*Aidan McCarthy hit the winning score for Clare. Photograph: Martin Connolly Brian Lohan’s first competitive game as Clare senior hurling manager has ended in a one point win over All-Ireland champions Tipperary.
*Sean Doyle. Photograph: ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry Crusheen senior hurler Jamie Fitzgibbon is joining Sean Doyle’s Clare U20 hurling management.
*Diarmuid Ryan. Photograph: Martin Connolly Cork have booked their place in the Bord Gáis Munster U20 hurling final at the expense of Clare.
*Gary Cooney gets to the ball ahead of Noel Connors. Photograph: Martin Connolly Sean Doyle has named his starting team for his first tie as manager of the Clare U20 hurling team.
*Gerry O’Connor. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare were happy at half-time to trail by six points with the wind in their favour but joint manager Gerry O’Connor admitted the concession of Seamus Callanan’s goal on forty minutes “knocked the stuffing” out of his side.
*Patrick O’Connor holds off Tom Devine in the 2018 Munster championship. PHOTO: Martin Connolly In anticipation for Clare’s Munster SHC opener with Waterford, little adaptations were made to their training routine such as the layout of Cusack Park to properly prepare for the environment that would exist at Walsh Park.
*David Fitzgerald. Photograph: Martin Connolly Championship hurling ain’t easy, for David Fitzgerald not alone had he to aim for an impeccable performance for the Clare seniors but he had to combine it with studying for equally as important college exams.
*Tony Kelly’s shot is blocked by Kieran Bennett during their Munster League meeting in January. Photograph: Martin Connolly Their League quarter-final defeat to Waterford in Walsh Park was the warm-up and Sunday is the real deal as Clare aim to get their Munster senior hurling championship campaign off to a winning start.
*Donal Moloney. Photograph: Martin Connolly In dishing out an overall grade for Clare’s 2019 Allianz National Hurling League effort, a pass rate would be the reward. Though it was not a case of passing with flying colours and more doing enough to get by. Of the six games played, home wins over Kilkenny and Wexford…
*Photograph by Martin Connolly Clare have comprehensively beaten Tipperary to win the Munster Senior Hurling League. Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-18 Venue: Gaelic Grounds Played in front of an attendance of 4,531, Clare secured their first piece of silverware at senior level under Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor beating Tipperary by ten points. Jason Forde and…