U21 Hurling: Clare brush aside weak Antrim to make final

Updated: August 25, 2012

Clare qualified for the All Ireland U21 final in three week’s time with a facile 4-24 to 0-6 victory over a poor Antrim side in Thurles this afternoon.

The Munster champions were dominant from start to finish and in every sector of the field they were in total control. Man of the match Seadna Morey and centre back Colm Ryan were very prominent and they supplied their lively forwards with quality possession.

In attack Cathal O’ Connell, Aaron Cunningham and Conor McGrath were very clinical in the early stages and the game was effectively over as a contest by half time with Clare in front by a margin of seventeen points.

The second period was merely academic and the Clare management emptied their subs bench long before the final whistle. The procession of scores continued as the players who were introduced were eager to make an impression. Niall Aurthur being a case in point as he registered a goal and two points during his short time on the field.

The Banner men now march on to the final on the 18th of September but they will have learned very little from today’s mismatch.

Clare: R Taffe, P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan, S Morey (0-02), C Ryan, P O’ Connor, C Galvin, S Golden (0-01), T Kelly 0-04, 3 65s), P Collins (0-02), A Cunningham (0-02), C O’ Connell (0-07 2f), C McGrath (2-00), C McInerney (1-00)

Subs: P Duggan (0-01) for A Cunningham, C Malone (0-01) for C Galvin, N Arthur (1-02 1f), D O’ Halloran (0-01) for C O’ Connell.

Antrim: J O’ Mullan, R McCloskey, R Gillan, C Morgan, J Black (0-01), M Donnelly, J McCouaig, A McKeown, S McAfee, M Devlin (0-02 1f), S Dobbin, K McKiernan (0-02 2f), N Elliot, C McCann, D McCloskey (0-01).

Subs: C Laverty (0-01) for M Donnelly, C Murray for J McCouaig, D Mckinely (0-01) for S Dobbin) N McFadden (0-01) for C McCann.

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