All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 2B Qualifier
Clare 4-26 Carlow 2-13
at Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
Clare produce a very convincing display to advance to the last 14 of the All-Ireland Championship on Sunday. A brace of goals in either half capped off a very comfortable opener for the Banner in the All-Ireland series and while they won’t get too carried away with victory, Clare relished this scorefest.
Clare were always in control dominating in all sectors to ease to a 2-15 to 1-06 half-time lead. Despite having up to 12 players in their own half at times, the home side were unable to get on the ball, with Clare even winning 15 of Carlow’s 22 kick-outs and punishing with nearly all of them.
Clare commanded control from the outset with six of the top eight getting on the scoresheet by the 21st minute to ease to a 0-9 to 0-3 advantage. Midfielders Gary Brennan and Shane McGrath were allowed to push forward at will, David Tubridy provided a perfect target at full-forward while the roaming Enda Coughlan imposed himself well throughout.
A 23rd minute goal from Ciaran Moran did come against the run of play to cut the deficit to just two at 0-9 to 1-4 but Clare replied positively with goals from Rory Donnelly and Shane Brennan while his brother Gary would also see a penalty excellently tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Andy O’Brien as the visitors eased to a 12 point interval advantage.
A third goal from dual star Podge Collins on the resumption quashed any potential revolt and from there it was a matter of how big the winning margin would be as substitutes Eoin Cleary (0-4) and Podge McMahon (1-2) made telling contributions to ensure that there would ten scorers overall in a comprehensive victory.
Monday’s draw will definitely throw up a much tougher test, Clare won’t be short of confidence heading into next weekend’s round 3 qualifier.
Clare Joe Hayes (Lissycasey); Shane Hickey (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Kevin Hartnett (Meelick), Martin McMahon (Kilmurry Ibrickane); Jamie Malone (Corofin), Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown), Ciarán Russell (Éire Óg); Gary Brennan (Clondegad) (0-4, 1f 1Pen), Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis, Dublin) (0-3); Sean Collins (Cratloe) (0-2), Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane) (0-3), Pádraic Collins (Cratloe) (1-0); Shane Brennan (Clondegad) (1-1), David Tubridy (Doonbeg) (0-4 1f), Rory Donnelly (Cooraclare) (1-3)
Subs Dean Ryan (Éire Óg) for Hickey (15 mins, inj), Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen) for McGrath (42 mins), Podge McMahon (Clondegad) (1-2) for Tubridy (42 mins), Eoin Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown) (0-4) for Collins (49 mins), Shane McNelis (Kildysart) for Russell (55 mins), Pierce DeLoughrey (Cratloe) for Hayes (60 mins)
Carlow Andy O’Brien (Naomh Eoin); Barry-John Molloy (Rathvilly), Conor Lawlor (Palatine), Richard Mahon (Éire Óg); Kieran Nolan (Fighting Cocks), Daniel St Ledger (Kildavin/Clonegal) (0-2), Benny Kavanagh (Éíre Óg) (0-1); Eoghan Ruth (Éire Óg) (0-1), High Gahan (Old Leighlin); David Bambrick (Old Leighlin) (1-0), Ciarán Moran (Palatine) (1-1), Michael Meaney (Old Leighlin) (0-1); Cathal Coughlan (Old Leighlin) (0-2 1f), Darragh Foley (Kilbride), Seamus Kinsella (Old Leighlin) (0-1f)
Subs Graham Power (O’Hanrahan’s) for Lawlor (31 mins), Murtagh Ware (Éire Óg) (0-1) for Kilbride (32 mins), Paul Broderick (Tinryland) (0-2 1f) for Kinsella (HT), Willie Minchin (Old Leighlin) (0-1f) for Meaney (45 mins), Jordan Lowry (Éire Óg) for Nolan (59 mins)
Referee Marty Duffy (Sligo)