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2021 Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Clare 2-20 Kerry 0-15

July 12, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Clare defeated Kerry by 2-20 to 0-15 in the Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Monday July 12th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Shane Punch and Diarmuid Cahill fire Clare to victory over Kerry

Report by Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster U20HC quarter-final: Kerry 0-15 Clare 2-20

Clare had their expected victory over Kerry at Austin Stack Park last night but Kerry had the encouragement of an improved second-half performance to narrow the gap to 11 points.

Kerry outscored Clare 0-10 to 0-5 in a second period where players like Colin Walsh, Dáire Nolan, Sean Sheehan, Tomás Ó hAiniféin, and substitute Darragh Reen were more than a match for their more vaunted opponents.

Clare were on top from the very outset winning all the physical battles and in Shane Punch and Diarmuid Cahill, the Clare full-forward line were too hot for an overworked Kerry defence.

Clare raced 0-9 to 0-3 in front by the first-half water break with Punch scoring five points, while the elusive Cahill was tormenting Kerry with two points. Conor Hegarty and William Halpin added one apiece.

Kerry, who fielded basically an U19 side, were trying hard with Kevin Goulding, Walsh, Mikey Clifford, and Nathan Guerin doing their best but only Dylan Moriarty with two points and a superb Guerin point could find the target.

Clare struck for two goals in the second quarter from Oisin O’Donnell, after Shane Punch set him up, and then Punch saw his free ending up in the net via the inside of the post.

It could have been worse for Kerry but for keeper Dara Quinlan who made three point-blank saves from Cahill, Punch, and Hegarty.

Clare led 2-15 to 0-5 at half time but Kerry resumed a transformed side and dominated for long periods with Walsh outstanding. Clare only added three points in the third quarter as Moriarty added three for Kerry.

Kerry won the final quarter 0-7 to 0-2 with Reen firing over two super points. While Kerry will take pride in that second-half effort, Clare have work to do if they want to advance in the championship.

Scorers for Kerry: D Moriarty (0-6, 5 frees); R Walsh (0-5, 3 frees); D Reen (0-2), C Walsh, N Guerin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: S Punch (1-8, 1-5 frees); D Cahill (0-7); O O’Donnell (1-1); A Mungovan, C O’Meara, W Halpin, C Hegarty (0-1 each).

KERRY: D Quinlan; M Clifford, S Sheehan, P O’Sullivan; D Nolan, K Goulding, L Barrett; D Slattery, T Ó hAiniféin; C Walsh, R Walsh, D Moriarty; N Guerin, M Kelliher, S Brosnan.
Subs: K O’Connor for O’Sullivan (33), D Reen for Brosnan (43), M Linehan for Moriarty (48), D O’Donoghue for Guerin (48), PJ Carroll for Kelliher (58).

CLARE: C Broderick; M Gough, D Healy, A Hogan; A Mungovan, Moriarty, D McMahon; P Donnellan, C O’Meara; O O’Donnell, W Halpin, J Kirwan; C Hegarty, S Punch, D Cahill.
Subs: K Keane for Kirwan (h-t), C Leen for McMahon (33), J Maguire for Halpin (43), I McNamara for O’Donnell (48), J Collins for Hogan (51).

Referee: P Carroll (Tipperary).

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Team News


There are 12 clubs represented in the starting 15 with Clare senior panellist Paddy Donnellan named as team Captain. Clonlara have three on the starting lineup whilst Clarecastle have two whilst Smith O Briens, Feakle, St Josephs Doora Barefield, Crusheen, Ruan, Inagh/Kilnamona, Tulla, Parteen, Broadford have one each.

1 Cian Broderick Clarecastle
2 Mike Gough Smith O Briens
3 Darragh Healy Clarecastle
4 Adam Hogan Feakle
5 Adam Mungovan St Josephs Doora/Barefield
6 Aidan Moriarty Clonlara
7 Dylan McMahon Clonlara
8 Paddy Donnellan Broadford (Captain)
9 Colm O Meara Clonlara
10 Oisin O Donnell Crusheen
11 William Halpin Tulla
12 Jack Kirwan Parteen
13 Connor Hegarty Inagh/Kilnamona
14 Shane Punch Ruan
15 Diarmuid Cahill Corofin
16 Aron Shanahan Tulla
17 Conor Leen Corofin
18 James Maguire Kilmaley
19 Ian Macnamara Killanena
20 Patrick Ryan Scariff
21 Kealan Guyler Inagh Kilnamona
22 Kevin Keane Corofin
23 Jarlath Collins Eire Og, Inis
24 Robin Mounsey Ruan

Extended Panel
Sean Wiley Bodyke
Cian Mulqueen Broadford
Adam Breen Sixmilebridge
David Touhy Clarecastle
Jack Enright Newmarket
Liam Murphy Wolfe Tones
Killian O Connor Corofin
Tadgh Dean Crusheen
Cian Galvin Clarecastle
Shane Meehan The Banner
Mark Rodgers Scariff

Sean Doyle Manager
Evan Kilroy coach
Val Murnane coach
Jim McInerney
Niall Gilligan
Ger Rodgers
Jamie Fitzgibbon
Shane O Connell Physio
Darragh O Rourke Kit man
Padraig Boland Stats


July 12, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Austin Stack Park Tralee
Tralee, Ireland

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