NHL 2: Banner find their stride

27 March 2011

Clare's Nicky O'Connell
Clare 6-23
Kerry 1-18

Clare appear to be hitting form at just the right time for their promotion bid after another emphatic victory in Division 2 on Saturday evening.

The Banner put 5-22 past Down last time out, and they improved upon that with a relentless victory over Munster rivals Kerry at Cusack Park, Ennis.

If there is one slightly disappointing aspect for 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin and his management team, it will be that they conceded 1-18 to the Kingdom, and they will know that such defensive latitude will be mercilessly punished in the anticipated Division 2 final - and, more importantly, promotion play-off - against Limerick.

Clare had 4-15 on the board at half-time following a merciless first 35 minutes, with John Conlon finding the net twice and Nicky O'Connell (pictured) and Diarmuid McMahon also on target.

The score was up to 5-18 by the 40th minute following a second McMahon goal before Clare eased off considerably in the final half hour.

Camin Morey hit a sixth goal before the finish, while Kerry freetaker Darragh O'Connell converted a series of frees to bolster his side's total.

Clare: D Tuohy; P Vaugnan C Cooney, D O'Donovan; B Bugler, J McInerney (0-1), C Dillon; N O'Connell (1-4), S Collins (0-3); J Conlon (2-1), F Lynch (0-1), J Clancy (0-3); C Ryan (0-2), D McMahon (2-2), C McGrath (0-3). Subs: D Honan (0-3) for Ryan, P Donlon for McInerney, C McInerney for McMahon, C Morey (1-0) for Lynch, L Markham for O'Connell.

Kerry: B Rochford; E Fitzgerald, T Murnane, C Harris (0-1); P O'Grady, M Conway (0-1), A Royle; P Costello, D Dineen; S Nolan (0-3), L Boyle, D Wallace; D O'Connell (0-11, all frees), R Kenny (0-1), J Egan (1-1). Subs: J Casey for Royle, T Moloney for Wallace, J Flaherty for Kenny, D Fitzell for Costello.

Referee: P Green (Galway).