NHL 2: Banner find their stride
27 March 2011
Clare's Nicky O'Connell
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).