Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 2-14 London 0-8

Clare eye promotion after easing past Exiles

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare 2-14 London 0-8

Clare kept their promotion hopes alive with a comfortable win at Cusack Park yesterday – and a win over Limerick in the final round next Sunday should ensure a place in Division 3 for next season. London looked the better side in the early stages and were two points to the good by the fifth minute. A further four minutes had elapsed before Clare opened their account when a good move ended with David Tubridy providing the pass for Rory Donnelly to fist home a goal.

By the 15th minute Clare were three points clear after Tubridy (2) and Donnelly had added points, and a goal was still the difference 10 minutes later after both sides had added two points. By now the Clare attack was putting some good moves together and they added two excellent points from Tubridy before Gary Brennan finished off an excellent move with the home side’s second goal. A point from captain Brennan inside the first minute of the second half made Clare’s determination to win clear and the Banner were always in control from there on.

Scorers – Clare: D Tubridy 0-7, G Brennan, R Donnelly 1-1 each, M McCarthy 0-2, S McGrath, G Quinlan, J keane 0-1 each. London: L Colfer, L Mulvey 0-2 each, C Magee, C McCallion, E O’Neill, G Mitchell 0-1 each.

Clare: Joe Hayes; C Dixon, S McNeilis, E Coughlan; D Callinan, G Kelly, John Hayes; G Brennan, C O’Connor; A Clohessy, S McGrath C Dunning; M McCarthy, R Donnelly, D Tubridy. Subs: I McInerney for Clohessy, J Keane for McGrath, K Malone for Donnelly, G Quinlan for O’Connor, F Hayes for Dunning

London: D Traynor; K Lynham, S Mulligan, D McGreevy; S Hannon, E McConvile, T Gaughan; G Donnelly, C Doyle; L Mulvey, L Colfer, C McCallion; P McGoldrick, M Gottsche, C Magee. Subs: G Magee for D McGreevy, E O’Neill for P McGoldrick, G Mitchell for Colfer, M Callery for Doyle, G Carr for McConville

Referee: J Hickey (Carlow)