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2023 AIB Munster GAA Club Junior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – The Banner (Clare) 1-10 Tralee Parnells (Kerry) 0-10
The Banner (Clare) defeated Tralee Parnells (Kerry) by 1-10 to 0-10 in the AIB Munster GAA Club Junior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday November 4th at John Mitchels GAA Grounds Tralee.
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Report by Jordan Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Munster JHC quarter-final: Banner 1-10 Tralee Parnells 0-10
Clare senior Shane Meehan put on an exhibition, scoring 1-8 as Banner overcame the challenge of Kerry Intermediate Champions Tralee Parnells in the Munster Junior Hurling Championship quarter-final played at the John Mitchels Complex, Tralee.
For large parts of the game it remained a close encounter, Meehan’s influence however was huge and his conversion of a penalty six minutes into the second half proved the deciding score.
Parnells were making history in their first outing in the Munster Championship, not the fairytale result they would have liked, but they were competitive and never gave up.
The Clare champions might leave Tralee disappointed despite the result. At times they had a comfortable margin but failed to push on, instead squandering their advantage to leave a nervy finish at the Ballyseedy venue.
With a double-figure wide count for each side, the elements in John Mitchels certainly made life tricky, underfoot conditions saw both struggle at times to hold onto possession.
Parnells notched the opening score through a Gearoid O’Doherty free; by the quarter’s end however Meehan had the flag raised three times, after Oisín McMahon had leveled the tie moments earlier.
Banner started to take control, leading 0-4 to 0-1, but an accumulation of wides saw them unable to pull further ahead. In the final minutes of the half the contest sprung to life, Meehan covered a short free before Darragh Reen and Doherty left one between the teams at the interval, 0-5 to 0-4.
Na Gaeil footballer Reen levelled the contest minutes into the second half but Banner once again took control. Tomas Meenaghan and Meehan kick-starting an early purple patch. They increased their lead when Meehan was fouled inside the square by Luke Chester and the full forward was composed to send the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner past Mark Ryall.
The lead was out to five and the Clare champions looked comfortable, Parnells however were not throwing in the towel and two Doherty frees and another effort from Reen cut the gap to two (1-7 to 0-8) at the end of the third quarter.
Meehan was just different class throughout the contest and when Banner needed their talisman in the full forward line he delivered. Though he was well shackled only managing just one from play, he struck over a 65 and two further frees. Banner were ahead 1-10 to 0-8 approaching the hour mark.
But there was still time for some late drama, Oisín O’Brien and Na Gaeil footballer and Kerry senior hurler Morgan Madden added points in additional time to cut the gap to three. It turned into a nervy finish for Banner as the Tralee outfit worked hard to score a crucial late goal. But the Banner held on and they will now face Limerick opposition Feenagh/Killeedy in the semi-final in two weeks.
Scorers for Banner: S Meehan (1-8, 1-0 Pen, 0-6fs, 1’65), T Meenaghan and O McMahon (0-1 each)
Scorers for Tralee Parnells: G Doherty (0-5, all frees), D Reen (0-3), O O’Brien 1f) and M Madden (0-1 each)
BANNER: D Meehan; O Rynne, J McGrath, J Coakley; M McGrath, I Molloy, C Byrne; J Martin, T Meenaghan, S McMahon, N Walsh, F Hayes; O McMahon, S Meehan, D Toner.
Subs: E Walsh for Toner (47), B McDonald for Hayes (51), D Walsh for Martin (59)
TRALEE PARNELLS: M Ryall; T Reen, T Brick, M Madden; R O’Sullivan, L Barrett, Darragh Keane; D Reen, L Chester; C Litchfield, S Healy, E Sheehy; G O’Doherty, C Dunne, B Lonergan.
Subs: Daire Keane for Dunne (HT), D Moloney for Litchfield (43), O O’Brien for Healy (51), A Morrissey for O’Doherty (59)
Referee: S Scanlon (Cork)
Live Streaming Information
This game will be streamed live by Munster GAA TV at a cost of 10 euro.