Munster SHL: Banner bury Kerry

December 30, 2017

Clare's Shane O'Donnell celebrates his goal against Limerick ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Clare 4-20
Kerry 0-12

A new-look Clare side had minimal fuss in dismantling Kerry this afternoon at Limerick IT to book a first round win in the Munster senior hurling league.

The Banner men scored their largest margin win under joint manager Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor as first-half goals from David Reidy, Cathal O'Connell and Shane O'Donnell had the Kingdom dead in the water by half-time, trailing 3-11 to 0-5.

Reidy's goal came inside three minutes and in the latter stages of the first-half O'Connell and O'Donnell would keep the green flag umpire's arm busy as Clare went in with a 15-point advantage.

Bobby Duggan netted the victors' fourth goal after coming on as a substitute at the start of the second-half and come the final quarter they'd be leading by 4-17 to 0-6.

Kerry finished out the game well with Shane Nolan scoring four of their last five points but they were outmatched here.

Next up for Clare is a battle with Cork on home turf next Sunday while Kerry will travel to take on Limerick.

Clare - D Tuohy; J Browne, C Cleary, R Hayes; M O'Malley, D McInerney, D Ryan; D Reidy (1-3), R Taylor (0-2); J Conlon (0-1), C Malone (0-1), N Deasy (0-5, 1f); G Cooney, S O'Donnell (1-1), C O'Connell (1-1). Subs: B Duggan (1-1) for C O'Connell, D Corry (0-2) for S O'Donnell, C Guilfoyle (0-3) for J Conlon, M O'Neill for C Malone, O O'Brien for D Ryan.

Kerry - M Stackpoole; J Conway, S Weir, N O'Mahony; D Fitzell, B O'Leary, J Diggins; S Nolan (0-7, 5f, 1'65), D Griffin (0-2); J Goulding, D Collins (0-2, 1f), C Harty; P Boyle (0-1), B Barrett, S Conway. Subs: P Lucid for C Harty, M O'Connor for J Goulding, D Carroll for S Conway, J Buckley for J Diggins, E Murphy for P Boyle.

Referee - J Murphy.

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