare managed to open their scoring with Niki Kaiser converting a free. Shortly after Clare followed up with a goal from Siobhan Lane who struck the ball to the corner of the net leaving just 2 points between the sides.
Roscommon added a further 2 points in the first half before they got their second goal on the stroke of half time leaving the half time score Roscommon 2-5 Clare 1-1. Clare were unfortunate in the first half with a number of wides and missed scoring opportunities due in part to the swirling breeze.
In the second half Clare played into a strong breeze, despite this they fought hard to the final whistle. Clare had 2 goal chances saved in the latter stage of the second half by the Roscommon goalie and created numerous other scoring opportunities which resulted in Clare being rewarded with three 45s which Niki Kaiser converted.
Roscommon with the aid of a strong breeze continued to put pressure on the Clare defence throughout the second half scoring 3 points from play and converting 3 frees to leave the full time score Roscommon 2-12 Clare 1-4. The final scoreline did not reflect the closeness of the game and the intensity of the play.
Clare now play Armagh at a home venue on 15th July.
Clare Scorers: Niki Kaizer (0-4, 1F,3-45m,) Siobhan Lane (1-0 )
Clare: Edel McNamara Kilkishen; Eva Whyte Eire Og, Laura Browne Eire Og, Claire McMahon Eire Og; Katie O’Flanagan Newmarket on Fergus, Deanna Considine Sixmilebridge, Aisling McMahon St Josephs; Sarah Redmond Eire Og, Louise Egan Truagh-Clonlara;, Sinead Power Inagh Kilnamona, Niki Kaiser Newmarket on Fergus, Niamh Mulqueen Broadford; Louise McDonnell Ruan, Siobhan Lane Corofin, Sarah Loughnane Sixmilebridge
Subs: Laura McGrath Feakle for Sarah Loughnane HT, Corina McMahon Corofin for Niamh Mulqueen 35mins, Maria Redmond Eire Og for Sarah Redmond 55 mins
All Ireland U16A Championship
Clare 3-10 Cork 1-9
Clare took the points in their opening game of the All Ireland U16A Championship with a comprehensive win over Cork on Sunday afternoon in Cratloe.
Clare raced into an early lead hitting five points on the bounce, Beck Foley with the first in the third minute, With Lorna McNamara and Lynda Daly both striking over a brace each to have the home side ahead by 5 points with eight minutes played.
The next passage of play saw the games first goal, having won their own puckout Clare sent play back down the wing where great Hickey gathered and sent a pass to Lorna McNamara who struck to the back of the next.
Corks Sally McCarthy opened the visitors tally in the tenth minute when she converted a free, which Lorna McNamara replied to in kind at the other to maintain Clares lead. Fiona Keating had the Rebelettes first score from play in the twenty third minute, following good build up work from Molly Barrett.
Again Clare responded in kind with Lynda Daly slotting home while on the run. With four minutes of time remaining in the opening half, a Foley free travelled the distance to the danger area, Lorna McNamara shot was deflected out by Cork goalie Lisa O’Riordan, and the young Cork goalie got to the rebound from Aoibhin Ryan to parry the shot to the other side.
Again O’Riordan came up trumps for the visitors when she blocked again from Hickey. Lorna McNamara slotted home from placed ball leaving the final score of the half to the visitors, Keating pointing from play to leave the half time score Clare 1-8 Cork 0-3.
Cork went on the attack from the throw in, and Rachel Daly in the Clare goals had two quick saves in succession, having deflected Sheehans original shot, she got the block in on Keating to deny the visitors. Clare moved play to the other end, and with ball going out over the line, were awarded a ’45.
With the shot dropping into the square, Cork again tipped the ball out over the line, and this time Foley slotted the ’45 between the posts. Cork hit their purple patch over the next five minutes as they ran at the Clare outfit, hitting the next three points, Cremin with a free, followed by points from Sarah Sheehan and a McCarthy free. Lorna Mcnamara sent over her fifth point of the day when she converted from placed ball.
Clare sub Aoife Corey introduced five minutes into the second half and having been moved inside to the full forward position, grabbed Clares second goal, when Lorna McNamara passed having gathered a Foley free. McCarthy responded for the vsistors with a converted free and this was followed up by a Cliona Dooley point.
However Clare were not letting up and referee John McDonagh awarded the home side a penalty when Corey was brought down in the square. Foley struck low to the back of the Cork net to effectively put this tie beyond the reach of the Munster U16A Champions.
A free in the fifty fifth minute for Cork gave the visitors a boost and the young Rebelettes fought hard in the closing minutes, and were rewarded with a green flag with two minutes remaining when Keating struck for goal. With the final whistle coming just two minutes later, Clare were comfortably ahead an dtook the win Clare 3-10 Cork 1-9.
Clare: Rachel Daly Scariff Ogonnelloe; Ciara Hehir Inagh Kilnamona, Roisin Minogue Bodyke, Susan Daly Scariff Ogonnelloe; Ella McNamara Capt Killanena, Caoimhe Kelly Kilkishen, Sinead Ryan Truagh Clonlara; Ciara Halpin Clooney Quin, Becky Foley Truagh Clonlara 1-2; Finia O’Brien Sixmilebridge, Lynda Daly Scariff Ogonnelloe 0-3, Aoibhin Ryan Inagh Kilnamona; Lorna McNamara 1-5, Gretta Hickey Whitegtae, Siobhan Lenihan Kilkishen
Subs: Aisling Hannon St Josephs for Hickey, Aoife Corey Ruan 1-0 for A Ryan, Siofra Ní Chonaill St Josephs for S Ryan, Emer Cotter Inagh Kilnamona for L McNamara
Player of the Game: Susan Daly, Clare
Clare People Minor A Championship
St. Josephs 11-11 Clooney-Quin/Tulla 3-7
A brace of goals by Ciara Whelan set St. Josephs off to a winning start in the 2017 Minor A Championship against Clooney-Quin/Tulla. St. Josephs were quick off the mark with the opening goal by Whelan within the first minute.
The resulting puck out was gathered by St. Josephs Ciara Duggan and dispatched to the back of the net by Ciara Guilfoyle. The combo outfit came into the game with some pin point passing between Ciara Groagan and Bridin Dinan, the latter scoring 1-1 in quick succession.
The first half would come to an end with some excellent points by Orna Mulconroy and Dinan but St. Josephs had gathered too much momentum with another goal Amy Lenihan and a string of points from Aisling Reidy. Half time score St. Josephs 3-6 Clooney Quin/Tulla 1-4.
An almost identical start to the second half saw Whelan rattle the Clooney-Quin/Tulla net twice. It was a game of goals and Dinan stepped up to the mark for the combo scoring 1.2 in similar fashion with substitute Aisling Dooley delivering a bullet shot to the Josephs net.
Reidy, Guilfoyle and subsitiute Mary O Connor had their eyes on the goal and rattled the defensive net throughout the half. Some fantastic points from both sides from Dinan, Aisling Hannan and Lenihan brought the game to a close on a final score of St. Josephs 11-11 to Clooney-Quin/Tulla 3-7.
Clooney/Quin-Tulla: Alex O’ Sullivan, Aisling Dooley, Michelle Meere, Orla Moroney, Mary Conneally, Ciara Grogan, Chloe Crowe, Sinead Conlon, Ciara Halpin, Kaylee Cahill, Orna Mulconroy, Sinead Considine, Roisin Keogh, Bridin Dinan, Emma Deegan, Aisling Dooley, Aisling McGrath, Caoimhe Leamy.
St. Josephs: Karen McMahon, Meadbh O’Connor, Kate Dillon, Aisling Hannan, Orla Hoey, Laura Hayes, Chloe Towey, Mary O’Connor, Hannah Meaney, Aisling Reidy, Amy Lenihan, Ciara Duggan, Siofra Ni Chonnaill, Ciara Whelan, Ciara Guilfoyle, Muireann Collins, Niamh McDonagh, Shona Power.
Referee: Gus O’Callaghan Feakle
All Ireland U16B Championship
Clare 4-11 Down 1-10
Wed 05th July
Munster Minor Championship Preliminary Round
Walsh Park: Waterford v Clare,7.30pm
Sun 09th July
All Ireland U16A Championship
Waterford v Clare
All Ireland U16B Championship
Clare v Kildare