INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan Clare's Peter Duggan and Richie Kehoe of Wexford.

As it happened: Clare v Wexford, All-Ireland senior hurling qualifier

The Banner and the Model County clashed in Thurles. Here’s how it all unfolded.

There was an All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-final place at stake in Semple Stadium this evening.

Clare and Wexford clashed in Phase 3 of the hurling qualifiers.

We followed the action all the way.

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RESULT: Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20

Hello and welcome along to this evening’s coverage of the Phase 3 hurling qualifier between Clare and Wexford. Who’s going to book their spot in the All-Ireland quarter-finals and who’s going to exit the 2013 championship? Throw in is at 5pm.

Here’s the Wexford team that’s named to start today. They’ve made four changes from the victory over Carlow last time out.

Keith Rossiter, Andrew Shore, David Redmond and Eoin Quigley all come into the team.

The players to make way are Michael O’Regan, Harry Kehoe, Shaun Murphy and Lee Chin.

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning (Glynn-Barntown); Eoin Moore (Oulart-the-Ballagh), Tomas Waters (St Martin’s), Bobby Kenny (Buffers Alley); Richie Kehoe (Faythe Harriers), Keith Rossiter (Oulart-The-Ballagh), Ciaran Kenny (Buffers Alley); Andrew Shore (Parnells), David Redmond (Oulart-The-Ballagh); Paul Morris (Ferns), Eoin Quigley (Sarsfields – Cork), Gareth Sinnott (Oulart-the-Ballagh, captain; Rory Jacob (Oulart-the-Ballagh), Jack Guiney (Rathnure), Podge Doran (Oylegate-Glenbrien)

Here’s the Clare team that is named to start, unchanged from last week’s victory over Laois.

CLARE: Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); Domhnall O’Donovan (Clonlara), David McInerney (Tulla), Cian Dillon (Crusheen); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Patrick Donnellan (O’Callaghan Mills), Patrick O’Connor (Tubber); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Colin Ryan (Newmarket-on-Fergus); John Conlon (Clonlara), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin); Padraic Collins (Cratloe), Darach Honan (Clonlara), Conor McGrath (Cratloe).

This will be only the fourth championship meeting between the counties. They first met in the All-Ireland qualifiers in 2002 when Clare won on a 3-15 to 3-7 scoreline in Portlaoise.
The counties also met in the 2005 and 2006 All-Ireland quarter-finals in Croke Park which Clare won easily by 1-20 to 0-12 (2005) and by 1-27 to 1-15 (2006).

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald was in action in that game in 2006 for the Banner. Here he is with current Wexford attacker Rory Jacob after that game.

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Clare with change of strip today, all blue with saffron sleeve-stripe.

We’re ten minutes away from throw-in so let us know your predictions as to who is going to win this clash.

Can Wexford build on Wednesday’s brilliant Leinster U21 hurling final win over Kilkenny? Or will Clare continue their recovery from their Munster semi-final loss to Cork?

Clare are strong favourites to win this match and certainly Wexford are going to need to improve on their performance against Carlow last time out.

Wexford are wearing all purple jerseys for this evening’s game.

One late change to the Clare team with Shane O’Donnell coming in at full-forward for Darach Honan.

The game is under way in Semple Stadium.

Clare 0-1 Wexford 0-0: 1 mins – Clare go into an early lead with Colin Ryan pointing a free after Shane O’Donnell was fouled.

Clare 0-2 Wexford 0-0: 2 mins – Ryan on target again with a long distance free. Clare starting brightly.

Clare 0-2 Wexford 0-1: 4 mins – Jack Guiney pulls a point back for Wexford to cut the gap to the minimum.

Clare 0-2 Wexford 0-2: 5 mins – Now Wexford are level with Guiney pointing a free. They’ve settled into this game.

Interesting inclusion on the Wexford substitutes is number 26 Lee Chin.

Wexford Subs: 16. Niall Breen, 17. Harry Kehoe, 18. Michael O’Regan, 19. Gary Moore, 20. Eoin Doyle, 21. PJ Nolan, 22. Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, 23. James Tonks, 24. Benny Jordan, 25. Conor McDonald, 26. Lee Chin.

Here’s the Clare subs for tonight’s game.

Clare subs: Donal Tuohy, Conor Cooney, Seadna Morey, Conor Ryan, Liam Markham, Nicky O’Connell, Fergal Lynch, Jonathan Clancy, Aaron Cunningham, Paul Flanagan.

Wexford 0-3 Clare 0-2: 7 mins – Captain Garrett Sinnott nudges Wexford ahead with a neat point from play.

Seadna Morey in as a blood sub for Clare with Pat Donnellan gone off.

Wexford captain Garrett Sinnott

Clare’s John Conlon strikes a wide. Inaccurate shooting has been a problem at stages for the Clare hurlers this season.

Diarmuid Kirwan of Cork is the referee for this evening’s game.

Goal for Clare from Shane O’Donnell!

Clare 1-2 Wexford 0-3: 14 mins – Clare have hit the net through Shane O’Donnell. Huge boost for them.

O’Donnell was a late inclusion to the Banner attack instead of Darach Honan. The Éire Óg clubman has showcased his goal threat since joining up with the senior side this year as he found the net against Cork in the league and against Waterford in the Munster quarter-final.

For a player that was in the minor ranks last year, O’Donnell has stepped up splendidly to senior level and looks a great asset in front of goal for Davy Fitzgerald’s side.

Clare 1-4 Wexford 0-3: 16 mins – Colin Ryan fires over a ’65 for Clare and then Tony Kelly taps over from play to send them four points clear.

That could have been a second goal for Clare before Tony Kelly pointed as Conor McGrath was close to finding the net before being crowded out by the Wexford rearguard.

Clare goalscorer Shane O’Donnell (File photo)
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Podge Doran had a fine chance to grab a goal in reply for Wexford but he failed to find the net.

Clare 1-5 Wexford 0-3: 19 mins – Now O’Donnell has grabbed a point for Clare to extend their lead.

Clare 1-5 Wexford 0-4: 21 mins – Wexford hanging in there with U21 star Jack Guiney firing over a point.

It’s a baking hot day in Thurles. The heat is sure to be a factor as this game goes on.

Clare 1-6 Wexford 0-4: 27 mins – Colin Ryan’s fourth point of the game sends Clare into a five-point lead.

Clare 1-7 Wexford 0-4: 28 mins – And Ryan floats over another point confidently from the right wing after Domhnall O’Donovan and Padraic Collins transferred the ball swiftly upfield.

Clare 1-8 Wexford 0-5: 28 mins – Wexford hit back through David Redmond after he was fed by midfield partner Andrew Shore. But then Tony Kelly sweeps over a point from resultant puckout for Clare.

Yellow card for Wexford’s Tomas Waters. There’s a stoppage at the moment as medics treat Clare’s Shane O’Donnell.

Penalty for Clare as a result.

The penalty by Tony Kelly is saved!

Clare 1-9 Wexford 0-5: 33 mins – Clare grab a point through Brendan Bugler after they work the ball back out but they will be disappointed not to have found the net on that occasion.

Clare 1-9 Wexford 0-6: 33 mins – Jack Guiney fires over a free for Wexford as Gary Moore replaces Eoin Quigley on their team. Moore was part of the triumphant U21 team on Wednesday night.

Two minutes of additional time will be played.

Clare wides from Padraic Collins and Colin Ryan. They still lead by six points.

Clare 1-9 Wexford 0-7: 36 mins – An important point for Wexford from a Jack Guiney free.

Clare 1-10 Wexford 0-7: 37 mins – Colin Ryan snaps over a free for Clare after John Conlon was hauled down.

Half-Time: Clare 1-10 Wexford 0-7: The Banner lead by six points at the interval in Thurles.

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell scores a goal
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We’ll be back shortly with the second-half action.

We’re back under way for the second-half.

Clare 1-10 Wexford 0-8: 38 mins – The U21 players in the Wexford attack combine well with Jack Guiney fetching in the air and passing to Gary Moore who splits the posts.

Clare 1-11 Wexford 0-8: 39 mins – Clonlara’s John Conlon restores Clare’s six point lead.

Jack Guiney sees his effort from a free strike the upright and go wide for Wexford while Tony Kelly fires a wide for Clare at the other end.

Clare 1-12 Wexford 0-9: 43 mins – Clare’s Padraic Collins and Wexford’s Paul Morris exchange points. Clare doing enough to keep Wexford at bay at the moment.

Clare 1-12 Wexford 0-10: 44 mins – Another fine point for Wexford from Paul Morris.

Clare 1-13 Wexford 0-10: 45 mins – But Clare hit back through a point from Tony Kelly.

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Clare 1-13 Wexford 0-11: 46 mins – The ball eludes Clare’s Cian Dillon and finds it’s way to Wexford’s Podge Doran and he puts the ball over the bar.

Wexford’s Eoin Moore is booked.

Clare 1-14 Wexford 0-11: 48 mins – Clare increase the gap to six points again through a score from Colin Ryan after John Conlon was fouled.

You get the sense that Wexford are going to need a goal here if they are to stage a successful comeback.

20 yard free in for Wexford, will they go for goal?

Jack Guiney’s shot is saved and Cian Dillon clears for Clare.

Clare 1-14 Wexford 0-12: 53 mins – But Ciaran Kenny does fire over a point for Wexford.

Seadna Morey replaces Colm Galvin on the Clare team.

Clare 1-15 Wexford 0-12: 55 mins – John Conlon despatches the ball between the posts and Clare are six ahead again in this match.

Clare 1-15 Wexford 0-13: 56 mins – David Redmond fires over his second point of the game for Wexford.

The teams are trading points in a regular pattern but Wexford cannot get closer to Clare on the scoreboard. 12 minutes remaining.

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Clare 1-15 Wexford 0-14: 59 mins – Guiney cuts the gap to four points with a free for Wexford.

Clare 1-15 Wexford 0-15: 60 mins – Podge Doran points for Wexford after Conor McGrath’s goalbound shot for Clare was blocked at the other end.

Aaron Cunningham is on for the Banner.

Wexford are really growing into this game now.

Another great save by Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning to deny Clare’s Shane O’Donnell from finding the net.

Clare 1-16 Wexford 0-15: 63 mins – Vital point for Clare from Seadna Morey.

Clare 1-17 Wexford 0-15: 64 mins – And that’s another important score for Clare as Tony Kelly points. That gives them breathing space.

Eoin Doyle is on for Wexford instead of Tomas Waters.

Cathal McInerney comes on for Clare instead of Shane O’Donnell.

Colin Ryan shoots another wide for Clare, that’s their 13th of the game.

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Clare’s David McInerney is booked.

Clare 1-17 Wexford 0-16: 67 mins – Jack Guiney blasts the ball over the bar from a free for Wexford.

PJ Nolan and Conor McDonald are on for Wexford instead of Padge Doran and Harry Kehoe.

Wexford’s Garrett Sinnott is booked.

Clare’s Tony Kelly is shown a yellow card. Fergal Lynch replaces John Conlon on the Clare team while Nicky O’Connell comes on for Colin Ryan.

Clare 1-17 Wexford 0-17: 72 mins – Conor McDonald points for Wexford.

Goal for Wexford!

Clare 1-17 Wexford 1-17: 73 mins – Jack Guiney ties the teams as he crashes the ball to the net!

Full-Time: Clare 1-17 Wexford 1-17: Extra time beckons.

What an incredible finish to this game. Jack Guiney did brilliantly to field a high ball, turned and despite being under defensive pressure, he fired the ball past Clare’s Patrick Kelly.

Clare looked like they had this game sewn up during the second-half as they lead by six points on a few occasions but Wexford hung in there. How important were Mark Fanning’s saves from Conor McGrath and Shane O’Donnell.

This is going to be a real test now for both teams given the warm weather in Thurles.

And extra-time is underway.

Jack Guiney an early chance to put Wexford ahead but he fires wide from a free.

Clare 1-18 Wexford 1-17: 73 mins – Colin Ryan converts a ’65 for Clare.

Goal chance for Clare by Cathal McInerney but he fails to shoot cleanly.

Clare 1-19 Wexford 1-17: 74 mins – Yet Clare do get on the scoreboard courtesy of a Colin Ryan point from play.

Cathal McInerney goal for Clare!

Clare 2-19 Wexford 1-17: 75 mins – Cathal McInerney finds the net for Clare and they’re gone five points clear now.

Michael O’Regan on for Garrett Sinnott for Wexford.

Clare 2-20 Wexford 1-17: 77 mins – Cathal McInerney points for the Banner.

Clare 3-20 Wexford 1-18: 78 mins – Another Clare goal by McInerney and Guiney points for Wexford.

Half-Time – (Extra-Time): Clare 3-20 Wexford 1-18: The Banner are really in control here at the midway mark of extra-time.

And it’s Cratloe’s Cathal McInerney who’s made a major impression as he has struck 2-1 from play for Clare.

Clare 3-21 Wexford 1-18: 82 mins – Aaron Cunningham pushes Clare into a nine-point lead as he raises a white flag with a shot from the left wing.

Clare 3-22 Wexford 1-19: 82 mins – Gary Moore for Wexford and John Conlon for Clare swap points.

Clare 3-22 Wexford 1-20: 85 mins – Jack Guiney points for Clare.

Clare 3-23 Wexford 1-20: 85 mins – Colin Ryan points for Clare.

That Colin Ryan point was from a free.

Jack Guiney smashes a shot against the bar for Wexford.

Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20: 89 mins – Tony Kelly fires a penalty over the bar for Clare with Bobby Kenny sent-off for Wexford after being shown a second yellow card.

Full-Time: Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20: All over in Thurles.

Big win for Clare in the end with Cathal McInerney’s two goals helping them take over in extra-time. They showed ruthlessness to put the game to bed after Wexford had hauled themselves back into contention with Jack Guiney’s late goal.

Clare move into the All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-finals on July 28th while Wexford reach the end of the road for the 2013 championship. That’s all from us for this game, thanks for joining us.

Repeat pairings not allowed for All-Ireland hurling quarter-final draw

Here’s that amazing sideline cut by Wexford U21 hurler Gary Moore

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