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Dublin: 6°C Thursday 26 November 2020


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Afternoon all and welcome to today’s live coverage of Wexford v Clare in the All-Ireland hurling qualifier. Here’s how the teams are named to start:

Lee Chin has been named on the Wexford bench after struggling all week with a hamstring injury. He underwent a fitness test this morning in O’Moore Park.

The national anthem is playing and we’ll be underway shortly.

There was an off-the-ball clash in the Clare defence before this one threw-in and both sets of players appear to be very amped up for this one. 

Wexford 0-0 Clare 0-1

4 mins – Tony Kelly opens the scoring for Clare with a free from way out.

Wexford 0-1 Clare 0-1

4 mins – Clare are playing with the breeze at their backs in the opening period. Into the teeth of the gale, Conor McDonald scoops the ball between the posts to level us up.

Wexford 0-2 Clare 0-2

11 mins – Paudie Foley sends over a lovely free from distance for Wexford and then sends a short-range placed ball wide, albeit he might blame the swirling wind. Cathal Malone equalised after a Clare turnover in midfield.

Wexford 0-2 Clare 0-3

15 mins – Kelly fires over another long-range effort. Then Ryan Taylor skins his marker and forces a good save from Mark Fanning.

Wexford 0-2 Clare 0-4

17 mins – Another free from Kelly edges Clare two clear at the first-half water break.

Just a reminder, this game is being streamed live on GAAGO for €5.

Wexford 0-3 Clare 0-7

20 mins – Clare are cruising now. Kelly (2), Rory O’Connor and Colin Guilfyole all add efforts for the Banner as the tide firmly swings in their favour.

Tony Kelly goes down after an off-the-ball altercation with Joe O’Connor. The referee consults his linesmen and umpires, before showing a yellow to both and then one to Clare’s David Fitzgerald.

28 mins – Confidence is oozing through Tony Kelly’s veins now as he extends the Clare lead to five from the sideline. Then Shane O’Donnell is fouled and Kelly converts the free.

Wexford 0-3 Clare 0-10

29 mins – Aidan McCarthy does it all himself and sends Clare seven ahead. Could this turn out to be Davy Fitzgerald’s final game in charge of Wexford?

Wexford 0-3 Clare 0-11

32 mins – Another remarkable score by Tony Kelly. Wexford just can’t handle the Ballyea man at all. 

Wexford 0-3 Clare 0-13

35 mins – Kelly fires over two frees in quick succession and Clare lead by 10.

HT – Wexford 0-3 Clare 0-13

Clare 0-14 Wexford 0-3

36 mins – Diarmuid Ryan arrived off the bench at half-time and he slots over an early score for Clare.

Wexford 0-3 Clare 0-15

38 mins – Tony Kelly strides through and adds another score for Clare. They’re running riot here.

Wexford 0-4 Clare 0-15

40 mins – We’re 40 minutes in and Rory O’Connor scores Wexford’s fourth point of the day. Can it spark a Wexford revival?

Wexford 0-6 Clare 0-15

45 mins – Paul Morris with a free. This is better from Wexford with the wind behind them. 

Wexford 0-7 Clare 0-15

47 mins – Morris scores another free despite Quilligan pulling it down over the crossbar. Wexford are back within eight and they’ve started to win a few battles around the field.

Rory O’Connor forces a good save from Quilligan.

Wexford 0-8 Clare 0-16

52 mins – Paudie Foley wins a break at midfield and bombs it over. Wexford are starting to score more regularly now and they’ve scored five of the last six scores. If anything the wind is getting stronger out there.

Lee Chin has been warming up on the sideline. You’d suspect it won’t be long before his introduction. 

Wexford 0-9 Clare 0-17

54 mins – Paul Morris adds another for the Model County. They’ve got plenty out shooters playing in the middle third and are finding the right men to score from distance. At the far end, Jason McCarthy extends the Clare lead.

Chin has the tracksuit top off and is about to come in for Wexford.

Clare 1-17 Wexford 0-9

57 mins – Kelly’s off the shoulder running is exceptional and after linking up with Shane O’Donnell he dispatched into the bottom corner. Meanwhile Lee Chin arrives onto the field and goes straight into full-forward for Wexford.

Wexford 0-10 Clare 1-18

59 mins – Shaun Murphy scores for Wexford. They need to add a goal soon if they’re to threaten Clare in the final 10 minutes.

Clare 1-19 Wexford 0-11

63 mins – David Fitzgerald fires one over for Clare in response before Rory O’Connr hits a wide at the far end.

Clare 1-19 Wexford 0-12

66 mins – David Dunne pulls another one back for Wexford. 

Wexford win a free on the 20m line. Mark Fanning is coming up to go for goal here…

Clare 1-19 Wexford 0-13

68 mins – Fanning is sent back as Morris taps it over after instruction from his manager.

Clare 1-19 Wexford 0-14

70 mins – Still a long way back for Wexford after Shaun Murphy’s latest score. 

We’ll have six minutes of added time.

Clare 1-19 Wexford 0-15

71 mins –It’s a seven point game after Morris fires over their fourth in succession.

Clare 1-20 Wexford 0-16

73 mins – Kelly sends over a free to bring his personal tally of 1-14. Then Paudie Foley pulls back a score for Wexford.

Clare 1-20 Wexford 0-17

75 mins –Wexford stay plugging away as we enter the final 90 seconds.

Clare 1-21 Wexford 0-17

75 mins – As Wexford push on Kelly breaks away and brings his tally to 1-15 for the day.

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