Allianz HL D1: Comfortable win for Clare
Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group B
CLARE 1-27 CARLOW 0-14
By Seamus Hayes at Cusack Park
Clare had their expected comfortable win over Carlow in this opening round tie played in front of 2,283 patrons at Cusack Park in Ennis.
Carlow led by the odd point in three after two minutes when Shane ODonnell struck for the games only goal and Clare were never behind after this.
Six unanswered points in as many minutes had the home side 1-7 to 0-4 ahead by the twelfth minute and they lend this margin to the interval when the score was 1-12 to 0-9.
The winners had the opening three points of the second half and from here on they were very much in control, outscoring the visitors in the second half on a 0-15 to 0-5 tally.
The visitors finished the game with fourteen men after midfielder Edward Byrne was dismissed on a straight red card with ten minutes remaining.
Manager Brian Lohan was, understandably, delighted with the result. We were always expected to win that game here at home. We are happy with the way the lads played. We got the goal from Shane early. Our movement was pretty good and we got to see a number of players, the All Ireland wining full back from 1995 and 1997 said.
He acknowledged that next weeks clash with Wexford at the latters venue is a big game. They had a good win last evening and they have won the Leinster league. Its a tough place to go.
Scorers for Clare: Tony Kelly 0-12 7fs, Shane ODonnell 1-1, John Conlon 0-3 1f, Ryan Taylor, Aidan McCarthy, David Fitzgerald 0-2 each, Pat OConnor, David McInerney, Ian Galvin, David Reidy, Domhnaill McMahon 0-1 each.
Scorers for Carlow; Martin Kavanagh 0-7 7fs, Chris Nolan 0-3 1f, John Michael Nolan 0-2, Diarmuid Byrne f Richard Coady 0-1 each.
CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Jack Browne, Conor Cleary, Eoin Quirke; Aidan McCarthy, Pat OConnor, Stephen OHalloran; David McInerney, Tony Kelly; Ian Galvin, David Fitzgerald, David Reidy; Ryan Taylor, John ConlonCapt, Shane ODonnell.
Subs: Domhnaill McMahon for Galvin 55; Liam Corry for Quirke57; Seadna Morey for Reidy 63; Colin Guilfoyle for ODonnell 64;Niall Deasy for Fitzgerald 65
CARLOW; Damian Jordan; Ross Smithers, Paul Doyle, Michael Doyle; Kevin McDonald, David English, Diarmuid Byrne; Richard Coady, Edward Byrne; John Michael Nolan, Martin Kavanagh, Jon Nolan; Aaron Amond, Paul Coady, Chris Nolan
Sub: Sean Whelan for D. Byrne half time; Ted Joyce for Amond 53; Michael Malone for P. Coady64; Cathal Tracey for John M. Nolan 65; Jack Kavanagh for M. Kavanagh inj. 70
REFEREE: Liam Gordon Galway.