Mayo v Clare

Mayo versus Clare tops the bill in the football qualifiers, as the Dublin hurlers travel to Thurles

Eamon Donoghue Sat, Jul 8
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  • Hello and Welcome . . .  A busy evening of football and hurling lies ahead. Mayo and Clare tops the bill in the football qualifiers, with Meath and Donegal also catching the eye.

    Meanwhile, the Dublin hurlers take on All-Ireland champions Tipperary in Thurles.

    We'll keep you updated throughout, and be sure to get in touch, via either the comments section ('Contact Us') or on Twitter (@DonoghueEamon).
  • All-Ireland SHC Qualifier Round 2
    Waterford v Kilkenny Semple Stadium, 7pm
    Tipperary v Dublin, Semple Stadium, 5pm

    All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 3A
    Clare v Mayo, Cusack Park, 5pm
    Meath v Donegal, Pairc Tailteann, 6pm

    All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2B
    Westmeath  v Armagh, TEG Cusack Park, 7pm

    Wexford 1-10 Monaghan 3-23
    Carlow 2-14 Leitrim 0-13
    Cavan 0-18 Tipperary 2-15

  • Team news:

    MAYO: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Ger Cafferkey, Chris Barrett; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan; Seamus O'Shea, Aidan O'Shea; Keith Higgins, Diarmuid O'Connor; Kevin McLoughlin, Cillian O'Connor, Andy Moran, Conor Loftus.

    CLARE:  Joe Hayes; Gordon Kelly, Kevin Harnett, Dean Ryan; Pearse Lillis, Martin McMahon, Ciaran Russell; Gary Brennan, Cathal O'Connor; Cian O'Dea, Sean Collins, Jamie Malone; Keelan Sexton, Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy.

  • Two late changes on the Mayo team. Tom Parsons is reportedly feeling unwell and is replaced by Keith Higgins. So Aidan O'Shea is likely to drop back to midfield.

    What a key area that'll be, as he takes on Gary Brennan in the midfield battle.

    And Andy Moran comes in for Fergal Boland in the forward line.

  • TEAM NEWS - around the grounds . . .  

    WESTMEATH:  Darren Quinn; Mark McCallon, Kevin Maguire, Jamie Gonoud; David Lynch, Frank Boyle, James Dolan; Paul Sharry, Ger Egan; John Egan, Kieran Martin, Sam Duncan; Kelvin Reilly, John Heslin, Killian Daly.

    ARMAGH:  Blaine Hughes; Aaron McKay, Charlie Vernon, Paul Hughes; Aidan Forker, Brendan Donaghy, James Morgan; Stephen Sheridan, Niall Grimley; Ciaran O'Hanlon, Anthony Duffy, Rory Grugan; Jamie Clarke, Andrew Murnin, Gavin McParland.

  • DONEGAL:  Mark Anthony McGinley; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Caolan Ward; Ryan McHugh, Frank McGlynn, Eoghan Ban Gallagher; Jason McGee, Ciaran Thompson; Jamie Brennan, Martin O'Reilly, Eoin McHugh; Paddy McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Hugh McFadden.

    MEATH: Paddy O'Rourke, Donal Keogan, Conor McGill, Mickey Burke, Padraic Harnan, Brian Power, Shane McEntee, Bryan Menton, Ronan Jones, James McEntee, Cillian O'Sullivan, Ruairi O Coileain, Graham Reilly, Sean Tobin, Donal Lenihan.

  • National anthem time in Ennis. Conditions are perfect. Mayo were far from impressive in their win over Derry last time out, but they'll be happy to keep grinding out wins in the qualifiers. As they did last year.  

    They'll have to match Clare's appetite. And the midfield battle will be crucial. I'm predicting a Mayo victory.

  • Clare 0-0 Mayo 0-1 (1') What a start. Big Aidan grabs the throw in. They work it inside to Andy Moran who scores on the turn. Game on!
  • Clare 0-1 Mayo 0-1 (4')  Gary Brennan makes a burst through the middle (his athleticism will cause Aidan O'Shea big problems) and he is eventually dragged down by Donal Vaughan. The Mayo man picks up a black card and Clare get underway from the throw in. Vaughan took one for the team there.

    Stephen Coen comes on for Mayo.

  • Seamus Callanan with the goal for Tipperary  
  • Clare 0-2 Mayo 0-1 (7')  Clare remain very patient with possession. A long ball is well tapped down by Brennan, but they come out with it again, before Keelan Sexton is fouled.  

    David Tubridy taps over his second free.

  • Clare 0-3 Mayo 0-1 (9')  Brilliant work by Sexton in the corner, he lays it off to Gary Brennan, who again is coming through the centre like a train. And the big number eight floats over a nice point.  

    Down the other end and Cillian O'Connor misses a quite straightforward free.

  • Clare 0-4 Mayo 0-1 (13')  Clare are so full of running, they are well worth their three point lead. A long range free is scuffed, but it's touched on the ground from a Mayo hand and Tubridy scores the resultant 21m free.
  • Jamie Malone makes a massive run, but instead of passing it, he goes for the glory and David Clarke makes a brilliant save. Clare's off the shoulder running is ripping Mayo apart.
  • Clare 0-5 Mayo 0-1 (16')  Jamie Malone curls over a lovely score from the right corner. Four points in it now.
  • Clare 0-6 Mayo 0-2 (20')  Clare again bomb in a high ball to Gary Brennan around the square. It goes out for a 45' and Sexton nails it.  

    Down the other end and Aidan O'Shea makes an excellent catch, it's quickly worked inside to Kevin McLoughlin and he gets Mayo's first point in 19 minutes.

  • Clare 0-6 Mayo 0-4 (22')  Seamie O'Shea has had a powerful few minutes. His run makes space for Diarmuid O'Connor, who in-turn ghosts inside and blasts a shot at goal - which is saved but still goes over the bar.

    Before Andy Moran heads a handpassing move which ends in a Lee Keegan fisted point.

  • Clare 0-7 Mayo 0-4 (25')  Clare's support play is outstanding. They remain patient, Sean Collins spreads it, Eoin Cleary does well in the right corner and works it back to Gary Brennan. He draws in the Mayo defenders and then pops off to Collins for a tap over point.
  • Throw ball between Aidan O'Shea and Gary Brennan which the Mayo man catches, but the resultant Mayo attack comes to nothing after a sloppy handpass
  • Clare 0-8 Mayo 0-5 (34')  Seaxton's second point, he's been excellent.  

    Lee Keegan then makes a massive break, instead of taking his point however he plays a lovely pass inside to Andy Moran. And the experienced full forward shoots on the turn for a point, when a goal might have been on.

  • Clare 0-8 Mayo 0-6 (35')  Andy Moran gets his third point, an excellent score from the right corner after good work by Conor Loftus
  • HT Clare 0-8 Mayo 0-6 - An entertaining, open game of football. Clare's workrate and support play has been outstanding.  

    Mayo will need to up it in the second half, playing into the breeze too.

  • Andy Moran has been excellent with three points but the Mayo forward play has been clueless. There's been no link up play between them and little work rate.  

    Lee Keegan as ever has been driving forward, and Aidan O'Shea has had some big catches. Gary Brennan though has been at the heart of every Clare attack and his midfield partner Cathal O'Connor has had a good 35 minutes also.  

    Clare's general support play from 1-15 however has been excellent. And Mayo need to step up their workrate as Clare are growing in confidence.

  • Clare 0-8 Mayo 0-6 (35') Second half underway. Mayo again win the throw in, they were out early for the second half, doing a few runs.  
  • Clare 0-8 Mayo 0-7 (35') Straight from the throw in again. Kevin McLoughlin is at the end of a sharp attack to make it a one point game
  • McLoughlin makes a great run, the Mayo forwards spread to the wings and open it up for him, he keeps going but Joe Hayes at full stretch denies him a goal, saving with his foot.  
  • Clare 0-8 Mayo 0-7 (41') Ciaran Russell replaced by Mayo native Eoghan Collins after a black card for some off the ball niggle with Colm Boyle
  • Clare 0-8 Mayo 1-7 (42') MAYO GOAL. A gift. A Clare free out of defence is cut out and Cillian O'Connor is found all on his own inside.  

    He buries it, as you'd expect.

  • Clare 0-8 Mayo 2-7 (43') A brilliant Mayo goal. Soft hands and great diagonal running. Cillian finds his brother Diarmuid who roofs the net. Mayo have really upped their energy and intensity levels this second half.  
  • Clare 0-9 Mayo 2-7 (47') Ger Cafferkey is turned over coming out and forced to foul Cleary. Tubridy scores the free, Clare's first of the half.
  • Clare 0-9 Mayo 2-8 (50') Keith Higgins, on the run, scores a beautiful point. Mayo have gone into fifth gear here and Clare can't live with it.  

    After last weekend's extra time win, do they have the enrgy levels to keep it going though.

  • Clare 0-9 Mayo 2-9 (52') McLoughlin is fouled and Cillian O'Connor gets the free.  
  • Clare 0-9 Mayo 2-10 (56') Cillian O'Connor curls over a long range free. `Mayo, Mayo, Mayo' rings out around Cusack Park.
  • Clare 0-10 Mayo 2-11 (58') Cleary curls over a free to keep Clare in touch.  

    Down the other end and Cillian O'Connor does likewise after Evan Regan is pulled back.  

  • Clare 0-10 Mayo 2-12 (61') Big Aidan breaks three tackles, plays a one-two. Walks through two more defneders and takes his point.

  • Clare 0-10 Mayo 2-13 (64') Aidan O'Shea starting to tire. Mayo move him inside and he makes a big catch and wins a free. Cillian O'Connor scores the free.

  • Clare 0-11 Mayo 2-13 (65') Clare get their third point of the second half. Much like the Kerry defeat, they are unable to follow up on a strong first half showing.

  • Clare 0-12 Mayo 2-13 (68') Cleary gets another point, he's been excellent.  

    Four minutes of injury time to be played.
  • Clare 0-13 Mayo 2-13 (71') A nice free from 30m from Tubridy. He's been very accurate from placed balls

  • Clare 0-13 Mayo 2-14 (75')  Lots of off the ball stuff, and fouling, slowing things down in injury time. Cillian O'Connor gets his fifth free.  

  • FT Clare 0-13 Mayo 2-13 - That's that. Clare unable to bring the same energy and concentration to the second half. Mayo's leaders stood up and their summer continues.

  • Man of the match, Aidan O'Shea: "The double goal after half time saw us through. That extra pass, and a bit more composure and thankfully we took the chances today."
  • So that's that . . .  We'll be switching over to the hurling blog in a matter of minutes. Stay tuned on the site for match reports and reaction from the football.

    Until then, thanks for joining us.  

    Clare 0-13 Mayo 2-13