Clare comfortably see off Dublin

February 26, 2005

Tommy Carmody swings hurl
The Banner made it two NHL wins from as many starts when a strong second half performance was enough to overcome Dublin at Parnell Park. Clare 2-19 Dublin 0-14 After being pushed to the pin of their collar by Laois seven days ago, Anthony Daly's men were keen to put in a better performance over the 70 minutes and they certainly managed to achieve that. Dublin's only threat came from the accuracy of free taker David Curtin, with the no. 10 hitting nine points during the game. Tony Carmody's goal after 15 minutes helped Clare into a healthy advantage, but with Curtin in fine form from placed balls, Dublin started to haul back the visitor's advantage. Two late scores in the half from Emmett Carroll meant that there were only four points in the game at the break, with Clare leading by 1-9 to 0-8. Three minutes into the second half Clare got a second goal that seemed to deflate Dublin. Diarmuid McMahon was on hand to finish past Gary Maguire. The Banner points started to flow with Colin Lynch, Carmody and Tony Griffin on the mark as the visitors were eleven points clear, 2-14 to 0-9, entering the final quarter. The sides shared ten points in the final period of the game as Clare ran out easy winners. Clare - D Fitzgerald; C Harrison, C Plunkett, B O'Connell; D Hoey, S McMahon, A Markham; D McMahon 1-0, G Quinn 0-1; C Lynch 0-2, D O'Rourke, F Lohan; N Gilligan 0-4, T Griffin 0-5, T Carmody 1-6. Subs - C Forde for Hoey, J Clancy for Gilligan, K Kennedy for Harrison, B Quinn for Plunkett (Yellow Card), A Quinn 0-1 for G Quinn. Dublin - G Maguire; G O'Meara, T Russell, S O'Shea; C Meehan, R Fallon, M Carton; T Sweeney, R Brennan; D Curtin 0-9, K Elliott 0-1, E Moran; E Carroll 0-2, S Hiney 0-1, J Kingston. Subs - M Breathnach for Russell, P Bergin for O'Shea, G Bennett 0-1 for Sweeney, T McGrane for R Brennan.


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