All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers Round 1 – Clare 5-32 Laois 0-12

Clare defeated Laois by 5-32 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers on Saturday July 2nd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Shanagher goals help Clare to 36-point win

Clare 5-33 Laois 0-12

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Four goals from Aaron Shanagher helped Clare to a facile 36-point win in this extremely one-sided hurling qualifier contest. The outcome had been decided long before the break, Clare enjoying a 2-14 to 0-5 heading back down the tunnel at half-time. Laois’ cause wasn’t helped by being reduced to 14 men on 27 minutes, Ben Conroy sent off on a second yellow card. The visitors also lost Cahir Healy to injury in the same play.

Clare hit an unanswered 1-5 between there and the break, Aaron Shanagher pouncing for his second goal in first-half stoppages. His first arrived on six minutes after Laois’ keeper Enda Rowland produced a superb save to deny David Reidy. Laois lived with their opponents for the first 20 minutes or so, but it was one-way traffic thereafter.

The second-half was 11 minutes old before Laois managed their sixth point of the contest, Willie Hyland ending a 21-minute barren spell for Cheddar Plunkett’s side. Clare had already tagged on eight points without reply since the resumption and two further goals from Shanagher on 50 and 51 minutes put Clare 30-points clear (4-24 to 0-6). Podge Collins struck Clare’s fifth goal six minutes from the end. Laois finished with 13-men as Cha Dwyer was sent off on a second yellow.

Scorers for Clare: A Shanagher (4-1); T Kelly (0-10, 0-3 frees); P Collins (1-3); C O’Connell (0-5, 0-4 frees); D McInerney, S O’Donnell (0-3 each); C Cleary, C Galvin, J Conlon (0-2 each); S Golden (0-1).

Scorers for Laois: W Hyland (0-3, 0-3 frees), E Rowland (0-2 frees), C Dwyer (0-2 each); M Whelan, PJ Scully (0-1 free), W Dunphy, M Kavanagh, N Foyle (0-1 each)

Clare: A Fahy; O’Brien, C Dillon, P O’Connor; J Browne, D McInerney, B Bugler; C Cleary, D Reidy; Calvin, J Conlon, T Kelly; P Collins, S O’Donnell, A Shanagher
Subs: D Fitzgerald for McInerney (43 mins); S Morey for Cleary (43): C O’Connell for Kelly (47); S Golden for Reidy (46); C Ryan for Conlon (51)

Laois: E Rowland; R Mullaney, P Purcell, D Palmer; C Stapleton, C Healy, M Whelan; J Lennon, L Bergin; B Conroy, C Dwyer, PJ Scully; W Hyland, N Foyle, W Dunphy
Subs: R King for Bergin (10 mins, inj); P Lawlor for Healy (28, inj); M Kavanagh for Scully (40); 46 D Maher for Stapleton (49); J Phelan for Dunphy (58)

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

They meet for the fifth time in the championship with Clare having won the previous four as follows:
2013: Clare 1-32 Laois 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2007: Clare 2-14 Laois 0-11 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2004: Clare 7-19 Laois 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
1914: Clare 5-1 Laois 1-0 (All-Ireland final)

Clare lost to Waterford by 1-21 to 0-17 in the Munster semi-final while Laois lost to Offaly by 3-22 to 2-14 in the Leinster quarter-final.

The winner enter the round 2 draw with the winners of Cork v Dublin, Westmeath v Limerick, Wexford v Offaly while the losers are finished for the season.

Team News

Goalkeeper Andrew Fahy has been named to start Clare’s All Ireland Hurling qualifier on Saturday evening against Laois at Cusack Park. In attack Aron Shanaghan replaces the injured Conor McGrath.

Clare: A Fahy; O O’Brien, P O’Connor, C Dillon; J Browne, C Cleary, B Bugler; D McInerney, D Reidy; C Galvin, P Collins, T Kelly; J Conlon, S O’Donnell, A Shanagher.