Today’s result sees Clare through to this year’s National Hurling League Division 1 Semi Finals

Clare beat Dublin today to advance to the League knockouts

Clare 0-27
Dublin 1-15

The Clare Hurlers became the first team to qualify for this year’s Hurling League knockout stages. And as they saw off the challenge of Dublin to remain unbeaten, they advance automatically to the last four of the competition.

Dublin to their credit put in a spirited performance, particularly in the first half. But It was Clare who found the extra gear to Dominate the second half and secure their fourth league win from five.

The men from the Banner County led by six points twice in the first half, and were up by 0-11 to 0-05 with 27 minutes gone. But Dublin would claw back that deficit. Well taken scores from Paul Crummey and Donal Burke started the comeback. Eamonn Dillon despatched an unstoppable shot to raise a green flag with two minutes of normal time to go. And in added time Burke hit his sixth to bring the sides level at the break on 0-11 to 1-08

Unfortunately for Mattie Kenny’s men Clare would return revitalised and hit seven of the first eight scores, putting themselves in pole position and comfortable. At that point they were 0-18 to 1-09 clear. Dublin did attempt to mount a comeback. Daire Gray, Burke and Ronan Hayes were all on target but it only reduced the gap to five scores.

Clare dug deep and stopped Dublin’s purple patch with scores from Gavin Cooney, David Reidy, Tony Kelly (three frees) to finish out the game. Donal Burke clawed one back for Dublin but the work had already been done by Clare to secure the victory.

Scorers for Clare:

Tony Kelly 0-12 (10f, 1 ’65)
David McInerney 0-04
Shane O’Donnell 0-03
Domhnall McMahon 0-02
David Reidy 0-02
Diarmuid Ryan 0-01
Aron Shanagher 0-01
John Conlon 0-01
Gary Cooney 0-01

Scorers for Dublin:

Donal Burke 0-10 (6f)
Eamon Dillon 1-00)
Paul Crummey 0-02
Jake Malone 0-01
Daire Gray 0-01
Ronan Hayes 0-01

Clare:

1. Eibhear Quilligan
2. Liam Corry
3. Conor Cleary
4. Jack Browne
5. Cathal Malone
6. Patrick O’Connor
7. Paidi Fitzpatrick
8. David McInerney
9. Tony Kelly
10. David Reidy
11. Domhnall McMahon
12. Diarmuid Ryan
13. Ryan Taylor
14. John Conlon
15. Shane O’Donnell

Clare Substitutes:

17. Aron Shanagher for Cunningham (43)
19. Gary Cooney for Taylor (58)
20. Kevin Hehir for McMahon (63)
21. Podge Collins for O’Donnell (65)
22. Rory Hayes for Fitzpatrick (69)

Dublin:

1. Alan Nolan
2. Paddy Smyth
3. Eoghan O’Donnell
4. Andrew Dunphy
5. Sean Moran
6. Daire Gray
19. Paul Crummey
8. Riain McBride
9. Jake Malone
23. Danny Sutcliffe
11. Donal Burke
12. David Keogh
20. Fiontán McGibb
14. Ronan Hayes
15. Mark Schutte

Dublin Substitutes:

21. Eamon Dillon for Moran (26)
17. Alex O’Neill for Dunphy (50)
13. Paul Ryan for Sutcliffe (54)
10. John Hetherton for Schutte (60)
22. Liam Rushe for McBride (65)