Clara cruise as Murphy strikes

Clara (Kilkenny) 3-20 Oylegate/Glenbrien (Wexford) 0-5
Clara coasted to an easy win in the Leinster Club IHC final at Nowlan Park yesterday, the Oylegate side not helping their cause by having four men dismissed for second-yellow card offences.

Clara hit unanswered points from Keith Hogan (2), James Nolan, Conor Phelan and Liam Ryan in the opening eight minutes and once Austin Murphy scored the first goal in the 20th minute to open up a 1-8 to 0-3 lead, there was no way back for Oylegate.

Scorers for Clara: K Hogan 0-9 (9f); B O’Shea 2-0; Li Ryan 0-4; A Murphy 1-0; K Phelan 0-2; Le Ryan, C Phelan, C Bolger, J Nolan, T Ryan 0-1 each.

Scorer for Oylegate/Glenbrien: F Doran 0-5 (5f).

CLARA:K Nolan; T Ryan, J Phelan, S O’Shea; N Prendergast, S Prendergast, D Langton; J Langton, Le Ryan; C Phelan, A Murphy, Li Ryan; B O’Shea, J Nolan, K Hogan.

Subs: C O’Shea for J Langton, K Phelan for A Murphy (both 47); C Bolger for K Hogan; C Prendergast for J Nolan (both 48); D Nolan for N Prendergast (51).

OYLEGATE/GLENBRIEN: M Shiggins; A Nolan, F Heffernan, R O’Connor; D O’Mahoney, M Heffernan, P O’Mahoney; F Doran, J Reck; J Foley, P Nolan, MJ Reck; M Kavanagh, E O’Mahoney, P Doran.

Subs: A Murphy for P O’Mahoney (inj 7); J McCormack for P Doran (ht); P O’Connor for J Foley; B Doran for M Kavanagh (both 48); B McCormack for D O’Mahoney (52).

Referee: P Murphy (Carlow).

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