Saturday 20 January 2018

Banner ease to Kerry victory

Clare 6-23 Kerry 1-18

IT was all one-way traffic at Cusack Park yesterday afternoon as Clare cruised to a 20-point victory over Kerry in Ennis.

The win pushes the Banner men closer to a place in the Division 2 final, a position they can secure next week if they overcome the challenge of Laois.

The outcome of this tie was clear long before the final whistle was blown. A brace of goals from John Conlon helped the Clare men to a 2-9 to 0-4 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The home side went on to hold a 4-15 to 1-6 half-time advantage thanks to further goals from Nicky O'Connell and Diarmuid McMahon.

Clare added 1-3 without reply in the opening five minutes of the second half, with another strike from McMahon pushing them further ahead.

As the game drew to a close Clare conceded some easy frees which Darragh O'Connell punished, notching an impressive tally of 11 frees in total.

Scorers -- Clare: D McMahon 2-2; J Conlon 2-1, N O'Connell 1-4; S Collins 0-3, D Honan 0-3, J Clancy 0-3, C McGrath 0-3; C Morey 1-0; C Ryan 0-2, F Lynch 0-1, J McInerney 0-1. Kerry: D O'Connell 0-11f; J Egan 1-1; S Nolan 0-3; M Conway 0-1, R Kenny 0-1, C Harris 0-1.

Clare -- D Tuohy; P Vaugnan C Cooney, D O'Donovan; B Bugler, J

McInerney, C Dillon; N O'Connell, S Collins; J Conlon, F Lynch, J Clancy; C Ryan, D McMahon, C McGrath. Subs: Honan for Ryan (inj), P Donlon for McInerney, C McInerney for McMahon, C Morey for Lynch, L Markham for O'Connell.

Kerry -- B Rochford; E Fitzgerald, T Murnane, C Harris; P O'Grady, M Conway, A Royle; P Costello, D Dineen; S Nolan, L Boyle, D Wallace; D O'Connell, R Kenny, J Egan. Subs: J Casey for Royle, T Moloney for Wallace, J Flaherty for Kenny, D Fitzell for Costello.

Referee -- P Green, Galway.

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