*Ian MacNamara in action for the Clare U20 hurlers. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

KILLANENA’S IAN MACNAMARA captained UL’s Fresher Hurlers to an All-Ireland league title on Tuesday night with eight Clare hurlers featuring over the hour.

There was a strong Clare contingent behind the University of Limerick’s latest success on the hurling field with the side managed once again by Joe McGrath who steered them to All-Ireland glory last year.

Held in Clonad on a bitterly cold December evening, UL recorded a 1-19 0-13 win over Dublin City University.

It is the third year in row that UL have claimed the All-Ireland league but their focus will soon switch to completing a double with the championship to be held after Christmas.

MacNamara who was recently added to Brian Lohan’s Clare senior hurling panel captained the side from full-back while his clubmate Keith Smyth had a storming showing at the other edge of the square, finishing with 1-06 to his name, 1-02 of which came from play.

There was a Banner duo at midfield with Clooney/Quin’s John Conneally partnering Harty Cup winning captain Ronan O’Connor of Feakle in the centre of the field.

Bright prospect Sean Rynne of Inagh/Kilnamona a former Clare minor captain started at centre forward with Ogonnelloe’s Gearoid Sheedy lining out at wing forward.

Both Rory O’Connell of Clarecastle and O’Callaghans Mills’ Colm Cleary scored a point each on their introduction from the bench.

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