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Date Time Competition Season
11 June 2022 3:45 pm All Ireland Senior Football Championship 2022

Match Report

SFC: Malone bags late winner for Clare to advance to second ever All-Ireland quarter-final

An incredible late comeback from Clare helped them reach their first AISFC Quarter-Final since 2016.

Jamie Malone scored from range in the fourth minute of added time to beat Roscommon by a single point this afternoon in Croke Park in what must be said was a thoroughly entertaining match throughout.

This game was one of incredible scoring from both teams, especially from range, as by half-time the two sides had outscored their totals in their League meeting earlier this year.

Cathal O’Connor settled his Clare side into the game early on, coming forward from midfield and pointing off his right foot to raise the first white flag of the afternoon. 

Roscommon made a late change pre-game as Diarmuid Murtagh replaced Heneghan and it was Murtagh who made an instant impact by getting the first goal of the game.

Murtagh raised the green flag after just 6 minutes. Conor Cox’s attempted point dropped just short of the goal but Murtagh rose above O’Callaghan rushing out from the Clare net to fist the ball in and put the Rossies in the lead early on. 

The early goal really opened up the game from the off as Clare pointed twice in a couple of minutes to bring the game back to level scores after 10 minutes. 

Conor Cox and Diarmuid Murtagh both scored from frees shortly after to put the Rossies back in the lead. 

The game would change after this, the Banner gained all the momentum as Emmet McMahon rose the white flag just before Keelan Sexton, who wasn’t originally listed to start the game, powered through the Roscommon defence and past Lavin in the Rossies net to raise the Green flag for his side for the first time in the game. His attempted shot may have taken a deflection off of Roscommon goal scorer Diarmuid Murtagh but the ball dribbled over the line and Sexton celebrated as if it was his goal. Clare took the lead in the game once more. 

An excellent first half of Football was summed up with some stunning back and forth football after the goal. Ciaran Murtagh twice and Cian McKeon scored three points in three minutes but Clare stayed in touch with three in three of their own through McMahon, Cleary, and Collins. 

Cathal O’Connor stepped forward from midfield for his second point of the game to give his Clare side a three-point lead. A score that just added to the awesome exhibition of points scoring from range that we were witnessing. 

A Keelan Sexton brace of points gave Clare a healthy lead just before the break. The Banner would be annoyed at the half as they gave up a free to Diarmuid Murtagh, with the goal kick in added time ending up back in the Rossies' hands who capitalized on the mistake with Niall Kilroy bringing the deficit back to just two points at the break. The half-time scoreline, Clare 1-10 Roscommon 1-8

Keelan Sexton opened the scoring at the start of the second half almost instantly, his long-range attempt from the floor sailed over the bar, another excellently taken point. 

Despite the early score, it would be Roscommon who took command in the opening phases of the second half. 

Six unanswered points from Roscommon seemed to have the Rossies in command of the match as manager Anthony Cunningham would be delighted with the strong impact his players had off the bench. 

Keelan Sexton once again from a free stemmed the Roscommon tide on 60 minutes to keep Clare in the game, their first score in 25 minutes.

Donie Smith and Ciaran Murtagh followed up with scores that with five to go in the game would have many thinking the game was put to bed. 

The Clare comeback began on 69 minutes, Eoin Cleary from a free reduced the deficit to four. 

The major turning point would come on 70 minutes. Cooney was hauled down to the box, the Referee immediately blew the whistle and with his arms outstretched gave Clare a spot-kick to bring them back into the game late on. 

Keelan Sexton banished their Munster penalty shootout horrors, smashing the ball right down the middle of the goal, a one-point game going into five minutes of added time. 

Sexton would level the game a minute later from a placed ball just outside the 45-meter line. A huge pressure kick for the Kilmurry Ibrickane but he showed his quality by placing it over the bar comfortably. 

The winning score came on 74 minutes. Remarkably, this would be the only score from play for the Banner County in the half. Jamie Malone stepped forward and took on the shot off his right foot which sailed over the bar to the massive roar of the traveling Clare faithful who knew this would be enough. 

Roscommon had a late last-ditch attempt drop wide and the full-time whistle went as Clare progress to the Quarter Final. 

The Banner will sit back and enjoy the rest of the qualifiers when their heart rates come down as they await to see early next week which Provincial Champions they will be drawn against.

Clare

1Tristan O’Callaghan Goalkeeper
2Manus Doherty Defender
25Alan Sweeney 23 Defender
4Cillian Rouine Defender 12'
5Cian O’Dea Defender
6Ciaran Russell Defender
7Jamie Malone Defender 75'
8Darren O’Neill Midfielder
9Cathal O’Connor Midfielder 2', 27'
10Pearse Lillis Forward
11Eoin Cleary Forward 22', 69'
12Emmet McMahon 3 Forward 15', 21'
18Podge Collins 13 Forward 25'
24Keelan Sexton Forward 19', 70'
8', 33', 34', 35', 60', 72'
15Aaron Griffin 14 Forward
16David Sexton Goalkeeper
17Eoghan Collins Defender
13Gavin Cooney 18 Forward
19Ciaran Downes Forward
20Ronan Lanigan
21Darragh McDonagh
22Ciaran Morrissey Defender
23Brendy Rouine 25
14David Tubridy 15 Forward
3Conor Jordan 12 Defender
26Daniel Walsh Defender

Roscommon

1Colm Lavin Goalkeeper
2David Murray Defender 59'
3Brian Stack Defender
4Conor Daly Defender 47'
5Conor Hussey 23 Defender 33'
6Niall Daly Defender
7Ronan Daly Defender 53', 55'
8Ultan Harney Midfielder
9Eddie Nolan Midfielder
10Ciaran Murtagh Forward 19', 21', 33', 44', 67'
11Enda Smith Forward
21Diarmuid Murtagh 24 Forward 6'
14', 35+1'
7'
13Cian McKeon 17 Forward 23'
14Niall Kilroy 26 Forward 35+2'
15Conor Cox 19 Forward 13'
16Conor Carroll Goalkeeper
17Eoin McCormack 13 Defender
18Dylan Ruane Defender
19Donie Smith 15 Forward 52', 63'
20Shane Cunnane Midfielder
12Cathal Heneghan Forward
22Ciaran Sugrue
23Richard Hughes 5 Defender 51'
24Andrew Glennon 21 Forward
25Hubert Darcy
26Keith Doyle 14 61'
  • 76'

    CLARE WIN IT! An incredible late comeback sees Clare's summer continue on!

  • 75'

    CLARE LEAD! JAMIE MALONE POINTS FROM PLAY!

  • 72'

    Level game! Sexton points from just outside the 45 from a free off the ground, another of the awesome scores we have witnessed this afternoon!

  • 70'

    Sexton scores from the spot! One point game with 5 minutes added on.

  • 69'

    Penalty for Clare! This game is not over yet. Cooney is hauled down in the box.

  • 65'

    A close-range Donie Smith free extends the Rossies lead to four points. 5 to go.

  • 62'

    Keith Doyle scores for Roscommon just two minutes after coming off the bench.

  • 60'

    Sexton ends a long Clare drought from a free. Their first score in 25 minutes.

  • 58'

    Tubridy and Brendy Rouine have been introduced to try to stem the tide for Clare

  • 57'

    Ronan Daly back to back points has Roscommon in a commanding three-point lead now.

  • 54'

    Donie Smith shows manager Anthony Cunnighams trust in him was worthwhile as he puts Roscommon in the lead.

  • 52'

    Substitute Richard Hughes levels it.

  • 48'

    Daly scores to bring it down to 1 point between the teams.

  • 45'

    Ciaran Murtagh reduces the deficit to two.

  • 42'

    Hughes replaces Hussey for Roscommon after Hussey picked up a shoulder injury.

  • 37'

    Keelan Sexton gets the scoring underway in the half, his point off the turf from a free extends Clare's lead to 3.

  • 35'

    The second half is underway in HQ, let's hope it is as entertaining as the first.

  • 37'

    Two late scores from Roscommon reduces their deficit to two points at the break. Half-time scoreline is Clare 1-10 1-08 Roscommon.

  • 35'

    1 minute additional time at the end of the half.

  • 34'

    Hussey of Roscommon is booked for a body check. Sexton puts the ball over the bar from the resulting free.

  • 31'

    The scoring exhibition has relaxed in the last few minutes as both teams add a couple of wides to the stats.

  • 28'

    Cathal O'Connor's second point from Midfield for Clare puts the Banner 3 points in the lead.

  • 25'

    The teams are going back and forth in a very entertaining game here. Collins points to put Clare 2 points up.

  • 19'

    Clare score! Keelan Sexton raises the green flag. His strong running allowed him to round the keeper and his attempted effort dribbled over the line, potentially off of Murtagh.

  • 16'

    McMahon and Murtagh exchange points.

  • 13'

    Conor Cox raises the white flag for the Rossies from a free for the first time this afternoon.

  • 12'

    Cillian Rouine levels the game coming up from Corner Back for Clare.

  • 8'

    Keelan Sexton gets Clare within one point from a free.

  • 6'

    Diarmuid Murtagh scores for Roscommon, beating the Clare goalkeeper in an aerial battle to fist the ball into the net.

  • 3'

    Eddie Nolan hits the outside of the post with a low shot at goal when everyone thought he would take the point. A good chance for Roscommon.

  • 2'

    Cathal O'Connor points for Clare.

  • 2'

    Enda Smith breaks through early but his attempted score drops short. Lively start for the Rossies.

  • 1'

    The game is underway in Croke Park.

  • Clare make three changes pre-match - Alan Sweeney, Podge Collins & Keelan Sexton are in for Conor Jordan, Gavin Cooney & David Tubridy

  • One late change is in for Roscommon, Cathal Hennigan fails a late fitness test and is replaced in the starting XV by Diarmuid Murtagh.

  • Roscommon look for their first victory in GAA HQ since the 80s whilst Clare look for their first quarter-final since 2016, which they got to defeating today's opponents in the final qualifying round.

  • Good afternoon everyone, Samuel Mansfield reporting on Clare V Roscommon in the AISFC Round 2 Qualifier in Croke Park

Past Meetings

(Round 3)
0-9 0-9
NFL Division 2
Dr. Hyde Park

Venue

Croke Park
Croke Park, Jones's Road, Dublin, D01 WY49, Ireland

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