Fitzger­ald’s ten­ure has Clare back on song

Clare Wex­ford 3-16 0-18

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - National Hurling League Gaelic Games -

CLARE RECORDED a sev­en­point win over Wex­ford at Cu­sack Park, En­nis, yes­ter­day and as a re­sult made it through to the Di­vi­sion 1B final, with one game to spare.

Since Davy Fitzger­ald took over as team boss of his na­tive county this sea­son, his charges have won four league game from four and will try to keep their un­beaten run go­ing when they face Of­faly away, next week­end.

The home-side raced into a 0-5 to no score lead by the eighth minute and at the end of the open­ing half the score­board read 2-8 to 0-9 in their favour.

John Con­lon pro­duced the game’s open­ing goal in the 20th minute when he came in from the right wing and shot past goal­keeper Niall Breen at his near post. Seán Collins added an­other be­fore the break af­ter he was fed a sweet pass by Conor Mcgrath.

Mcgrath him­self grabbed Clare’s third three-pointer, six min­utes into the sec­ond-half, as Wex­ford strug­gled to re­main afloat. To add in­sult to in­jury, they had to play most of the half with only 14 as Matthew O’han­lon was dis­missed for two yel­low cards.

Clare had some fines scores over the 70 min­utes from the likes of Mcgrath and Con­lon and mid­fielder Nicky O’con­nell was not found want­ing ei­ther, con­tribut­ing three valu­able points.

The win­ning side also ben­e­fited from a su­perb per­for­mance in de­fence by wing back Bren­dan Bu­gler, while young­ster Séadna Morey put in a tigerish dis­play to en­hance his chances of gain­ing a per­ma­nent slot on the team. CLARE: P Kelly; E Glynn, C Dil­lon, C Cooney; B Bu­gler, J Mcin­er­ney, S Morey; N O’con­nell (0-3, one free), P Don­nel­lan (capt); J Clancy, S Collins (1-1), F Lynch (0-1); C Ryan, J Con­lon (1-2), C Mcgrath (1-7, four frees). Subs: C Mcin­er­ney for Lynch (inj, half-time), L Markham (0-2) for Glynn (51 mins), A Cun­ning­ham for Ryan (53 mins), C Galvin for Don­nel­lan (67 mins). WEX­FORD: N Breen; J Tonks, M O’han­lon, K Ros­siter (capt); D Red­mond, D Stamp, C Kenny; E Quigley, PJ Nolan; J Guiney (0-12, 10 frees, one 65), J Leacy, H Ke­hoe (0-2, free); R Ja­cob, S Banville, D O’ke­effe (0-1) . Subs: D Lyng (0-1) for Banville (half-time), R Ke­hoe (0-1) for Kenny (51 mins), P Mor­ris for Nolan (54 mins), B Kenny for Tonks (54 mins), J Berry (0-1) for H Ke­hoe (65 mins). Ref­eree: A Kelly (Gal­way).

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