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Early Tubridy strike sparks rout

HAPLESS Kilkenny suffered another humiliating day on the football pitch yesterday.

Although playing well within themselves, Clare still went on a scoring spree at Nowlan Park to leave their disorganised opponents on the wrong end of a terrible beating.

The locals were in trouble from the throw-in and a rout was on the cards once David Tubridy scored Clare's opening goal from a penalty after seven minutes.

A second goal, this time in the 15th minute from Chris Dunning, helped the visitors into a commanding interval lead of 2-9 to 0-1, with Graham Lalor managing Kilkenny's only point from a free.

The Banner County added the exact same score after the restart without ever having to move beyond second gear as Lalor added another solitary point for the Cats.

Scorers -- Clare: D Tubridy 2-7 (1-0 pen, 4f), D Russell 1-3, C Dunning 1-0, G Quinlan (1 '45), A Clohosey 0-2 each, G Brennan, P Reidy, G Leahy, L Healy 0-1 each. Kilkenny: G Lalor 0-2 (frees).

Clare -- J Hayes; G Kelly, B Duggan, D Ryan; D Daly, M Tubridy, B Cummins; G Quinlan, L Healy; G Brennan, D Tubridy, D Russell; A Clohosey, C Dunning, G Lynch. Subs: B Canning for Daly, S McNeiles for Cummins, P Reidy for Dunning, G Leahy for Quinlan, S Ryan for Clohosey.

Kilkenny -- JJ O'Sullivan; M Cody, R O'Hara, A Mackey; JJ Brennan, S Kenny, JJ Grace; M Mahony, M Farrell; P Raftice, S Mahony, JJ Dunphy; L Brennan, P Donnelly, G Lalor. Subs: T Kehoe for Brennan, J Culleton for Mahony, M Malone for Donnelly, E Vereker for Brennan, J Mackey for Lalor.

Ref -- D Brazil (Offaly).

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