Sport Hurling

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Game At A Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Davy O'Halloran (Clare)

The choice was pretty open as Clare didn't have any poor performers in a game they dominated. O'Halloran got the nod because he was involved in most of the best approach work by Clare, particularly in the first half, and contributed 1-4.

TURNING POINT

There was no major turning point because the game was never in the balance, despite some spirited and at times over-zealous play by Antrim in the first half. The goals from Davy O'Halloran and Shane O'Donnell towards the end of the opening 30 minutes highlighted the Banner superiority.

TALKING POINT

Now that they have the U-21 title safely in the bag, can the four 'first teamers' – David McInerney, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Podge Collins – claim senior medals in the All-Ireland replay against Cork on Saturday week?

MAGIC MOMENT

The well-taken goal by Clare full-forward Shane O'Donnell in the 28th minute. O'Donnell had a difficult angle as he came in for his shot from close to the end line, yet somehow he managed to power his shot into the far corner of the net.

REF WATCH

Colm Lyons of Cork laid down the law and brandished four yellow cards at Antrim players, each of which was justified, in the first half. That sent out a clear message and, happily, he didn't need to send anybody off.

WHAT THEY SAID

Donal Moloney (Clare co-manager)

"It was a difficult game to prepare for. Everyone would have liked a better spectacle and, from Antrim's perspective, I think their players probably deserve better. If they had access to the same resources, the same expertise, that all our guys have, I think it would be a different story."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides

Clare 8 (4 first half)

Antrim 3 (2 first half)

Frees

Clare 12 (8)

Antrim 10 (2)

Yellow cards

Antrim 4 (M Donnelly and Chris McGuinness 3; S Dooey 18, J McGreevey 28)

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