Sport Gaelic Football

Saturday 21 April 2018

O'Dwyer bows out as Clare humiliated

LAOIS 3-17 CLARE 0-10 All-Ireland SFC Qual Rd 2

Declan Rooney

Mick O'Dwyer stepped down as Clare manager after his side succumbed to a rampant second-half display from Laois at Cusack Park.

It was a somewhat unsuitable end to his glorious management career as goals each side of half-time from John O'Loughlin and David Conway sent Laois on their way, with Ross Munnelly punching to the net in added-time to crown the win.

The fairytale ending looked a possibility midway through the first half when Clare held a 0-6 to 0-2 lead, but from then on they only registered four late points to take the mean look off the scoreboard.

Clare were rampant when they built their four-point lead, especially with Laois misfiring at the other end, but the latter finished the half like a whirlwind, and hit 1-5 without reply before the break to lead by four.

The goal arrived from midfielder O'Loughlin in the 31st minute when he ran on to a neat pass from Donie Kingston and finished low to the net, which gave the visitors a 1-7 to 0-6 lead at the break.

Laois continued where they left off at the break and, when Conway goaled in the 40th minute in an unanswered scoring blitz of 2-10, Clare were well gone.

So too was Micko.

Scorers – Laois: R Munnelly 1-3 (2f), J O'Loughlin & D Conway 1-1 each, D Strong 0-3, C Begley & D Kingston (1f) 0-2 each, P Clancy, K Lillis, C Meredith, E Costello (1f), T Shiels (1f) 0-1 each. Clare: D Tubridy 0-6 (5f), R Donnelly 0-2, S Ryan, G Kelly 0-1 each.

Laois: E Culliton; P O'Leary, M Timmons, P Begley; D Strong, K Lillis, P McMahon; J O'Loughlin, P Clancy; B Sheehan, C Meredith, C Begley; R Munnelly, D Kingston, D Conway. Subs: C Kelly for Kingston (46), E Costello for Kelly (51), D Booth for P Begley (53), C Boyle for Clancy (55), T Shiels for C Begley (57).

Clare: Joe Hayes; G Kelly, L Healy, M McMahon; D Callinan, John Hayes, G Brennan; G Quinlan, C O'Connor; S McGrath, I McInerney, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, G Kelly, D Tubridy. Subs: C Dunning for Clohessy (h-t), C Dixon for G Kelly (h-t), S Ryan for McGrath (48), J Keane for O'Connor (60), P McMahon for Brennan (63),

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork).

Irish Independent

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