Oscar Traynor Trophy 2016/17

Play-Off Games
Kerry v Dublin AUL
Roscommon v Cavan Monaghan

Quarter-Final Draw
Limerick v Carlow
Wexford v Kerry or Dublin AUL
Inishowen v Roscommon or Cavan Monaghan
Clare v Leinster Senior League

Oscar Traynor Trophy 2016/17
Group A
1st Wexford
2nd Dublin AUL

Group B
1st Leinster Senior League
2nd Carlow

Group C
1st Limerick
2nd Kerry

Group D
1st Inishowen
2nd Cavan Monaghan

Group E
1st Clare
2nd Roscommon

5 group winners into quarter-finals. One group runner up gets a bye and other 4 play-off for last 2 quarter-final places.


Congrats to Stephen Kelly on getting nominated for Ireland Junior International Player of the Year

Oscar Traynor Trophy Group E
Clare 1-1 Roscommon

Clare are through to the quarter-finals of the Oscar Traynor Trophy after coming from a goal down to earn a draw with a good Roscommon side at Frank Healy Park on Sunday. This result earned Clare top spot in Group E while Roscommon also qualified for the knockout stages as runners up.

Clare started well and Eoin Hayes was denied by a great save from Noel Fallon inside the first minute. Conor Mullen had to be sharp on 4 minutes with a good tackle in the box to prevent Peter Farrell getting a shot on goal. Barry Ryan made a good save on 5 minutes after Ronan Curran got inside Kaylan O'Loughlin. Good play from David McCarthy on 16 minutes created a chance for Hayes but his effort was blocked by Des Hope. McCarthy went close with an effort that narrowly missed the target on 17 minutes. Fallon did well to save a Hayes shot on 18 minutes that took a big deflection. Niall Whelan did well to head clear from a Darragh Concannon free kick on 20 minutes. Barry Ryan denied Andy Nevin when he was through one on one after 23 minutes. Roscommon were on top and took the lead on 27 minutes when Peter Farrell headed on to Ronan Curran who finished well. It remained 1-0 to Roscommon at half time.

Good play from David McCarthy to Eoin Hayes on 48 minutes created a chance for Niall Whelan who narrowly missed the target with a header. A good run and cross from Ian Collins on 52 minutes was headed wide at the back post by Eoin Whelan. Andy Nevin went close for Roscommon on 65 minutes with a shot that narrowly missed the target. As Clare pushed forward in search of an equalizer Roscommon had two good to increase their lead but shots from Peter Farrell and Ethan Keogh were saved by Barry Ryan who was excellent throughout the 90 minutes. Clare brought on Tommy McKeown with 10 minutes left and within two minutes McKeown scored the all important equalizer. A header from Niall Whelan was parried by Fallon and McKeown pounced to finish the opportunity and earn Clare a share of the points. Overall Clare will be happy with the campaign so far having topped the group and continued an impressive unbeaten run since May 2015.

Clare: Barry Ryan (Avenue Utd), Colin Smyth (Avenue Utd), Eoin O'Brien (Newmarket Celtic), Conor Mullen (Avenue Utd), Kaylan O'Loughlin (Avenue Utd), Colin Ryan (Newmarket Celtic), Ian Collins (Newmarket Celtic), Niall Whelan (Tulla Utd), Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), David McCarthy (Newmarket Celtic), Eoin Whelan (Tulla Utd)

Subs: Brian Monaghan (Newmarket Celtic) for Collins (72), Tommy McKeown (Tulla Utd) for McCarthy (80)

Subs Not Used: Jamie Egan (Shannon Hibs), Steve Carroll (Newmarket Celtic), Aaron Rudd (Shannon Town), Dylan Casey (Avenue Utd), Arek Mamala (Coole FC)

Roscommon: Noel Fallon (Dysart), Garry Canavan (Dysart), Jack Higgins (Castlerea Celtic), Enda Kenny (Moore Utd), Joe Woods (Dysart), Dominic Bligh (Castlerea Celtic), Des Hope (Ballinasloe), Ronan Curran (Castlerea Celtic), Peter Farrell (Castlerea Celtic), Darragh Concannon (Moore United), Andy Nevin (Moore United)

Subs: Gregory Grogan (Ballymoe) for Jack Higgins (55), Ethan Keogh (Moore United) for Fennell (73), Alan Duffy (Moore United) for Curran (83), Andy Higgins (Dysart) for Neville (86)

Referee: Pa Gleeson
Asst Referees: Julian Sandford & Trevor White
4th Official: James Ferns



Oscar Traynor Trophy
Mayo 1-2 Clare

Defending champions Clare are through to the knockout stages of the Oscar Traynor Trophy after a good away victory over Mayo in Milebush Park, Castlebar on Sunday. Two goals from Irish Junior International star Eoin Hayes and a strong team performance throughout made it two wins from two games in Group E to ensure qualification before the final group game at home to Roscommon.

Clare started well and the first chance fell to Eoin Hayes on 15 minutes after getting on the end of a good through ball from Ian Collins but he was denied by a great save from Gary Cunningham. A good ball over the top from Eoin O'Brien on 20 minutes created another opening for the visitors but Cunnigham was sharp off his line to cut out the opening before Hayes could get his shot in. The deadlock was broken on 25 minutes and it was no surprise that Hayes pulled the trigger. Good work from Barry Ryan found Eoin O'Brien in space. O'Brien played a through ball to Hayes who rounded Cunningham and scored from a tight angle to give Clare a deserved lead. Collins went close for Clare on 29 minutes after a good run and shot that narrowly missed the target. Mayo finished the half strong and Conor Mullen and Stephen Kelly had to be sharp on 35 minutes to cut out chances for Liam Hughes and Cyril Guedge. Mayo got back in the game on 40 minutes when some sloppy defending at the back for Clare forced a foul on the edge of the box. The referee deemed it was just inside the area and Danny Brodrick made no mistake to level the match and sends the sides in level at the break.

Clare dominated throughout the second half and their pacy attack caused the Mayo defence a lot of problems. Hayes continued to be a threat and a good run and shot on 50 minutes was cut out by Killian McGlade with a last ditch challenge. Good play from Ian Collins created a great chance for David McCarthy on 53 minutes but his goal bound shot was stopped by the hand of a defender but the referee waved away the penalty claims of the visitors and the game continued. Another run and shot from Hayes on 60 minutes was brilliantly saved by Cunningham. Stephen Kelly was next to go close for Clare when he got on the end of a Niall Whelan cross but again Cunningham was in the right place to make the save. Good work down the right wing from Colin Smyth on 65 minutes created a great chance for Hayes but this time his his shot missed the target after he rounded Cunningham in the Mayo goal. On 73 minutes it was the Hayes show again. He picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and rounded three defenders before firing into the top corner from just inside the box to score a great goal. Against the run of play Mayo went very close to drawing level for a second time when a good run and shot from Liam Hughes was brilliantly saved by Barry Ryan and the rebound was put over the bar from Colm Nevin. David McCarthy went close for Clare from a free kick on 85 minutes with a shot that narrowly missed the target. Mayo tried hard in the closing stages but Clare defended well and saw out the six minutes of injury time to earn a deserved victory on the day.

Mayo: Gary Cunningham, Gary Concannon, Gerard O'Boyle, Killian McGlade, Brian McMorrow, Danny Brodrick, Finnian Brady, Colm Nevin, Liam Hughes, Cyril Guedge, Conor Henehan

Subs: Matt Ledbetter for Brady, Keelan McDonagh for Guedge, Stevie Ryan for Brodrick, Mark Davitt for McMorrow

Clare: Barry Ryan (Avenue Utd), Colin Smyth (Avenue Utd), Eoin O'Brien (Newmarket Celtic), Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic), Conor Mullen (Avenue Utd), Colin Ryan (Newmarket Celtic), Ian Collins (Newmarket Celtic), Niall Whelan (Tulla Utd), Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), David McCarthy (Newmarket Celtic), Eoin Whelan (Tulla Utd)

Subs: Jamie Egan (Shannon Hibs) for Eoin Whelan, Tino Nzvaura (Newmarket Celtic) for Niall Whelan, Tommy McKeown (Tulla Utd) for Collins, Steve Carroll (Newmarket Celtic) for Smyth (inj)

Subs Not Used: Colin Nelson (Tulla Utd), Michael Leigh (Sporting Ennistymon), Arek Mamala (Coole FC)


Oscar Traynor Trophy
Clare 2-1 Galway

Clare began their defence of the Oscar Traynor Trophy with a good victory over Galway at Frank Healy Park on Saturday evening. Just like previous meetings between the sides it was a very well contested match with the result in doubt right to the final whistle.

Galway started well and Stephen Kelly had to be sharp on 4 minutes to head clear a good delivery from Geoff Power. Moments later a great strike from 25 yards from Jason Molloy opened the scoring for the visitors. Clare responded well and David McCarthy scored the equalizer on 15 minutes with a great strike from a free kick on the edge of the box. Clare went in front on 35 minutes when Stephen Kelly broke up a Galway attack and made a powerful run forward before sending a through ball to Eoin Hayes down the left wing. Hayes got on the end of the delivery and ghosted past 3 defenders before firing an unstoppable shot to the back of the Galway net. Clare were well on top now and McCarthy went close again with a left foot strike that narrowly missed the target on 40 minutes after some nice footwork on the edge of the Galway box. It remained 2-1 to Clare at the break.

It was end to end stuff in the second half with Galway putting Clare under a lot pressure as they tried to get back in the game. Ronan Caldwell forced Barry Ryan into making a good save on 50 minutes with a well struck shot. Molloy went even closer for Galway on 64 minutes with a powerful shot from inside the box as Ryan kept Clare in front with a great save. A good run and cross from Eoin Whelan on 67 minutes was met by an Eoin Hayes header that narrowly missed the target. A strong run and shot from Colin Ryan on 69 minutes took a deflection and John Egan did well to make the save. Galway went close again from a Geoff Power free kick on 71 minutes as Ryan showed a safe paid of hands to hold the shot. Galway kept the pressure on and Ryan kept out an effort from Power again on 76 minutes after a mistake at the back created the opening. One last effort for Galway in injury time was ruled out for offside as Clare held on for the victory and the points.

Clare: Barry Ryan, Steve Carroll, Eoin Whelan, Conor Mullen, Stephen Kelly, Colin Ryan, Colin Smyth, Joe Collins, Eoin Hayes, David McCarthy, Ian Collins

Subs: Kaylan O'Loughlin for Carroll, Niall Whelan for Joe Collins (inj)

Galway: John Egan, Keith Greany, Gearoid Linnane, Ronan Greanny, Deck Cullen, Dave Coen, James Ryan, Barry McEntee, Ronan Caldwell, Geoff Power, Jason Molloy

Sub: Oscar Sinbandi for McEntee




FAI OSCAR TRAYNOR TROPHY KNOCK-OUT DRAW 2015/16
Play-Off Games
Kerry v Leinster Senior League
Donegal v AUL/UCL/WEXFORD (R/U)

Quarter Final Draw
Donegal or AUL/UCL/Wexford (R/U) v NEFL
Limerick v Clare
AUL/UCL/WEXFORD (Winner) v Kerry or LSL
Galway v Inishowen
• Protest to be heard relating to the Defence Forces/Wexford game in Group A.
Games to be played on or before the 22nd/23rd/24th January 2016

Oscar Traynor Trophy 2015/16
Roscommon 1-2 Clare
Clare are through to the quarter-finals of the Oscar Traynor Trophy after another good performance on the road and victory over Roscommon at Newbridge on Sunday. Roscommon had the better of the opening exchanges and should have gone in front on 9 minutes when Ethan Keogh headed wide from a Cormac Clogher corner. Clare's first effort on the Roscommon goal came from Enda Craddock on 12 minutes but his effort went wide of the right post. Shane Duffy played a good through ball to Kevin Kenny on 18 minutes but from a tight angle he missed the target. Clare went in front on 25 minutes when David McCarthy continued his rich vein of scoring form this season to finish a great ball in from the left wing by Darryl Eade. Clare went on to dominate the rest of the half and could easily have been more ahead at the break. McCarthy went close again on 37 minutes after getting put through by Colin Smyth but his attempted chip over the advancing Noel Fallon went wide of the target. Right on half time McCarthy got some space outside the box and turned inside before getting a good effort on target that Fallon saved. Roscommon had the first chance of the second half when substitute John Coyne hit the target on 52 minutes but Arek Mamala got down well to make the save. Clare were 2 clear on 56 minutes and on their way to the quarter finals when a well delivered corner from McCarthy was headed to the back of the Roscommon net by a powerful Paddy Purcell header. McCarthy nearly made it 3-0 on 60 minutes with a shot from 25 yards that narrowly missed the target. Roscommon made some changes and started to enjoy a period of dominance. They were back in the game on 68 minutes when Liam Lynch used his strength in the box and finished well when the ball broke on the 6 yard line. With Roscommon pushing forward they were leaving themselves open at the back for a counter attack. McCarthy nearly caught them on the break on 71 minutes but his shot went over the bar. Roscommon had a good chance to draw level on 73 minutes when Dylan Edwards headed over the bar from a Darragh Concannon corner. Liam Lynch went close again for Roscommon on 78 minutes with a shot from outside the box that went over the bar. Lynch was causing the Clare defence a lot of problems and he had another effort on 82 minutes well saved by Mamala. Colin Smyth went close for Clare on 86 minutes but was denied by a good save from Fallon. Clare finished the game strong and kept possession well in the tough conditions to close out the game and take their place in the quarter-finals in January as group winners.

Clare: Arek Mamala (Coole FC), Conor Mullen (Avenue Utd), Eoin Whelan (Tulla Utd), Paddy Purcell (Newmarket Celtic)(Cpt), Darren Murphy (Bridge Utd), Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic), Enda Craddock (Coole FC), Daragh Corry (Tulla Utd), Colin Smyth (Newmarket Celtic), David McCarthy (Newmarket Celtic), Darryl Eade (Ennis Town)

Subs Used: Joe Collins (Ennis Town) for Craddock, Alan Kelly (Newmarket Celtic) for Corry, Mark Roche (Avenue Utd) for McCarthy

Subs Not Used: David Phillips (Avenue Utd), Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), Cian Bourke (Avenue Utd), Colin Nelson (Tulla Utd), Shane Constable (Avenue Utd), Brian Monaghan (Newmarket Celtic)

Roscommon: Noel Fallon (Dysart), Cormac Clogher (Skyvalley Rovers), Enda Kenny ((Moore Utd), Des Hope (Ballinasloe), Peter Keigher (Ballinasloe), Andy Higgins (Dysart), Shane Duffy (Ballinasloe), Liam Lynch (Ballinasloe), Ethan Keogh (Skyvalley Rovers), Darragh Concannon (Ballinasloe), Kevin Kenny (Moore Utd)

Subs: John Coyne (Dysart) for Kenny, Niall Corbett (Dysart) for Clogher, Dylan Edwards (Ballaghaderreen) for Duffy

Oscar Traynor Trophy 2015/16
Clare 2-0 Mayo
Clare put in a good performance in tough weather conditions to defeat Mayo in the Oscar Traynor Trophy at the County Grounds on Saturday evening. Despite the heavy rain leading up to the match the pitch was in excellent condition and the loyal home support who braved the elements were treated to a good contest throughout. Clare got a great start on 5 minutes when Eoin Whelan got some space on the left and crossed for Darryl Eade who showed some nice control in the box before unleashing a powerful strike to the back of the Mayo net. David McCarthy got on the end of a through ball from Colin Smyth on 20 minutes but from a tight angle narrowly missed the target. Clare were now well on top and pressing hard for a second goal as McCarthy went close again on 23 minutes with a strike from just inside the box that went wide of the left post. Whelan was next up but his attempted chip of the advancing Mark Duffy drifted wide in the strong cross field breeze. Clare had a good chance to score on 27 minutes when a free kick from McCarthy was pulled back across the goal by Eoin O’Brien but Stephen Kelly’s effort went over the bar. The pressure was non stop on the Mayo goal and a good run and cross from McCarthy on 31 minutes was met by Smyth but Duffy was on hand to make a great save to keep Mayo in the contest. The second goal finally arrived on 35 minutes when McCarthy’s corner went short to Smyth who then returned the ball back to McCarthy who unleashed a pile driver into the back of the Mayo net despite the best efforts of Duffy to keep it out. This was no more than Clare deserved at this stage of the contest and it remained 2-0 to the home side at the break. Clare started the second half well and Eade went close on 52 minutes with a shot that was deflected wide. McCarthy went close again on 58 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box that just went wide of the left post. Smyth had a long range effort from 25 yards go wide on 63 minutes. Mayo’s first chance of the contest arrived on 72 minutes when Danny Broderick had good effort from outside the box go over the bar. Clare brought on Daragh Corry for Alan Kelly to freshen up midfield in the closing stages. Mayo had a good chance on 79 minutes when Broderick crossed from the left but Darren Murphy read it well and made a vital interception and clearance. Clare then replaced the excellent McCarthy with Colin Nelson for the last 10 minutes after McCarthy had picked up a yellow card for a mistimed tackle in the wet conditions. Mayo had a chance from a corner on 83 minutes but Stevie Ryan’s effort went over the bar. Clare had one last chance of a third goal on 86 minutes when Whelan was fouled just outside the box but Smyth’s well stuck free kick brought a great save out of Duffy. Clare will now head to Roscommon in 2 weeks in a confident mood knowing that qualification is in their own hands after this victory.

Clare: John Mulready (Bridge Utd), Conor Mullen (Avenue Utd), Eoin O'Brien (Newmarket Celtic), Darren Murphy (Bridge Utd), Paddy Purcell (Newmarket Celtic)(Cpt), Alan Kelly (Newmarket Celtic), Darryl Eade (Ennis Town), Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic), Colin Smyth (Newmarket Celtic), David McCarthy (Newmarket Celtic), Eoin Whelan (Tulla Utd)

Subs: Daragh Corry (Tulla Utd) for Alan Kelly, Colin Nelson (Tulla Utd) for McCarthy, Cathal McGonigley (Sporting Ennistymon) for Eade

Subs Not Used: Joe Collins (Ennis Town), Niall Quinn (Newmarket Celtic), Darragh Fitzgerald (Bridge Utd), Cian Bourke (Avenue Utd), Shane Constable (Avenue Utd), Arek Mamala (Coole FC), Mark Roche (Avenue Utd)

Mayo: Mark Duffy, Sean Morrissey, Danny Broderick, Sean Kelly, Stevie Ryan, Conor Byrne, Jamie Fallon, Conor High (Cpt), JP O'Gorman, Colm Nevin, Benny Lavelle

Subs: Tom Byrne for Morrissey, Kris Jablonski for High, Gary Concannon for Nevin

Referee: Michael Rock
Assistant Referees: Terry Kennedy, Martin O’Brien

Oscar Traynor Trophy 2015/16
Galway 1-1 Clare
For the fourth time in 4 years Clare and Galway played out a draw in the Oscar Traynor Trophy and just like previous meetings it was Galway who struck late to earn a share of the points. Overall a draw was a fair result but Clare will rue some missed chances after taking the lead that ultimately cost them the victory on the night. The first chance of the game fell to David McCarthy on 5 minutes after good work from Stephen Kelly on the edge of the box but his effort missed the target. Galway's first chance arrived on 12 minutes after Joe Collins was dispossessed but Eoin Whelan made a good tackle in the box to prevent Gerry Dolan from shooting. A good run from Colin Smyth on 15 minutes and through ball to McCarthy was cut out by a good tackle from Joe Woods. Galway broke quickly from the back and Simon Walsh played a good ball to Dolan who was denied by a great save from John Mulready. Collins had an effort for Clare on 19 minutes after a good run and turn on the edge of the box but his shot went over the bar. Clare took the lead on 23 minutes when Smyth made a good run down the right wing and crossed for McCarthy to finish brilliantly with the outside of his boot to the back of the Galway net. Clare had a great chance to go 2 clear on 27 minutes when Daragh Corry crossed well from the right wing to Joe Collins inside the box but his effort went straight at James Keane in the Galway goal who saved well. Galway had an effort from Martin Coady go over the bar on 31 minutes but Mulready had it well covered. McCarthy and Kelly linked up well again on 38 minutes and this time Kelly's shot went over the bar from the edge of the box. Coady had another chance for Galway on 41 minutes but the sting was taken out of the shot by a good tackle from Corry and Mulready got down well to make the save. Right on half time Galway had a good chance to draw level from a well delivered corner from Coady but Simon Walsh headed over the bar. The rain came down in buckets throughout the second half but credit both sides who continued to play good football with high entertainment for all in attendance. Clare had the first chance of the second half on 47 minutes when Kelly had an effort from outside the box narrowly go wide of the left post. Kelly was at the other end on 54 minutes and made a vital block in a goalmouth scramble to prevent Sean Gavin from scoring. Mulready had to be sharp off his line on 60 minutes to cut out a good cross from the right from Colm O'Donovan. Colin Smyth went close again for Clare on 62 minutes with a well struck long range effort that just skimmed the crossbar. Galway were now starting to throw more players forward in search of an equalizer which left them more open at the back. A good break from Collins and through ball to Smyth on 64 minutes was saved well by Keane in the Galway goal. Mulready was called on to make another good save on 70 minutes from Coady's well struck effort just inside the box. Another quick break for Clare from David McCarthy created a chance for Corry but his effort just went the wrong side of the right post. It was end to end stuff. The next chance of the game fell to Eoin Whelan who made a great run from the back and linked up well with McCarthy but his effort went straight at Keane who made the save. Clare then made their first change on 78 minutes when Eoin Hayes came on for Darryl Eade who worked hard throughout. Galway had another good chance on 80 minutes but again Kelly was in the right place to make the block to prevent Gavin's shot hitting the target. A good ball from Darren Murphy over the top on 82 minutes created a chance for Hayes but he was denied by a great save from Keane. Darragh Fitzgerald replaced the excellent Kelly on 84 minutes as Clare threw on more fresh legs for the closing stages. Galway had a great chance again on 85 minutes but Mulready pulled off another save to deny substitute Alex Lee who had replaced Brian Gaffney. A long ball from the back for Galway on 87 minutes fell nicely to Gerry Dolan who rounded Mulready and finished well to level the match and earn his side a deserved draw on the night.

Galway: James Keane, Tommy Walsh, Stephen Reddan, Joe Woods, Mike Elwood, Sean Gavin, Martin Coady, Simon Walsh, Gerry Dolan, Colm O'Donovan, Brian Gaffney

Subs: Alex Lee for Gaffney, Keith McHugh for Reddan, Keith Warde for Coady (inj)

Clare: John Mulready (Bridge Utd), Conor Mullen (Avenue Utd), Eoin Whelan (Tulla Utd), Paddy Purcell (Newmarket Celtic), Darren Murphy (Bridge Utd), Daragh Corry (Tulla Utd), Joe Collins (Ennis Town), Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic), Colin Smyth (Newmarket Celtic), David McCarthy (Newmarket Celtic), Darryl Eade (Ennis Town)

Subs: Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic) for Eade, Darragh Fitzgerald (Bridge Utd) for Kelly, Enda Craddock (Coole FC) for McCarthy

Subs not used: Alan Kelly (Newmarket Celtic), Darren Cullinan (Newmarket Celtic), Cathal McGonigley (Sporting Ennistymon), Niall Quinn (Newmarket Celtic)

Group F
Mayo
Roscommon
Galway
Clare

Galway v Clare
Mayo v Roscommon

Roscommon v Galway
Clare v Mayo

Roscommon v Clare
Mayo v Galway

Proposed Fixture Dates on or before if you don’t play before said date you lose the fixture.
24th/25th October
14th/15th November
28th/29th November

 

Oscar Traynor 2014/15

Oscar Traynor Trophy Semi-Final
Inishowen 1-0 Clare
Inishowen qualified for the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final and a meeting with Limerick after getting the better of Clare in a well contested match in tough weather conditions at MaGinn Park in Buncrana on Saturday. Inishowen had the better of the opening exchanges and took the lead on 16 minutes when Stephen McLaughlin scored with a well struck free kick on the edge of the box. This was Inishowen's first shot on target in the match and turned out to be their only shot on target throughout the 90 minutes. Clare came more into the game after this and a free kick from Paddy O'Malley on 20 minutes after a foul on Daragh Corry was headed on by Colin Smyth and Evan Talty was unlucky not to get on the end of it before Patrick Harkin came off his line to make the save. Clare created another good chance on 29 minutes when a well delivered corner from O'Malley was headed on by Eoin O'Brien and Talty was unable to finish the chance. Inishowen were dangerous on the break and Sean O'Callaghan was called on to make a good tackle in the box on 30 minutes at the expense of a corner. From the corner Oisin McColgan got some space in the box but Paddy Purcell was in the right place to make the block and the clearance. Clare's best chance of the match arrived on 36 minutes after a mistake at the back from Inishowen and the ball fell nicely to Eoin Hayes inside the box but with the Harkin to beat his effort went wide of the left post. Clare were now on top and putting Inishowen under lot of pressure at the back. Another well delivered corner from O'Malley on 40 minutes was met in the air by O'Brien but his effort went narrowly wide of the right post. Inishowen went in at half time leading by a goal but on overall play Clare were very unlucky to be behind. Clare brought on David McCarthy for Evan Talty early in the second half and pushed Colin Smyth more into an attacking role in search of an equalizer. Inishowen put their best attacking move of the match together on 58 minutes and Anothony Doherty's effort missed the target from close range. A good run from Hayes down the right wing on 60 minutes had the Inishowen defence scrambling at the back at the concession of a corner. Another good delivery from O'Malley was headed on by O'Brien and Stephen Kelly's shot was well saved by Harkin. A shot from McCarthy on 69 minutes was handled on the edge of the box and the resultant free kick from McCarthy narrowly missed the target. Clare brought on Ian Collins for Darren Cullinan on 70 minutes and a good cross from Collins on 74 minutes was met by Kelly but again Harkin was in the right place to make the save. Another good run from Hayes on 83 minutes had Harkin racing out of his box and taking him down on the edge of the box at the expense of a free kick and yellow card. The free kick was cleared out for a corner which Hayes took and yet again O'Brien got on the end of it but Harkin made another save. Clare were now throwing everything at Inishowen and Corry was denied by Harkin from a Hayes cross and the ball was srambled off the line and away to safety. Clare brought on Alan Kelly for Paddy O'Malley on 86 minutes and went three at the back for the closing stages. One last effort from Corry from 30 yards on 88 minutes was brilliantly saved by Harkin again as Inishowen held on for their second appearance in the final in three years. Overall Clare will be disappointed with losing but credit Inishowen who defended well throughout and took their chance in the first half which was good enough for them to get the victory.

Inishowen:
Patrick Harkin, John McLaughlin, Matthew Byrne, Oisin McColgan, William McLaughlin, Shane Canning, Stephen McLaughlin, Brendan McLaughlin, Anthony Doherty, Kieran McDaid, Nigel McMonagle

Clare: 
John Mulready, Eoin O'Brien, Darren Cullinan, Sean O'Callaghan, Paddy Purcell, Stephen Kelly, Paddy O'Malley, Daragh Corry, Eoin Hayes, Colin Smyth, Evan Talty

Subs: David McCarthy for Talty, Ian Collins for Cullinan, Alan Kelly for O'Malley

 

 

25th May 2015
Oscar Traynor Trophy Final
Innishowen 2-1 Limerick

The Inishowen League won the 2014-15 FAI Oscar Traynor Trophy today with a 2-1 win over the Limerick & District League at McGinn Park, Buncrana, Co Donegal.

There were emotional scenes at the end of the game as Inishowen Manager Diarmuid O’Brien ran on to the pitch to congratulate his players after the managed to hold on after some determined defending in the second half. Inishowen got off to the perfect start when after 12 minutes Stephen McLaughlin was put through and made no mistake in finishing as he kept his head and slotted home against the onrushing Gary Neville. The home side doubled their lead in the 35th minute when Man of the Match Kieran McDaid found himself through on goal and he blasted the ball past Neville who was rooted to his line. Inishowen looked in total control and with Matthew Byrne, Stephen McLaughlin and Brendan McLaughlin impressing. Limerick had no answers and bar some cross goal shots they never troubled Patrick Harkin in goal. Limerick did get into the game in the 40th minute when Inishowen gave away a soft free and from the delivery Thomas Clarke poked home the ball in a crowded penalty area. The second half saw Inishowen soak up the pressure and always looked in control, they looked the more confident side and always looked dangerous on the break. Inishowen held on to lift the trophy in front of their home fans having gone close in the last three seasons after being beaten in the final in 2013 and the semi-final last season both defeats at the hands of the AUL.

INISHOWEN LEAGUE: Patrick Harkin, John McLaughlin, Matthew Byrne, Oisin McColgan, William McLaughlin, Shane Canning, Stephen McLaughlin, Kieran McDaid, Anthony Doherty, Brendan McLaughlin, Nigel McMonagle, Terence Doherty, Michael Devlin, D.J. Canavan, Dillon Ruddy, Stephen McCarron, Darragh McLaughlin, Jonathan Noone.

LIMERICK LEAGUE: Gary Neville, Wayne Colbert, Aled Harkin, Patrick Mullins, Thomas Clarke, John Tierney, Kieran O'Connell, John Connery, Shane Clarke, Mike O'Gorman, Owen Hanrahan, Edward O'Donovan, Craig Madigan, Shane Waters, Shane Dillon, Alex Abessolo, Adrian Hurley, Robert Shire.

Match Officials: Marty McGarrilgle, Vincent McLaughlin, John Coll, Paul Duddy (Donegal)

Oscar Traynor Trophy Quarter-Final
Sligo-Leitrim 1-2 Clare
Clare are through to the semi-final of the Oscar Traynor Trophy after another excellent away performance to defeat Sligo-Leitrim in Ray MacSharry Park on Saturday. Clare suffered a double blow before kick-off with losing Eoin Hayes and Alan Kelly to injury but throughout this campaign the team has shown great character and from start to finish on Sunday this was evident as the team played with great composure and superb quality as every player contributed to a deserving victory. A good run from Colin Smyth on 12 minutes resulted in a free kick outside the box. Paddy O'Malley took the free kick and Martin Ward was called on to make a great save with O'Malley's shot destined for the top left corner. Clare kept the pressure on and a foul on Evan Talty on the left wing gave O'Malley the chance to deliver another quality free kick which he duly obliged and the ball was met well at the back post by Daragh Corry who scored with a powerful header with Ward well beaten. Sligo-Leitrim came more into the game after the goal and Keith Nibbs went close with an effort on 22 minutes. A good run from Corry on 32 minutes from midfield opened up the Sligo-Leitrim defence but his effort lacked the power and was saved by Ward. A quickly taken corner on 38 minutes by Sligo-Leitrim caught the Clare defence napping and John Mulready made a good save to turn a shot from Clive Brennan around the post. Clare finished the half strong and another good run from Smyth on 43 minutes and brilliant through ball to Garry Higgins was dispatched to the back of the Sligo-Leitrim net by Higgins despite the best efforts of Ward to keep the shot out. This gave Clare a 2 goal cushion as they faced into a strong breeze in the second half. Sligo-Leitrim started the second half very well and Sean O'Callaghan made a good clearance on 48 minutes to prevent Nibbs from getting a shot in. Nibbs was causing the Clare defence some problems and a minute later he got some space in the box and finished well to bring Sligo-Leitrim right back into the match. Paddy Purcell went close for Clare on 60 minutes when he got on the end of another well delivered free kick from O'Malley and his effort narrowly missed the target. Clare lost Evan Talty to injury on 63 minutes and he was replaced by Ian Collins. Sligo-Leitrim had a lot of possession for the next 20 minutes and went close with an effort from Patrick Woulfe on 67 minutes before their best chance to force an equalizer fell to Niall Brennan on 76 minutes inside the box but Mulready made a great save to keep Clare in front. Another good run from Corry on 83 minutes created an opening where he was unlucky to see a well struck effort narrowly miss the target. With time against them Sligo-Leitrim started to push forward and Clare were getting more space in behind them. Ian Collins made a good run on 86 minutes and crossed for Higgins who narrowly missed the target. With 90 minutes on the clock Colin Smyth made a great run through the heart of the Sligo-Leitrim defence and as he attempted to round Ward on the edge of the box he was taken down which resulted in a free kick and red card for the Sligo-Leitrim keeper. Darren Cullinan took the free kick and his effort went just wide of the left post after taking a deflection for a corner. Clare kept possession well from the corner and moments later the final whistle was blown by referee Terence Byrne as Clare booked their place in the semi-final draw with Limerick, Dublin AUL or Innishowen and Wexford or Kerry.

Clare: 
John Mulready (Bridge Utd), Eoin O'Brien (Newmarket Celtic), Darren Cullinan (Newmarket Celtic), Sean O'Callaghan (Ennis Town), Pat Purcell (Newmarket Celtic), Daragh Corry (Tulla Utd), Darryl Eade (Ennis Town), Paddy O'Malley (Avenue Utd), Colin Smyth (Newmarket Celtic), Evan Talty (Burren Utd), Garry Higgins (Shannon Olympic)

Subs:
Ian Collins (Newmarket Celtic) for Talty (inj)
Darren Whelan (Shannon Olympic)

Sligo-Leitrim: 
Martin Ward, Niall McKenna, Patrick Woulfe, Jake McCrann, Damien Shannon, Mark McGoldrick, Clive Brennan, Conor O'Grady, Christopher Kelly, Keith Nibbs, Niall Brennan

Subs:

Michael Casey for Shannon (inj), Paul McTernan for Nibbs, Graham Lee for Brennan

Oscar Traynor 2013/14 

AUL WIN 4 IN A ROW

THE AUL made junior soccer history today when they retained the Oscar Traynor Trophy for a record fourth time when they beat the Clare League 2-0 at the AUL Complex.

The Dublin side started brightly and took the game to the Clare League and they created a number of half chances which failed to trouble keeper Mulready. The AUL seemed to lose their composure midway through the first half when they saw striker Glen sent off for a reckless challenge and it seem to rock the AUL tactics as they settled to go in scoreless at half time.

Clare tried to take the game to the AUL in the second half and Hayes and Mc Carthy were impressive but the AUL took the lead through Damien Cuffe when he chipped the keeper and Carpenter set up Mooney soon after to give the ten men AUL a deserved lead. Captain John Meleady led by example and picked up the Man of the Match Award in what was a very impressive AUL side.

AUL: Mark Hatton, Damien Cuffe, Mark Mooney, Conor Dillon, Paddy Brophy, Damien Joyce, Alan Talbot, John Meleady, Mark Towney, Stuart Glen, Dean Carpenter, Alan Mc Cabe, Gavin Mc Dermott, Graham Scott, Paul Mc Cullagh, Dean Gibbons, Arron Humphries, Stephen Whelan.

CLARE LEAGUE: John Mulready, Matty Nugent, Darren Cullinan, Darren Murphy, Eoin O’ Brien, Alan Kelly, Colin Smyth, Stephen Kelly, Stephen Hickey, David Mc Carthy, Eoin Hayes, Alan Brigdale, Paddy O’ Malley, Ronan Mc Cormack, Rhys Phillip, Darryl Eade, Michael Crosby, John Healy.

MATCH OFFICIALS: Oliver Falsey, Patrick O’ Connor, Patrick Geoghegan, Nicholas Marnell. (Kilkenny).

Clare qualify for Oscar Traynor Final

Kerry 0-3 Clare 

Clare soccer is on the crest of a wave at the moment after another excellent performance and victory over Kerry in the semi-final of the Oscar Traynor Trophy at Tralee on Sunday. Following on from Avenue Utd reaching the Munster Champions League Final earlier in the season and Newmarket Celtic recently qualifying for the semi-final of the Munster Junior Cup, soccer in the county is on the rise. Since the season started with an impressive 5-3 victory over Limerick the target has been to go all the way in this season's competition and the Banner County are now 90 minutes away from achieving that goal. The hat-trick hero against Limerick was Eoin Hayes and for the second time this season Hayzo struck a hat-trick to help defeat a very good Kerry side. Clare started brightly and Stephen Kelly had an effort well saved by David Hennesy on 10 minutes. Peter McCarthy brought a good save out of John Mulready on 14 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box. Clare had a good shout for a penalty waved away on 20 minutes when a cross from Eoin Hayes struck the hand of Kerry captain Shane Guthrie. A quick break from the back by David McCarthy on 28 minutes put Hayes clear down the right wing. From a very tight angle Hayes struck a sweet shot with the outside of the boot that cannoned off the inside of the left post and was scrambled clear by Kerry. Kerry came close from a corner on 31 minutes when Guthrie rose highest in the box to direct a powerful header on goal that Mulready did well to save. Another break from Clare on 34 minutes had Hayes in some space down the right wing. His well delivered cross was met in the air by McCarthy and his well struck header took a big deflection and narrowly went wide of the goal. The last chance of the half fell to Kerry's Maurice O'Rahilly who made a good run from the back and shot over the bar from a good position. 
Kerry started the second half well and McCarthy brought a great save out of Mulready in the Clare goal on 48 minutes when he advanced off his line well to make the save. Clare brought on Stephen Hickey for David Mccarthy after 55 minutes with McCarthy who had only recently returned from injury having given his all while on the pitch. Darren Murphy had to make a good tackle in the box on 56 minutes with McCarthy again causing the Clare defence problems. Clare had a let off on 59 minutes when a good Kerry move found Ginaturus Paketoro free in the box and his first time shot hit the crossbar and was cleared by Eoin O'Brien. Just as it looked like Kerry were starting to take control of the game Stephen Kelly picked up ball in midfield on 60 minutes and his well timed through ball put Hayes through on goal and Hayes made no mistake to hit the back of the net as Hennessy advanced off his line and Clare were in front. Two minutes later Clare nearly doubled their advantage when a shot from Hickey narrowly missed the target after Colin Smyth created the opening. Kerry brought on Mark O'Sullivan for Paketoros and he came very close to scoring the equalizer on 75 minutes with a header that spun narrowly wide of the target. Kerry went 3 at the back and this created more space for the lightening duo on the wings for Clare Hayes and Alan Brigdale. Hayes created a chance for Hickey on 80 minutes after a good run from Brigdale but Hickey's effort rebounded off the post and Kerry survived. On 82 minutes there was no way back for Kerry when Hayes again got some space. This time he raced through on goal and rattled the back of the Kerry net to double the Clare advantage. Clare brought on Ronan McCormack for Smyth amd Darryl Eade for Brigdale. Kerry kept chasing a hopeless cause in the closing stages and another break from Clare on 89 minutes wrapped up the scoring when Hayes again broke through on goal and rounded Hennessy in the Kerry goal before striking into an empty net to complete his hat-trick and give Clare a deserved place in the final of this season's Oscar Traynor Trophy against Dublin AUL or Innishowen.

Clare: John Mulready, Mattie Nugent, Darren Cullinan, Darren Murphy, Eoin O'Brien Alan Kelly, Colin Smyth, Stephen Kelly, Eoin Hayes, David McCarthy (cpt), Alan Brigdale Subs: Stephen Hickey for McCarthy, Ronan McCormack for Smyth, Darryl Eade for Brigdale

Kerry: David Hennessy, Maurice O'Rahilly, John McDonagh, JOnathan Burrows, Shane Guthrie (cpt), James Sugure, Danny Roche, Gary Keane, Ginaturus Paketoro, Peter McCarthy, Brian Murphy Sub: Mark O'Sullivan for Paketoro

Clare qualify for Oscar Traynor Semi-Final

Sligo-Leitrim 1-2 Clare

Clare are through to the semi-final of the Oscar Traynor Trophy after another excellent performance to defeat Sligo-Leitrim at Ray McSharry Park in Sligo on Sunday. Following on from impressive performances to top a quality group that included Limerick, Galway and Desmond Leagues this victory puts Clare 90 minutes away from a place in the final for the third time. In a tough afternoon for football Sligo played with the aid of a storm in the first half and the first good chance of the match fell to Liam McTiernan on 15 minutes when his well struck shot from outside the box brought a great save out of John Mulready in the Clare goal when he dived acrobatically to turn the ball round the post for a corner. Clare first threat on the Sligo-Leitrim goal came on 20 minutes when a long range free kick from Darren Cullinan hit the top of the crossbar and went wide. Minutes later Eoin Hayes made a great run through the Sligo-Leitrim defence but was denied by a great save from the advancing Martin Ward in the Sligo-Leitrim goal. Clare were now on top and deservedly went in front on 30 minutes when Eoin O'Brien rose highest at the back post to head home a Darren Cullinan free kick to the back of the Sligo-Leitrim net. Clare had a good chance on 35 minutes to go further in front after a good passing move from David McCarthy and Stephen Kelly created an opening for Hayes but his shot narrowly missed the target. McCarthy went close for Clare on 40 minutes with a shot from 25 yards that again narrowly missed the target with Ward well beaten. Against the run of play Sligo-Leitrim drew level on 42 minutes when a well delivered free kick from Keith Nibbs was headed past Mulready by Stephen Kelly as he tried to head the ball clear. 
The second half started at a frantic pace with both sides going all out to get the lead goal. Darren Murphy who had an excellent performance throughout made a great tackle on 47 minutes to prevent Ross McLoughlin from getting a shot on goal when it looked like he was going to score. Hayes made a good run down the right wing on 50 minutes and his well delivered cross found Stephen Hickey in some space but his shot was saved by Ward. Clare had a good chance to go in front on 61 minutes after a scramble in the Sligo-Leitrim defence and the ball fell to Stephen Kelly who blasted over from 6 yards. Michael Crosby replace Stephen Hickey on 65 minutes. Sligo-Leitrim's best chance of the half fell to McTiernan on 67 minutes when he go some space inside the Clare defence but his shot went wide of the right post when in a good position. Crosby had a good chance to put Clare in front on 79 minutes but like Kelly earlier his shot missed the target from inside the box. It looked like the game was going to extra time as the clock showed 88 minutes when Clare won a corner. Alan Brigdale took a quick one to McCarthy and McCarthy's cross had Ward in the Sligo-Leitrim goal scrambling in the tough conditions and the ball went over the line and Clare were back in front. Clare won back possesion from the kick off and McCarthy was stopped getting a shot on goal by a last ditch tackle that forced him off injured. He was replaced by Colin Smyth. Sligo-Leitrim tried hard in the closing stages but could find no way past a Clare defence that was excellent throughout with Murphy especially and Eoin O'Brien giving nothing away to quality opposition that included 2 junior internationals. When the final whiste sounded Clare celebrated a deserving victory on the day and and can now look forward to the semi-final draw on February 4th. In the remaining quarter-finals Cork AUL play Inishowen, Kilkenny play Dublin AUL and and Kerry play UCL.

Sligo-Leitrim: Martin Ward, Neill McKenna, Patrick Woulfe, Gary Rooney (C), Damien Shannon, Colm 
Jinks, Liam McTiernan, Ross McLoughlin, Gareth Kelly, Christopher Kelly, Keith Nibbs

Clare: John Mulready, Mattie Nugent, Darren Cullinan, Darren Murphy, Eoin O'Brien, Alan Kelly, 
Stephen Kelly, Eoin Hayes, Stephen Hickey, David McCarthy (C), Alan Brigdale
Subs: Michael Crosby for Hickey, Colin Smyth for McCarthy.

Man of the Match: Darren Murphy

Referee: Tony Kelly (Roscommon)
Linesmen: Martin Hachett & Don Kieran (Roscommon)

Oscar Traynor 2012/13 

Time proves costly for Clare in Oscar Traynor

 

Clare 2-2 Dublin AUL (AET) - AUL won 3-2 on penalties

Clare are out of the Oscar Traynor Trophy after a long period of injury time in extra time ultimately proved their undoing at the county grounds on Sunday. Any neutrals in attendance would have found it hard to pick out which side were going for 3 in a row and were backboned by many internationals in their side. Clare were brilliant throughout and did not deserve to be beaten. There was little between the sides in the first half with Clare having the bestof the exchanges. Stephen Hickey was unlucky with a shot that went over the bar while the AUL had a few efforts from outside the box. The AUL started the second half better but when Clare got going again it was end to end stuff as the half went on. Disaster struck for the home side with 20 minutes to go as an AUL attack down the right wing was tracked by Alan Brigdale but a shot at goal took a massive deflection and ended up in the back of the Clare net. Clare kept battling and a foul on Brigdale on the edge of the box gave Clare a chance with 12 minutes left. David McCarthy stepped up and brilliantly stuck the ball in the back of the AUL net and Clare were back on level terms. The AUL were rocked by this and from here to the end of normal time Clare had the best of the play but could not find another goal. Extra time began with both sides having a right go but after 30 seconds of injury time the Limerick referee blew for half time in extra time. The second half started with Clare now in control. Alan Brigdale had a good effort bring a great save out of the AUL keeper while a shot from David Reidy rebounded off the crossbar. With 6 minutes to go a good passing move from Clare was finished to the net by Stephen Hickey and Clare looked to be on their way to the semi-final. The AUL tried hard to get back into the game but as the game went into injury time it looked good for a Clare victory. After nearly 5 minutes of injury time in the second half of extra time the AUL got a corner and following a scramble in the goal the Limerick referee awarded a penalty and issued a red card to Eoin O'Brien for hand ball. With nearly 6 minutes on the clock the AUL scored the penalty and the full time whistle sounded for a penalty shootout. Only the referee in the ground could say where he got the 6 minutes as even the AUL sideline and players could not believe how they got out of jail here. The penalty shootout was always going to be a lottery and the AUL advanced by scoring 3 of their penalties. Clare had their chances in the shootout with John Mulready making 2 great saves but it was not to be as the damage of conceding such a late goal in extra time could not be overcome.  

Clare
John Mulready (Bridge Utd)
Colin Smyth (Avenue Utd)        
Darren Cullinan (Newmarket Celtic)
Darren Murphy (Bridge Utd)
Shane Daniels (Ennis Town Rock) (Cpt)               
Eoin O’Brien (Newmarket Celtic)                
David McCarthy (Avenue Utd) 
Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic)
Stephen Hickey (Ennis Town Rock) 
David Reidy (Ennis Town Rock)                
Daithi O'Connell (Newmarket Celtic)       

Subs:
Alan Brigdale (Newmarket Celtic) for O’Connell
Michael Crosby (Newmarket Celtic) for McCarthy
Pakie Darcy (Lifford) for Hickey                
David Russell (Avenue Utd)           
Darragh Fitzgerald (Bridge Utd)    
Johnny O'Brien (Rhine Rovers)          
Niall Quinn (Connolly Celtic)     
Paudie Hayes (Newmarket Celtic)
Sean Kennedy (Ennis Town Rock)               

Well done to the management, players and everyone involved with this seasons Clare Oscar Traynor squad. You did your County and League proud.

 

Great performance puts Clare into Quarter-Finals

Cork AUL 1
Clare 4

Clare travelled to Cork on Sunday and defeated the local Cork A.U.L. and thus booked their place in the quarter-finals where they will have a home draw against the Dublin A.U.L. The Clare outfit fully deserved their victory and won this tussle with some clinical finishing and no nonsense defending when needed. The home outfit were favourites before kick-off but in the end it was the winners who looked the more comfortable throughout the 90 mins. David Reidy saw his 5th min effort saved by O Sullivan the Cork netminder while at the other end 3mins later Corks Arron Kearney saw his well struck effort fly just inches wide of the Clare post. Darren Lynch then should have given the home side the lead when the ball fell kindly to him in the Clare area but his effort flew harmlessly wide. But it was the visiting Banner outfit who secured the all important lead goal on 18 mins. A slick break from their own half saw Clares Steven Hickey race forward and shoot past the advancing O Sullivan who managed to get a hand to the ball but couldnt stop it entering the net. Two mins later the home side thought they were on level terms but following a corner a Howard Coakley right footed drive crashed back into play of the Clare sides right hand post. The Clare sides defence were defenitely having the better of things and were beginning to frustrate the efforts of the Cork forwards who at times enjoyed some good posession but rarely threatened the Clare goal. In fact on 43 mins Hickey again thought he had scored a second Clare goal only to see it ruled out by a linesmans flag for offside. The Clare outfit though did secure a half-time 2 nil lead when Steven Hickey was again involved slipping a well timed pass through to the lively David Reidy who timed his run perfectly to race clear and finish past O Sullivan. The home side knew the had to up their game in the second half and on 50mins a well taken Mark Nolan corner was half cleared by the Clare defence but John Corcorans volley flew over  and then on 59 mins Corks chances of getting themselves back into the game were dealt a massive blow when Arron Kearney was red carded for a second bookable offence. Then on 65mins the winners killed this game off as a contest when Steven Hickey scored his second of the afternoon scoring once again with a fine run and slick finish from 12 yards. The losers to their credit continue to press forward and following a succesion of corners they were rewarded when the referee pointed to the spot  for a hand ball on the goal line by Clares Daryl Eade who was subsequently red carded. Corks Darren Lynch stepped up and crashed the ball home past Mulready bettween the posts to make the score 3 - 1 but this score only proved to be a consolation for the home side and the visitiors rubber stamped their dominance with a fourth goal in injury time with right back Colin Smyth tapping the ball to the Cork net from 2 yrds

Clare
John Mulready (Bridge Utd)
Colin Smyth (Avenue Utd)        
Darren Cullinan (Newmarket Celtic)
Darren Murphy (Bridge Utd)
Shane Daniels (Ennis Town Rock) (Cpt)               
Pakie Darcy (Lifford)          
David McCarthy (Avenue Utd) 
Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic)
Stephen Hickey (Ennis Town Rock) 
David Reidy (Ennis Town Rock)                
Daithi O'Connell (Newmarket Celtic)

Subs:
Alan Brigdale (Newmarket Celtic) for O’Connell
David Russell (Avenue Utd) for Darcy
Darryl Eade (Ennis Town Rock) for McCarthy          
Darragh Fitzgerald (Bridge Utd)    
Alan Kelly (Newmarket Celtic)
Johnny O'Brien (Rhine Rovers)          
Niall Quinn (Connolly Celtic)   
Mark Donlon (Newmarket Celtic)              

Cork A.U.L. 
Steve O'Sullivan  
Shane Cahill 
Kieran Joyce 
Anthony Peelo 
Arron Kearney 
Dave Dineen 
Howard Coakley 
Mark Nolan 
John Corcoran 
Darren Lynch 
Colin Stack

Subs:
Steve Barry 
Willie O Brien 
Willie Corcoran 
Barry O Donovan 
Sheamus Miller

Five Star Performance from Clare in Oscar Traynor

Roscommon 0
Clare 5

Clare are through to a last 16 meeting with Cork in the Oscar Traynor Trophy after a comprehensive victory over Roscommon at Lecarrow on Saturday. Going into the last round of matches Clare trailed Galway by 3 points and also needed to make up a 4 goal differential. With that in mind a big win was needed in Roscommon which was achieved by a 5 goal margin and Limerick completed the job with a 4-2 victory over Galway in Jackman Park.

Clare enjoyed a lot of possession early on and the first chance of the match came on 12 minutes when David Reidy picked up a ball outside the box from a Shane Daniels clearance and his good effort from the edge of the box was well saved by Aidan Fallon in the Roscommon goal. Darryl Eade was running the show in midfield and his well delivered cross on 16 minutes was header on by David Russell and Fallon did well to keep it from crossing the line. Clare hit the front on 19 minutes when Reidy combined well with Eoin Hayes to put Hayes through on goal. Hayes shot was parried by Fallon and Colin Smyth was in the right position to tap home the rebound to give Clare a deserved lead. Eoin O’Brien picked up a yellow card on 23 minutes for disputing a free kick awarded to Roscommon. Good defending from Darren Cullinan on 25 minutes stopped Greg Grogran in his tracks after he had made a good run down the right wing. John Mulready was called on to make his first save on 30 minutes from a well delivered corner from Ger Fagan. A tight offside decision went against Clare on 34 minutes when a through ball from Reidy put Daithi O'Connell through on goal but he was denied by a late flag. Roscommon were denied when in a good position on 36 minutes by good defending from Daniels and O’Brien. Clare scored their second goal on 38 minutes when Cullinan played a great ball through the heart of the Roscommon defence to Hayes who rounded Fallon who came racing out of the goal and then rounded defender Mike Lynch before scoring into an empty net. Clare had one more chance before half time when a corner from Reidy was headed over the bar by O’Brien.

Aidan Dunney had the first chance of the second half on 49 minutes after making a good run from midfield but his effort was well off target on the Clare goal. A corner from Reidy on 54 minutes created a chance for Russell whose shot from the edge of the box narrowly missed the target. A good passing move from Clare on 57 minutes created a great chance for Eade but his effort was well off target. Clare brought on David McCarthy for Hayes on 60 minutes. A strange decision from the referee on 61 minutes gave Roscommon an indirect free kick inside the box for a back pass. It looked like Russell had been fouled and Mulready was just collecting the loose ball. That decision was compounded by another strange decision moments later when O’Brien was given a second yellow card and red card for charging down the free kick. Everyone in the ground including the fourth official thought the referee got this one wrong as the ball had been moved before O’Brien and the other 5 defenders moved. The free kick was then retaken and the exact same thing happened at the second attempt but the referee allowed play to continue. A good run and cross down the right wing on 63 minutes from Darren Murphy created a chance for Daithi O’Connell whose header was well saved by Fallon. With O’Brien out of the midfield Clare brought on Pakie Darcy for O’Connell and decided to keep Reidy upfront as the lone striker. Reidy made a great run on 67 minutes after picking up a ball inside his own half and Fallon did well to keep out his shot from the edge of the box. A well struck free kick from Cullinan from out on the right wing hit the crossbar on 69 minutes and Reidy was on hand to strike home the rebound and give Clare a 3 goal cushion. On 75 minutes Reidy turned provider and found McCarthy in space inside the box. McCarthy struck a powerful first time shot to the back of the Roscommon net and the goal difference advantage Galway had before the game was now wiped out. Clare were now on a major high and it was hard to believe that it was Roscommon who had the extra man. Clare brought on Alan Brigdale for Reidy on 80 minutes. Reidy had an excellent game throughout and was the man of the match on the day. In the closing stages Clare went close again with shots from Brigdale and McCarthy before Pakie Darcy wrapped up a most impressive victory on 86 minutes with an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box after getting on the end of a Brigdale cross. Clare were full value for this victory and a repeat performance away to Cork in a few weeks will give them a great chance of making the quarter-finals.

Clare
John Mulready (Bridge Utd)
Darren Murphy (Bridge Utd)
Darren Cullinan (Newmarket Celtic)
David Russell (Avenue Utd)           
Shane Daniels (Ennis Town Rock)               
Eoin O’Brien (Newmarket Celtic)                
Colin Smyth (Avenue Utd)        
Darryl Eade (Ennis Town Rock) (Cpt)
Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic)
David Reidy (Ennis Town Rock)                
Daithi O'Connell (Newmarket Celtic)       

Subs:
David McCarthy (Avenue Utd) for Hayes
Pakie Darcy (Lifford) for O’Connell                
Alan Brigdale (Newmarket Celtic) for Reidy
Ruairi Norrby (Lifford)               
Darragh Fitzgerald (Bridge Utd)    
David O'Grady (Newmarket Celtic)             
Ritchie Fitzgerald (Hermitage)     
Alan Kelly (Newmarket Celtic)   
Johnny O'Brien (Rhine Rovers)          
Niall Quinn (Connolly Celtic)                   

Roscommon
Aidan Fallon
Cathal Dineen
Darren Clabby
Mike Lynch
Gary Egan (Cpt)
David Cullin
Greg Grogran
Darragh Concannon
Ger Fagan
Alan Duffy
Aidan Dunney

 

Oscar Traynor Trophy Draw
Byes

Dublin AUL
Meath
Limerick

5 Games to decide the remaining 5 teams for the Quarter-Finals
Inishowen v Garda/LSL
Defence Forces v TSDL/Wexford
TSDL/Wexford v Mayo
Carlow v Garda/LSL
Cork AUL v Clare

Dates for the above games to be confirmed as soon as the Groups are finalised.

 

 

Late penalty sinks Clare in Youths

Clare 2
Galway 3

Clare's interest in this years Inter-League Youths Cup is hanging by a thread after losing out to a late goal from a penalty to Galway. Clare came from behind twice in the match with goals from Aiden Davidson & Levi Howard and looked like getting a draw that would have most likely put them into the quarter-finals. However disaster struck on 86 minutes when a goalmouth scramble resulted in a penalty and a red card for Davidson as Galway went on to take the opportunity to score from the spot for the victory. Clare now need Mayo to defeat Galway in Galway next month to still qualify.

Clare 
Sean Kennedy (Ennis Town Rock)
John Feehily (Newmarket Celtic)
Paddy O'Malley (Avenue Utd)
Maccon Byrne (Avenue United)
Kaylon O'Loughlin (Avenue United)
Conor Deasy (Bridge United)
Gearoid O'Brien (Kilrush Rangers)
Aiden Davidson (Moher Celtic) 
Nicki Twumasi (Avenue United)
Levi Howard (Avenue United)
Brian Monaghan (Bridge United)

Impressive Clare defeat Mayo in Youths

Mayo 0
Clare 4

Clare put in an excellent away performance to defeat Mayo in the First Round of the Inter League Youths Cup at Milebush Park on Saturday. Clare dominated the first half and Nicki Twumasi gave them a deserved lead on 25 minutes after getting on the end of through ball from Maccon Byrne and calmly slotting home with a first time shot to beat the advancing Mayo keeper. Twumasi caused all sorts of problems for the Mayo defence throughout and on 35 minutes he combined well with Levi Howard who made a great run and was unlucky to see his shot narrowly miss the target. Clare lost Kevin Kelly to injury and he was replaced by Brian O’Connor on 36 minutes with John Feehily going to right back and O’Connor into right midfield. Conor Deasy showed great determination to win a challenge in the middle of the park on 38 minutes and burst through the heart of the Mayo defence before setting up Twumasi to score Clare’s second goal and give them a lead that they fully deserved. Mayo’s first real chance of the game came on 41 minutes when a header from a corner narrowly missed the target. Clare finished the half strongly with Twumasi again combining well with Gearoid O’Brien who had made a great run from deep and his shot just went the wrong side of the left side of the net. Mayo put Clare under some pressure early in the second half and Kaylon O’Loughlin and Brian Monaghan had to make some good interceptions to keep the Mayo attack at bay. Sean Kennedy was showing a safe pair of hands for anything that hit the target from distance. Byrne forced the Mayo keeper into making a great save on 65 minutes as Clare started to get more and more space in attack as Mayo pushed hard in search of a goal. Any chance Mayo had of getting back in the game disappeared on 70 minutes after their right back was shown a red card for a very dangerous mistimed tackle. O’Connor was causing a lot of problems for the Mayo defence down the right wing and another good run and cross on 78 minutes was rewarded with a great finish from inside the box by Gearoid O’Brien. Clare threw on James McConigley on 80 minutes for Cathal Carrig who had worked himself into the ground covering every blade of grass up until that point. Jason McMahon replaced O’Brien who was after scoring the goal that gave Clare an unassailable lead. In the closing stages Monaghan was called on once more to make a good interception and Kennedy had to make a good save before McConigley wrapped up a most impressive victory for Clare in injury time with a good finish from inside the box. Clare will now take on Galway at the County Grounds on the 24th November knowing that victory will ensure a place in the knockout stages of this season’s competition.

Clare
Sean Kennedy (Ennis Town Rock)
Kevin Kelly (Bridge United)
Brian Monaghan (Bridge United)
Maccon Byrne (Avenue United)
Kaylon O'Loughlin (Avenue United)
Conor Deasy (Bridge United)
Cathal Carrig (Kilrush Rangers)
Gearoid O'Brien (Kilrush Rangers)
Nicki Twumasi (Avenue United)
John Feehily (Newmarket Celtic)
Levi Howard (Avenue United)

Subs:
Brian O'Connor (Bridge United) for Kelly (inj)
James McConigley (Burren/Sporting) for Carrig
James McMahon (Bridge Utd) for O’Brien
Eoin O'Kelly (Bridge United)

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Limerick defeat Clare in Oscar Traynor

Limerick 2-0 Clare

A strong Limerick team backboned by nine ex League of Ireland players defeated Clare in the first round of the Oscar Traynor Trophy at Jackman Park on Wednesday night. Limerick started brightly with Shane Waters causing all sorts of problems for the Clare defence. Good work from Waters forced Clare into giving away a corner on 10 minutes and with Clare caught napping at the near post Shane Clarke was on hand to score with a powerful header. John Mulready kept Clare in it on 15 minutes with a good save from an attempted chip by Jonathan Grant when through on goal. Waters was continuing to cause Clare problems and some neat control in the box on 20 minutes created a opening for a powerful shot which rebounded off the crossbar. Clare finally threatened the Limerick goal on 21 minutes when a free kick from Eoin Glynn was not cleared and a good effort from Mark Donlon forced Gary Neville into making a save at his near post. A good Limerick passing move on 25 minutes created an opening for Martin Deady who brought a great save out of Mulready in the Clare goal. Clare were starting to get more into the game and had a good shout for a penalty for a handball waved away on 27 minutes. A good run and shot from Alan Brigdale forced Neville into making another save as Clare continued to press for an equaliser. Just as Clare were starting to think they had weathered the Limerick storm up popped John Tierney with a shot which beat Mulready and Limerick had the 2 goal advantage that their overall play deserved. Clare started the second half brightly and a free kick from Michael Crosby was met by Glynn in the air and went wide of the post. Clare threw on Daithi O'Connell, David Reidy & Ryan Boyle for Brigdale, Kelly & O'Brien and the changes seemed to give Clare another lift. Boyle put in a good cross on 65 minutes which Neville did well to hold under good pressure from O'Connell. To highlight the strength in depth of the Limerick squad they brought on Junior International Alan Barry after 70 minutes for Clarke. Glynn forced Neville into making a great save on 75 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box that he forced behind for a corner. Clare kept pressing for a goal that would get them back in the game and Colin Smyth had a good effort well saved by Neville on 82 minutes when Limerick were slow to react to a quick corner. Clare had another good shout for a handball in the area waved away on 84 minutes and as the clock went into injury time Limerick had their best effort of the second half when substitute Pat Boyle who had come on for Grant forced Mulready into making one last save. Overall Limerick will be happy with the victory and Clare will take a lot of positives from their second half performance.               

Clare
John Mulready (Bridge Utd)              
David O'Grady (Newmarket Celtic)             
Ritchie Fitzgerald (Hermitage)     
Shane Daniels (Ennis Town Rock)               
Mark Donlon (Newmarket Celtic) (C)                
Alan Kelly (Newmarket Celtic)   
Michael Crosby (Newmarket Celtic)          
Colin Smyth (Avenue Utd)        
Alan Brigdale (Newmarket Celtic)              
Eoin Glynn (Ennis Town Rock)                      
Johnny O'Brien (Rhine Rovers)          

Subs:
Daithi O'Connell (Newmarket Celtic) for Brigdale           
David Reidy (Ennis Town Rock) for Kelly                
Ryan Boyle (Lifford) for O'Brien                
Ruairi Norrby (Lifford)               
Garth Ahearn (Lifford)           
Niall Quinn (Connolly Celtic)                    
Darragh Fitzgerald (Bridge Utd)    
Pakie Darcy (Lifford)                
Martin O'Neill (Newmarket Celtic) 
Darren Cullinan (Newmarket Celtic)          

Limerick
Gary Neville
Wayne Colbert
Conor Moloney
John Tierney
Pat Mullins
Pat McGarry
Martin Deady
Jason Hughes
Shane Clarke
Jonathan Grant
Shane Waters

Subs:
Alan Barry 
Pat Boyle

 

Oscar Traynor 2012 
Away Limerick on or before 31st Oct
Home Galway on or before 30th Nov
Away Roscommon on or before 31st Dec

Top two to qualify for next round.

Management Team is Liam Murphy, Keith McInerney & David Ryan
Physio: John Earls

Match with Limerick fixed for Wednesday 24th October at 7.30pm in Jackman Park

Oscar Traynor squad that is available for selection for Wednesday night:-
John Mulready (Bridge Utd)           
Garth Ahearn (Lifford)              
Niall Quinn (Connolly Celtic)                    
David O'Grady (Newmarket Celtic)             
Darren Cullinan (Newmarket Celtic)           
Mark Donlon (Newmarket Celtic)                
Darragh Fitzgerald (Bridge Utd)    
Darryl Eade (Ennis Town Rock)                 
Pakie Darcy (Lifford)                
Michael Crosby (Newmarket Celtic)          
Ritchie Fitzgerald (Hermitage)     
Ryan Boyle (Lifford)                 
Ruairi Norrby (Lifford)               
Alan Brigdale (Newmarket Celtic)              
Daithi O'Connell (Newmarket Celtic)           
David Reidy (Ennis Town Rock)                 
Johnny O'Brien (Rhine Rovers)          
Colin Smyth (Avenue Utd)                   
Martin O'Neill (Newmarket Celtic) 
Eoin Glynn (Ennis Town Rock)                      
Shane Daniels (Ennis Town Rock)               
Alan Kelly (Newmarket Celtic)   
John Healy (Avenue Utd)

David Russell (Avenue Utd) (not available for Limk game)
Ronan McCormack (Newmarket Celtic) (not available for Limk game)              
Eoin O'Brien (Newmarket Celtic) (not available for limk game)
Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic) (not available for Limk game)
Colin Ryan (Newmarket Celtic) (not available for Limk game)
Alan Mulready (Bridge Utd) (injured)

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