Tuesday 26 September 2017

Game At A Glance

Full-backs: David McInerney (Clare)
Full-backs: David McInerney (Clare)

Declan Rooney

The decisive moments from the action in Ennis

Man of the Match

David McInerney (Clare)

Challenged for the award by both of his corner-backs, but the Banner full-back was imperious. His wonder point sent Clare on a run of seven consecutive points, and his patrolling at the back laid the foundations for victory.

Turning point

Laois looked very lively in the opening 10 minutes, with Zane Keenan getting on the scoreboard. However, once Clare got to grips with Eoin Reilly's puck-outs dropping in their full-back line, they quenched the influence of Laois' best forward.

Talking point

Have Clare shaken off their Munster championship disappointment with this jog in the park? After some early worries, it was all too easy for Davy Fitzgerald's side, who won't be afforded as straightforward a day against Wexford next weekend.

Magic moment

Twelve minutes into the first half, Clare full-back McInerney drilled over the score of the game from deep inside his own half. He showed admirable speed to get out in front of Willie Hyland after a low delivery in front of the Laois full-forward, and after a short carry he hit a rousing point that lifted Clare.

Ref watch

Colm Lyons did his best to let the game flow but was still quick to punish any over-zealous tackling. His job was made easier when the game became less of a contest.

What they said

Davy Fitzgerald (Clare manager):

"All you can do is beat what's put in front of you and we did that. We didn't become a bad team overnight, as people made us out to be. There's been no bunch of lads that felt as bad in the last two weeks, trust me on that."

Seamus Plunkett (Laois manager):

"We've had a very positive season and it has given us something to work off for the future. We'll continue to work on building the game in Laois."

Match statistics

Wides:

Clare 10 (6 first half)

Laois 9 (6)

Frees:

Clare 11 (7)

Laois 11 (6)

Yellow cards:

Clare 2 (P Collins 22, P Kelly 27)

Laois 5 (J Brophy 18, J Fitzpatrick 22, W Hyland 33, B Duggan 47, JA Delaney 49)

What's next?

Clare face Wexford in Phase 3 next weekend as Laois bow out.

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