Despite creating far more chances, Clare fell short in their attempt to make the final of the Oscar Traynor competition for the second year in a row after suffering defeat at the hands of Inishowen.
Venue: Maginn Park, Buncrana.
Stephen McLaughlin was the hero for Inishowen as his free kick in the sixteenth minute of the first half from the edge of the box proved to be the difference between the sides in the Oscar Traynor semi-final played this evening.
Mick Shiel’s Clare team played against a strong breeze in the first half and dominated the final fifteen minutes of the first half with Newmarket Celtic duo Eoin Hayes and Eoin O’Brien coming closest to hitting the net.
It was the Banner who played the better football over the ninety minutes but the Donegal Peninsula side showed the greater fight and have now knocked out both of the 2014 finalists in Clare and Dublin’s AUL. The Dermot O’Brien managed side will now play the winners of Wexford vs Limerick who face off in the other semi-final tomorrow afternoon in Ferrycarrig Park.
Clare: John Mulready (Bridge Utd), Eoin O’Brien (Newmarket Celtic), Sean O’Callaghan (Ennis Town), Paddy Purcell (Newmarket Celtic), Darren Cullinan (Newmarket Celtic), Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic), Paddy O’Malley (Avenue Utd), Darragh Corry (Tulla Utd), Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), Colin Smyth (Newmarket Celtic), Evan Talty (Burren Utd). Subs: David McCarthy (Newmarket Celtic) for Talty (55), Ian Collins (Newmarket Celtic) for Cullinan (70), Alan Kelly (Newmarket Celtic) for O’Malley (85).