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Clare overcame some wayward shooting to see off CIT at Cooraclare yesterday and book their place in the semi-final.

Having defeated UCC in the opening round a week earlier at the same venue, Clare were lucky their opponents failed to convert their chances as the students hit seven wides after the break. Clare themselves were guilty of some poor shooting, particularly in the first half when they had eight wides.

The sides were level, 0-4 each, at half-time but a better return after the break from the hosts saw them through.

Clare led 0-6 to 0-4 by the 47th minute before Donal Og Hodnett and sub Andy O'Brien drew CIT level. But Clare scores by Alan Clohessy and Darren O'Neill kept their side ahead and when David Tubridy pointed a long-range free with five minutes remaining, he put the home team 0-10 to 0-7 in front. CIT's O'Brien then hit two late frees but Clare held on.

Scorers -- Clare: D Tubridy (1f), A Clohessy (2f) 0-3 each, R Donnelly 0-2, D O'Brien (f), D O'Neill 0-1 each.

CIT: A O'Brien 0-4 (2f), BJ Walsh (1f), D Og Hodnett (2f) 0-2 each, P O'Driscoll 0-1.

Clare -- Joe Hayes; N White, L Healy, M McMahon; Graham Kelly, Gordon Kelly (capt) John Hayes; G Brennan, C O'Connor; D Daly, S McNeilis, D O'Brien; R Donnelly, T Ryan, A Clohessy. Subs: D Tubridy for G Brennan (inj, 13), S Brennan for O'Brien (h-t), D O'Neill for McNeilis (43).

CIT -- B Walsh; B McGuire, S O'Donoghue, R O'Dwyer; P Minihane, B Russell, C O'Driscoll; P Daly, S O'Hare; P O'Driscoll, BJ Walsh, R Power; J Dinneen, H Curran, D Óg Hodnett. Subs: A Walsh for Daly (inj, 8), B O'Regan for McGuire (h-t), S Kelleher for P O'Driscoll (40), A O'Brien for Dinneen (50), W O'Mahony for Hodnett (inj, 56).

Ref -- K O'Brien (Tipperary).

Irish Independent