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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17

Galway defeated Clare by 2-17 to 0-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 24th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare fail to get past Galway

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17

Galway’s first-half dominance was the making of this quarter-final win as they sealed a second successive All-Ireland semi-final date with Tipperary. Joe Canning was flawless from eight placed balls and his goal within seconds of the resumption of play gave Galway a foothold they never looked like losing against a Clare side that rarely threatened Colm Callanan’s goal.

The closest Clare got was four points on the hour mark but scores from Cathal Mannion and Canning gave Galway the necessary cushion to see out the win as the team then exchanged a brace of scores. John Conlon and Tony Kelly had half-goal chances in the dying stages but Galway coped admirably.

The resilience of Daithí Burke, Aidan Harte and Johnny Hanbury played such an integral part in this Galway victory as they protected the parallelogram with zeal. Their work was evident in the half-time lead, curbing Clare to six points as opposed to their side’s 1-10 tally.

Clare opened the first-half scoring when Kelly punished a foul on Aaron Shanagher but wind-assisted Galway settled quickest with the next three points. Joseph Cooney’s first point, Galway’s second, came as a result of Galway forcing Clare to go long on their puck-out, a constant problem for Clare in the opening half.

Clare were back on level terms by the 10th minute but a Canning free was followed by Conor Cooney’s goal, beating Andrew Fahy on his near side after Canning had found him from Galway gathering another Clare puck-out.

Kelly may have had 1-1 in the space of two minutes but for missing an easy free then being brilliantly hooked as he was about to unload on Callanan’s net from close range.

Let off, Galway fired over another from David Burke, which pushed them into a six-point lead. A Kelly free ended 13 minutes without a Clare score but Canning flew over the next three points, all from placed balls. Some skill from Kelly provided him with his first point from play in injury time but Clare had it all to do eight points down.

Scorers for Galway: J. Canning (1-8, 0-6 frees, 2 65s); C. Cooney (1-0); J. Cooney, David Burke (0-2 each); J. Coen, P. Mannion, C. Donnellan, C. Mannion, A. Harte (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: T. Kelly (0-7, 6 frees); C. Galvin (0-5); C. McGrath, C. Ryan (frees) (0-2 each); D. McInerney (0-1).

GALWAY: C. Callanan; Daithí Burke, J. Hanbury; A. Harte; A. Tuohy, P. Mannion, G. McInerney; J. Coen, David Burke (c); J. Flynn, J. Canning, C. Cooney; C. Mannion, J. Cooney, C. Whelan
Subs for Galway: C. Donnellan for C. Cooney (47); D. Glennon for J. Flynn (53); F. Moore for J. Coen (60); A. Smith for C. Whelan (67); S. Maloney for J. Cooney (70+3).

CLARE: A. Fahy; O. O’Brien, D. McInerney, P. O’Connor; C. Dillon (jc); B. Bugler, C. Cleary, J. Browne; C. Galvin, D. Reidy; J. Conlon, T. Kelly (jc), P. Collins; S. O’Donnell, A. Shanagher
Subs for Clare: D. Fitzgerald for B. Bugler (41); C. McGrath for P. Collins (49); A. Cunningham for A. Shanagher (52); C. Ryan for D. Reidy (54).

Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly)

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Team News

The counties have clashed 14 times in the championship with Clare holding a 9-4 lead while there was one draw. It will be the fifth All-Ireland quarter-final clash between them, with Clare winning in 2013-2002-1999 while the sides also drew in 1999.

The last championship clash between the counties was in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, which Clare won by 1-23 to 2-14 in Ennis. Their last competitive clash was in the 2015 Allianz League when Galway won by 2-15 to 1-17 in Pearse Stadium.

Galway are bidding to reach the All-Ireland semi-finals for a second successive year while Clare were last there in 2013.

Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Clare 5-32 Laois 0-12 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 1)
Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Galway 3-27 Westmeath 0-19 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 2-19 Offaly 2-9 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)

CLARE 1-23 GALWAY 2-14 (2013 All-Ireland quarter-final)
Clare: Patrick Kelly; Domhnaill O’Donovan, Cian Dillon, David McInerney; Brendan Bugler, Patrick Donnellan, Patrick O’Connor; Colm Galvin, Colin Ryan; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Conor Ryan; Conor McGrath, Darach Honan, Podge Collins.
Subs: Fergal Lynch for Conlon; Nicky O’Connell for Kelly; Shane O’Donnell for Honan; Cathal McInerney for McGrath; Seadna Morey for Galvin.
Galway: Colm Callanan; Kevin Hynes, Fergal Moore, Jason Grealish; Johnny Coen, David Collins, Shane Kavanagh; Aidan Harte, Andy Smith; David Burke, Jonathon Glynn, Conor Cooney; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Damien Hayes.
Subs: Joseph Cooney for Coen, Davy Glennon for Cooney, Iarla Tannian for Smith, Cyril Donnellan for Niall Burke, Niall Healy for Harte.

2013: Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2011: Galway 4-25 Clare 0-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2009: Galway 2-18 Clare 1-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2007: Clare 2-10 Galway 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2003: Galway 1-15 Clare 2-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Replay
1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Draw
1995: Clare 3-12 Galway 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1967: Clare 4-12 Galway 1-11 (Munster semi-final)
1965: Clare 4-8 Galway 3-10 (Munster quarter-final)
1961: Galway 2-13 Clare 0-7 (Munster quarter-final)
1932: Clare 9-4 Galway 4-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1915: Clare 2-1 Galway 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2013: Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14
2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17
2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16
2006: Clare 1-27 Wexford 1-15
2005: Clare 1-20 Wexford 0-12
2004: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9 (Replay)
2004: Kilkenny 1-13 Clare 1-13 (Draw)
2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17
1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (Replay)
1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (Draw)
Played 10; Won 5, Drew 2, Lost 3

2015: Galway 2-28 Cork 0-22
2013: Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14
2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13
2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16
2009: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18
2007: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 1-18
2006: Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 3-14
2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18
2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17
2001: Galway 4-23 Derry 1-11
2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15
1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (Replay)
1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (Draw)
1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10
1997*: Kilkenny 4-15 Galway 3-16
1996: Galway 4-22 New York 0-8
1994: Galway 2-21 Roscommon 2-6
1992: Galway 4-19 Carlow 3-9
1990: Galway 1-23 London 2-11
1988: Galway 4-30 London 2-8
1986: Galway 4-24 Kerry 1-3
1984: Galway 2-17 Westmeath 2-8
1983: Galway 3-22 Antrim 2-5
1982: Galway 6-19 Antrim 3-12
1981: Galway 6-23 Antrim 3-11
1980: Galway 5-15 Kildare 1-11
1979: Galway 1-23 Laois 3-10
1978: Galway 4-19 Antrim 3-10
1976: Galway 3-12 Kerry 3-9
1975: Galway 6-14 Westmeath 1-8
1974: Galway 3-13 London 0-6
1973: London 4-7 Galway 3-5
1972: Galway 7-16 Antrim 4-7
1971: Galway 7-24 Antrim 1-8
Played 34, Won 22, Lost 11, Drew 1.
*Beaten Leinster and Munster finalists admitted to All-Ireland quarter-finals for the first time.