Ryan caps off 'great workout' as Fitzgerald fine-tunes Clare
Clare 3-19 Dublin 2-18
IT TOOK a well-taken goal by Clare's Colin Ryan in the 65th minute to give the All-Ireland champions a victory over Dublin in a senior hurling challenge game played at Cusack Park, Ennis on Saturday.
Ryan worked a one-two with substitute David Reidy before blasting past Alan Nolan in the Dublin goal. For most of the second period, there was little or nothing between the sides.
Dublin began the game in spectacular fashion, when full-forward Dotsie O'Callaghan rounded Clare full-back David McInerney to fire home the opening goal on 45 seconds.
Conal Keaney added a second in the 19th minute, but Clare finished the half in flying form and goals from Colm Galvin in the 26th minute and another by Darach Honan as the half entered injury-time contributed towards a 2-13 to 2-9 lead for the Banner.
Dublin set out to atone for their poor showing. Four unanswered points by Alan McCrabbe (0-3) and Niall McMorrow levelled matters by the 40th minute.
On 59 minutes, Dublin goalkeeper Nolan made a fine save from John Conlon to keep the visitors' hand in the game, but there was very little he could do to deny Ryan five minutes later. The wing-forward gathered possession just inside the Dublin half, then hand-passed to Reidy who in turn passed back, to allow Ryan to unleash an unstoppable shot.
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald said afterwards: "It was a great workout and though not championship fare, it wasn't a hundred miles off it either.
"I'm not happy with the pace we are at but we've three weeks and hopefully we'll make up the ground in that time."
SCORERS – Clare: Colin Ryan 1-6 (6fs), D Honan 1-1, T Kelly 0-4, C Galvin 1-0, C McInerney, C McGrath 0-3 each, J Conlon, D O'Halloran 0-1 each. Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-9 (6fs), D O'Callaghan 1-2, C Keaney 1-1, D Treacy 0-3, J McCaffrey, M Schutte, N McMorrow 0-1 each.
CLARE: D Tuohy; D O'Donovan, D McInerney, J Browne; P O'Connor, Conor Ryan; P Flannagan, C Galvin, N O'Connell; J Conlon, T Kelly, Colin Ryan; C McInerney, D Honan, C McGrath. Subs: C Dillon for Browne (h-t), B Bugler for Flannagan (h-t), A Cunningham for Honan (47), S Morey for O'Connor (61), D Reidy for McInerney (62), D O'Halloran for McGrath (68).
DUBLIN: A Nolan' P Schutte, P Kelly, J Doughan' S Hiney, L Rush, M Carton; J Boland, J McCaffrey; C Keaney, N McMorrow, D Treacy; A McCarabbe, D O'Callaghan, M Schutte.
Subs: S Timlin for Doughan (h-t), C McCormack for Keaney (46), P Ryan for Treacy (51), E Dillon for M Schutte (54), K Byrne for Boland (62), M Quilty for Rush (68).
REF – J Ryan (Tipperary).