Tony Kelly Inspires Clare to Victory Over Dublin in NHL Clash


A massively high scoring game saw Dublin fall to Clare in yesterday’s NHL Round 4 Clash at Parnell Park

Dublin Senior Hurlers - Eoghan O'Donnell

Dublin 2-23
Clare 0-34

Tony Kelly’s return to the Clare hurling panel was more inspired than any Dublin hurling supporter will care to admitas the dust settles on yesterday’s Allianz NHL duel in Parnell Park.

Mattie Kenny’s side faded in the third quarter in a scintilating game of small ball in Donnycarney with both sides epxeriencing purple patches over the 70 plus minutes. But it was Clare who picked up their second win, with Dublin suffering their second defeat. And they leave it all to do against Wexford next weekend.

After suffering a dead leg in Clare’s game against Wexford, Ballyea’s Tony Kelly hit the lights out with a haul of 20 points, 16 from frees, to ive the Banner Men a vital victory.

Dublin saw out the game with 14 men, losing Eoghan O’Donnell to a second yellow card seven minutes from time. It was a sucker punch for the Dubs as O’Donnell had been prolific thoughout.

At the first half water break both sides had registered 0-06. But Clare quickly moved three ahead thansk to Aaron Shanagher, Kelly and Shane O’Donnell. And they were five ahead on 25 minutes before Dublin hit 2-03 at the end of the half.

After points from Donal Burke and Mark Schutte, Ronan Hayes raised Dublin’s first green flag. Hayes followed up with a point to put Dublin 1-10 to 0-12 ahead. And Cian Boland struck goal approacing half time to give the home side a lead of 2-10 to 0-13. But before the break Kelly hit points either side of a Donal Burke score to end the session on a 2-11 to 0-15 scoreline.

Dublin’s workrate caused Clare problems before they push on

The Dubs started the second half like they finished the first. Boland, Burke, Danny Sutcliffe and Chris Crummey. But five minutes in the sides were level again and Clare took a hold of the proceedings. They punished Dublin with Kelly sending over free after free, only shooting one wide dead ball all afternoon.

David Fitzgerald’s introduction after the second water break lent further punch to Clare and he reeled off two points while sub David Reidy also got on the scoresheet.

Scorers for Dublin:

Donal Burke 0-13 (8f)
Ronan Hayes 1-02
Cian Boland 1-01
Chris Crummey 0-02
Danny Sutcliffe 0-02
Mark Schutte 0-01
Eamonn Dillon0-01
Daire Grey 0-01

Scores for Clare:

Tony Kelly 0-20 (15f, 1 ’65)
Aidan McCarthy 0-04
Mark Rodgers 0-02
Shane O’Donnell 0-02
David Fitzgerald 0-02
Diarmuid Ryan 0-01
Cathal Malone 0-01
Aron Shanagher 0-01


1. Alan Nolan
4. Cian O’Callaghan
3. Eoghan O’Donnell
2. Andrew Dunphy
5. Paddy Smyth
6. Conor Burke
7. Daire Gray
11. Chris Crummey
9. James Madden
10. Danny Sutcliffe
14. Ronan Hayes
12. Mark Schutte
15. Eamonn Dillon
13. Cian Boland
8. Donal Burke

Dublin Substitutes:

20. Rian McBride for Smyth (49)
24. John Hetherton for Schutte (53)
22. Davy Keogh for Boland (60)
21. Fergal Whitely for Sutcliffe (70)
26. Paul Crummey for Dillon (70)


1. Eibhear Quilligan
2. Rory Hayes
3. Conor Cleary
4. Aaron Fitzgerald
5. Diarmuid Ryan
6. John Conlon
18. Paidi Fitzpatrick
21. Colm Galvin
8 Cathal Malone
7. Aidan McCarthy
23. Tony Kelly
15.  Shane O’Donnell
14. Aron Shanagher
11. Ian Galvin
23. Mark Rodgers

Clare Substitutes

10. David Reidy for Galvin (47)
9. David Fitzgerald for Fitzpatrick (53)
26. Stiofan McMahon for Rodgers (62)
24. David McInerney for Galvin (67)