*Colm Collins and Eoin Cleary celebrate beating Cork in this year’s Munster SFC. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Last Saturday evening’s loss to Derry in Pearse Park, Longford signalled the end of Clare’s involvement in the race for Sam Maguire for 2023.
*Daniel Walsh goes to ground under pressure from Hugh McFadden. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill CLARE’S SENIOR footballers didn’t grasp the chance to bounce back in the All-Ireland series, Ger Keane analyses how the Banner’s dropping confidence, pot-shots and Donegal’s defensive structure came against them.
*Eoin Cleary leading the Clare footballers into battle. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography THIS SUNDAY, Clare are back in their first provincial final since 2012 with the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick the appointed venue after the Munster Council rejected Clare’s proposal for a home venue in Cusack Park , Ennis.
*Darren O’Neill’s half-time introduction was a turning point in the game. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill GER KEANE played a vital role when Clare’s footballers last defeated Cork in the Munster SFC, his quick free teeing up Martin Daly for the match-winning goal, Sunday’s win over the Rebels was equally as dramatic and enthralling he writes.
*Stephen Ryan brings the ball away from goal. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill WHILE the siege mentality that we expected from Clare at the weekend never materialised, the Banner’s footballers will need to find their proven resilience and defiance over the final two rounds of the Allianz National Football League if they are to have any hope …