McGrath Cup Football – Limerick 2-13 Clare 2-9

Limerick defeated Clare by 2-13 to 2-9 in Round 2 of the McGrath Cup Football competition on Wednesday January 11th at Rhebogue (St. Patrick’s GAA Club), Limerick.


Limerick get Billy Lee off to a winning start

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 2-13 Clare 2-9: Billy Lee enjoyed a winning start to his reign as Limerick senior football manager with a strong second-half showing helping his side to a McGrath Cup win over Clare.

Limerick now travel to Lemybrien on Sunday in the knowledge that victory will see them into the McGrath Cup final. A Darragh Treacy goal helped the home side to a 1-5 to 0-7 half time lead in St Patricks GAA grounds in Limerick city. Clare then went 21 minutes without a score at the start of the second-half and allowed Limerick to build a 2-7 to 0-7 lead. The second Limerick goal came from Seamus O’Carroll.

Cian O’Dea helped Clare back into contention with a stunning goal in the 23rd minute of the second-half but Limerick points from Sean McSweeney and Paul White maintained the lead. Eoin Cleary had Clare’s second goal in injury time.

Scorers for Limerick: S O’Carroll (1-4, 2f 1 45), S McSweeney (0-4, 3 f), D Treacy (1-0), D Neville (0-2), D Daly, P White, B Donovan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: K Sexton (0-6, 5f), E Cleary (1-2), C O’Dea 1-0, S McGrath 1-0.

LIMERICK: D O’Sullivan; D Daly J McCarthy, S O’Dea; P White, I Corbett, P Hannan; D Treacy, D Ward; P Nash, G Collins, D Neville; S McSweeney, S O’Carroll, J Lee.
Subs: P Quinn for Daly (41), J Naughton for Lee (45), B Fanning for Ward (48), G Noonan for Nash (51), C Fahy for Hannan (66).

CLARE: J Hayes; D Nagle, J Hayes, M McMahon; L Markham, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Brennan, S McGrath, D Bolton; E Cleary, K Sexton, G O’Brien
Subs: J Malone for Bolton (h-t), C Russell for Markham (h-t), S Malone for O’Brien (51), E Collins for Nagle (63), C Malone for S Brennan (66).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)


Team News

New Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee has named his team for his opening game of 2017. The management team of Billy Lee, Paudie Kissane, Brian Begley and Ricky Ronayne has released the following for Wednesday nights McGrath Cup against Clare at St Patrick’s at 7.30pm,

1. Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen), 2. Daniel Daly (Fr Caseys), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), 4. Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 5. Paul White (Rathkeale), 6. Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest) (Captain), 7. Paul Hannon (Newcastlewest), 8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), 9. David Ward (Fr Caseys), 10. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskernry), 11. Ger Collins (Monaleen), 12. Danny Neville (Ballysteen), 13. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans) 14. Seamus O Carroll (Cappagh) and 15. Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest)

THE Clare senior football team to play Limerick on Wednesday evening at St Patrick’s grounds at 7.30pm has been named. The team shows ten changes from that side that defeated Waterford on Sunday with Kilrush duo Darragh Bolton and Gearóid O’Brien making their first starts.

If Clare beat Limerick they will advance to their second successive McGrath Cup final. The starting 15 is as follows –

Clare: Joe Hayes; Darren Nagle, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Liam Markham, Gordon Kelly, Cian O’Dea; Gary Brennan and Cathal O’Connor; Shane Brennan, Shane McGrath, Darragh Bolton; Eoin Cleary, Keelan Sexton and Gearóid O’Brien.


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