Tuesday 19 November 2019

Clare trounce Laois in qualifier cakewalk

Stephen Maher, Laois, in action against Patrick O'Connor
Stephen Maher, Laois, in action against Patrick O'Connor

Clare advanced from their Phase II qualifier with Laois today with a facile 20-point victory over Laois at Cusack Park in Ennis.

Clare bounced back from a poor second half showing in their Munster semi-final defeat to Cork to record a 1-32 to 0-15 in which 15 different Clare players scored from play.

Laois, looking to build on a promising performance in the Leinster semi-final against Galway, played with the breeze at their backs in the first half and began brightly enough  and trailed by 0-4 to 0-3 with Zack Keenan and Stephen Maher on the scoresheet.

Davy Fitzgerald's side settled and had nine separate scorers in the opening half as they assumed control and led by 0-17 to 0-8 at the break.

The one-sided nature of the game continued in the second half with Colin Ryan punishing Laois's ill-discipline.

It was a case of target practice for the Banner in the second period as they sent over point after point.

By the time Shane O'Donnell struck for the game's first goal Clare led by 1-32 to 0-14.

Laois struck the last point of the game in a 20-point defeat for Seamus Plunkett's men.

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