Friday 23 February 2018

O'Connor runs riot

Clare 5-17
Kilkenny 1-1

Micheál McDermott's Clare side secured a runaway victory over a hapless Kilkenny in Miltown Malbay.

The outcome was predictable as early as the first minute, when Clare full-forward Cathal O'Connor shot to the Kilkenny net from close range.

The hosts led by 3-6 to 0-1 at the break, with the Cats' only score coming from a Graham Lawlor free in the 31st minute.

O'Connor found the net once more in the 19th minute, while wing-forward Shane Brennan added another in injury-time.

After the break, Kilkenny did manage a goal of their own through Michael Duggan.

But it was to be their final score as Clare went on the rampage with two further second-half goals with Alan Clohessy and Brennan again both on target.

Scorers -- Clare: A Clohessy 1-7 (0-6f), C O'Connor 2-2, S Brennan 2-0, D O'Brien 0-3, John Hayes 0-2, G Brennan, E Lyons (1f), M O'Regan 0-1 each. Kilkenny: M Duggan 1-0, G Lawlor 0-1 (1f).

Clare -- Joe Hayes; N White, L Healy, M McMahon; K Hartnett, S McNeilis, John Hayes; G Brennan, T Ryan; S Brennan, M Foran, N Browne; E Lyons, C O'Connor, A Clohessy. Subs: M O'Regan for White (19), D O'Brien for Foran (h-t), A Cahill for Browne (h-t), D O'Connor for Lyons (55), C Ryan for Clohessy (63).

Kilkenny -- JJ O'Sullivan; D Grennan, R O'Hara, J Sheehan; J Mackey, M Malone, J Cullinane; E Vereker, C Foran; T Kehoe, D Garvey, P Raftice; D Prendergast, G Lawlor, S Mooney. Subs: M Duggan for Malone (h-t), J Culleton for Lawlor (46), M Saunders for Prendergast (57), S Connelly for Garvey (60).

Ref -- R Moloney (Limerick).

Irish Independent

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