Saturday 16 December 2017

Mick O'Dwyer steps down after Laois blow Clare away

Clare manager Mick O'Dwyer during the game today
Clare manager Mick O'Dwyer during the game today
John O'Loughlin celebrates after scoring his side's first goal

A glorious managerial career that started with his native Kerry in 1975 looks to have come to an end as Mick O'Dwyer stepped down as Clare boss.

Laois produced a huge second half performance to blow Mick O'Dwyer's Clare out of the 2013 Championship in a 3-17 to 0-10 win in Ennis.

O'Dwyer who managed Kerry, Kildare, Laois, Wicklow and Clare confirmed he will not be seeking a second year as Banner manager.

“I took this on for one year only and that has ended now,” said O'Dwyer. “It was a difficult way to finish up, but the lads did their best against a very good side,” said the 77-year-old.

It remains to be seen of O'Dwyer can be coaxed back into management for a 39th year, but after a glittering career that saw him win eight All-Ireland titles with Kerry as well as three Leinster titles with Laois and Kildare, he is unlikely to return.

Clare began very well with Rory Donnelly and David Tubridy finding their range quickly.

They led 0-6 to 0-2 midway through the first half with Colm Begley and Darren Strong the Laois pointscorers.

After a succession of poor wides Laois finally began finding their range and John O'Loughlin burst through the heart of the Clare defence before blasting to the net.

Laois got the ideal start to the second half with two points before David Conway struck for their second goal.

Laois struck eight of the next nine points to take complete control and end Mick ODwyer's side's interest in the championship.

Clare did add another three points by the full-time whistle but Ross Munnelly struck for a late goal to secure a 16-point win.

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