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Date Time Competition Season
9 July 2023 2:00 pm All Ireland Intermediate Championship 2023

Match Report

Banner advance over tricky Westmeath test

Clare are semi-final bound, overcoming Westmeath by six points as Fidelma Marrinan scored 2-9 in a player of the match display.

Antrim now await Clare, who made the semi-finals last year only to fall at the final hurdle, Wayne Freeman’s charges have been impressive this year, another strong display over a valiant Westmeath side, getting them into the final four.

Aoife Connolly scored 2-6, which kept Westmeath fighting in the tie, but for large spells of the game, Clare were in control after a lightning start and built on that into the second half.

The Banner started as they meant to go on, Ailsing Reidy with the opening score after three minutes, Chloe Moloney stuck to the net seconds later, before Marrinan hit two goals and a point, putting Clare in the driving seat 3-2 to no score after ten minutes.

Connolly got Westmeath on the board after 11 minutes, but Marrinan was quick to cancel out that score, but by the 20 minute mark, the Westmeath forward had three on the board for her side as they trailed by nine.

Marrinan made it ten with another fine score, but Westmeath hit back in the final ten minutes of the opening half, Connolly with a point and two quick goals, before Rachel Dillion added a point and Karen Hegarty hit the back of the net, putting Westmeath ahead, 3-5 to 3-4, but Marrinan at the end of the half added yet another point to level the tie at half time.

Like the first half it was Clare who came out the better, in a ten minute window they kicked five points to build a lead, Marrinan with four along with Amy Sexton chipping in with a point, Vicky Carr ended their wait for a score but Moloney was quick to cancel that out and keep it at a five point game.

Westmeath stayed pushing as Conollly got their next score, but it would be their last until stoppage time, Clare meanwhile in another burst of scoring, found their feet to control the tie and ensure their passage to the next round.

Cliodhna Blake, Reidy and two Marrinan points, giving them the numerical advantage, Connolly would add her sixth point in added time, but it was not to be as Clare now look forward to a semi-final in two weeks.

Clare

1Amy Lenihan Goalkeeper
2Aine Keane Defender
3Siofra Ni Chonaill Defender
4Grainne Harvey Defender
5Louise Griffin Defender
6Caoimhe Harvey Defender
27Orla Devitt Defender
8Aisling Reidy Midfielder 3', 48'
9Chloe Moloney Midfielder 4'
41'
10Laurie Ryan Forward
11Fidelma Marrinan Forward 7', 9'
6', 13', 21', 30', 31', 37', 40', 47', 50'
12Amy Sexton Forward 35'
13Laura Griffey Forward
14Cliodhna Blake Forward 45'
15Caoimhe Cahill Forward
16Jenna Murphy
7Sinead Considine Defender
17Caoilinn McCormack Defender
18Caoimhe Ryan Defender
19Lyndsey Clarke Forward
20Ciara McCarthy Forward
21Lauren Conway Forward
22Megan Downes Defender
23Shauna Harvey Defender
24Emma Healy Forward
25Roisin Looney Defender
26Emer Hynes Defender
28Shauna O’Gorman Midfielder
29Rebecca Doohan Defender
30Joanna Doohan Defender

Westmeath

1Lauren McCormack Goalkeeper
2Lara McCartan Defender
3Lucy Power Defender
4Laura Kiernan Defender
5Rachel Dillon Defender 27'
6Tracey Dillon Defender
7Chloe Kelly Defender
8Vicky Carr Midfielder 41'
9Ashley Ruane Midfielder
10Kelly Boyce-Jordan Forward
11Ciara Blundell Forward
12Johanna Quinn Forward
13Sarah Dillon Forward
14Anna Jones Forward
15Aoife Connolly Forward 25', 27'
11', 15', 19', 24', 42', 60+1'
16Aoife Temple Goalkeeper
17Mary Dunne Defender
18Aoife O’Malley
19Melek Fagan Defender
20Mairéad Newman
21Caoimhe Clarke McMahon Forward
22Karen Hegarty Forward 28'
23Susanna Buckley
24Niamh Nolan
25Ciara Scally
26Annie Dolan
27Pip Ruane
28Meadbh Monaghan Forward
29Kate Whyte
30Caoimhe Kilmurray

Ground

Cusack Park
Cusack Park, Francis Street, Ennis No. 3 Urban ED, Ennis Municipal District, County Clare, Munster, V95 YR92, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.