Tony Kelly struck a hat-trick of goals as Clare dispatched Dublin (5-26 to 2-17) at the TUS Gaelic Grounds this afternoon to advance the All-Ireland senior hurling championship’s last four.
Kelly’s goal three minutes in gave the Banner men a dream start to this quarter-final tie ahead, but Dublin recovered well and had the lead on 17 minutes thanks to Darragh Power’s goal.
A Mark Rodgers goal was the Clare response before they lost John Conlon to injury on 24 minutes, as Paul Flanagan came on in the centre-back's place, and they’d finish out the half in strong fashion with Kelly bagging his second major and a quick 1-1 from Shane O’Donnell sending them towards a 4-8 to 1-8 half-time lead.
Kelly completed his hat-trick with two minutes of the resumption and frees from Rodgers and Kelly would stretch the margin out to 14 points.
Dublin got a goal back via Alex Considine but the one-way traffic continued from Brian Lohan’s charges as Rodgers’ frees kept the scoreboard ticking over for them, with the final margin at 18 and a semi-final spot against Kilkenny on July 9th safely secured.Tweet