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Munster GAA round-up: Defeats for Kerry in hurling and football as Paul Galvin's retirement is confirmed

Updated: Sunday, 10 Jan 2016 23:39 | Comments

Cathal O'Connor was a match-winner for Clare's footballers
Cathal O'Connor was a match-winner for Clare's footballers

Clare are through to the McGrath Cup final in Munster after a rare win over Kerry, who were playing in front of their home fans at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

The Banner trailed by four at the break, 0-07 to 0-03, but five points on the bounce after the interval put them ahead.

An experimental Kingdom side got back level at 0-8 apiece, but were unable to stop Clare, inspired by man of the match Cathal O’Connor, winning 0-12 to 0-09.

Kerry were beaten in last year’s All-Ireland final by Dublin. Their last game before a League opener against the Dubs in Division 1 at Croke Park under lights on Saturday, 30 January will be against Tipperary in the McGrath Cup next Sunday.

After today's encounter, Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice confirmed that Paul Galvin's days in the Kingdom jersey are over. He told reporters: "Paul won’t be back. He is finished up. He got married, is moving back to Dublin. Other than that everyone else will be back."

Clare can’t be caught in Group A, but with several games to still be played in Group B, which contains Cork, Limerick and Waterford, they will have to wait to find out their final opponents.

Just one game took place in the Munster Senior Hurling League on Sunday with Cork claiming a 1-20 to 0-18 win over Kerry at Mallow.

Cork led by 1-11 to 0-09 at half-time, with Luke O’Farrell netting a goal in the opening 10 minutes.

Kerry had the Rebels on the rocks, and trailed by three points with 14 minutes remaining.

The visitors worked hard, and were awarded a penalty, but crucially Mickey Boyle missed and Cork held out for victory.

Both teams finished with 14 men after red cards for Darren Dineen and Alan Cadogan.

The other game between Waterford and Limerick due for Carriagnore has been postponed due to the bad weather and will take place on Tuesday night at 7.30pm at the same venue.

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