Clare ease into action with 16-point thrashing of Carlow

New manager Brian Lohan fields experimental side but they start fast in Ennis

Carlow’s David English challenges Clare’s Shane O’Donnell. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Carlow’s David English challenges Clare’s Shane O’Donnell. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

 

Clare 1-27 Carlow 0-14

As expected Clare defeated Carlow in an opening game of the Allianz hurling league Division 1B, in front of a crowd of 2,283 at Cusack Park in Ennis on Sunday.

The home side’s new manager Brian Lohan fielded a somewhat experimental starting XV, with some of the more experienced players playing in unfamiliar positions. Nevertheless a 16-point victory was achieved to give Lohan and his backroom team a boost ahead of next weekend’s clash away to Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford.

Inside 90 seconds, Carlow had grabbed a 0-2 to 0-1 lead. But a Shane O’Donnell goal on two minutes put Clare ahead and they cantered on in a commanding manner until the finish.

Carlow did manage to draw level by the fifth but six unanswered Clare points in as many minutes exhibited the control they had on the game. Shane O’Donnell, Ian Galvin, Tony Kelly (twice), David Fitzgerald and the impressive David Reidy all raised white flags, while Carlow were largely depending on free-taker Martin Kavanagh to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Carlow’s Kevin McDonald looks dejected after his side’s defeat to Clare. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho
Carlow’s Kevin McDonald looks dejected after his side’s defeat to Clare. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

By half time Clare lead 1-12 to 0-9, with Carlow coughing up some scores to simple defensive handling errors. Fitzgerald, O’Donnell and Kelly fired over points on the resumption, extending the Banner’s tight grip on the game.

Over the course of the game ten of Clare’s starting XV got on the score -sheet. All the forwards, both midfielders and two of the half backs claimed scores, whereas Carlow could only muster six points from play all afternoon.

Tony Kelly, who started for Clare at midfield, was given the freedom to roam and he recorded 12 points - five from play - in a man-of-the-match performance.

New team captain John Conlan, though slow to shine early on, came into his own after half time, contributing three points and providing assists on a number of occasions.

Carlow wnow face the daunting task of welcoming Kilkenny to Dr Cullen Park next weekend and after Sunday’s display boss Colm Bonnar will have a mammoth task ahead of him.

Clare: D Tuohy; J Browne, C Cleary, E Quirke; S O’Halloran, P O’Connor (0-1); A McCarthy (0-2), D McInerney (0-1), T Kelly (0-12, seven frees); I Galvin (0-1), D Fitzgerald (0-2), D Reidy (0-1); S O’Donnell (1-2), J Conlan (0-3, one free), R Taylor (0-1). Subs: D McMahon (0-1) for Galvin (54 min), L Corry for Quirke (55), S Morey for Reidy (63), C Guilfoyle for O’Donnell (64), N Deasy for Fitzgerald (65).

Carlow: D Jordan; M Doyle, P Doyle, R Smithers; K McDonald, D English, D Byrne; R Coady (0-1), E Byrne; J M Nolan (0-2), M Kavanagh (0-8, seven frees), J Nolan; A Amond, P Coady, C Nolan (0-3, one free). Subs: S Whelan for D Byrne (HT), T Joyce for Amond (52 min), M Malone for P Coady (63), C Tracey for J M Nolan (65), J Kavanagh for M Kavanagh (injury, 70).

Referee: L Gordon (Galway).

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.