*Photograph: Gerard O’Neill. 

ELEVEN changes have been made to the Clare senior hurling team for Saturday’s final round robin tie in the Allianz National Hurling League.

Conn Smyth and Ross Hayes will make their first starts in the competition with the Feakle and Crusheen men named at in the half-back line. John Conneally’s lack of game time thus far in the league has been a surprise and the Clooney/Quin man is entrusted with the full-back spot where he will be flanked by Rory Hayes and Conor Leen.

Eibhear Quilligan returns between the posts while Ross Hayes has been rewarded to get the nod at wing back with Cian Galvin moving from midfield to wing back.

Seadna Morey is to partner Darragh Lohan in the middle of the park.

Killanena’s Keith Smyth is the only member of the Clare attack retained from last weekend, Ian Galvin and Shane Meehan have been added to the full-forward line with an all-new trio in the half-forward line as Gearoid Sheedy, David Conroy and Patrick Crotty enter the fray.

There is the prospect of debutants playing from the bench with Brian Lohan and his management adding Dylan McMahon, Killian O’Connor, Cian Barron, Éanna Crimmins and Colm O’Meara to the substitutes.

Clare face Offaly at 3pm in St Brendan’s Park, Birr where a win would secure their place as leaders in Division 1A.

Clare:
1. Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle)

2. Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones)
3. John Conneally (Clooney/Quin)
4. Conor Leen (Corofin)

5. Ross Hayes (Crusheen)
6. Conn Smyth (Feakle)
7. Cian Galvin (Clarecastle)

8. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
9. Darragh Lohan (Wolfe Tones)

10. Gearoid Sheedy (Ogonnelloe)
11. Davie Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield)
12. Patrick Crotty (Scariff)

13. Keith Smyth (Killanena)
14. Ian Galvin (Clonlara)
15. Shane Meehan (Banner)

16. Eamonn Foudy (Inagh/Kilnamona)
17. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown)
18. Dylan McMahon (Clonlara)
19. Killian O’Connor (Corofin)
20. Paddy Donnellan (Broadford)
21. Jack Kirwan (Parteen-Meelick)
22. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones)
23. David Reidy (Éire Óg)
24. Cian Barron (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield)
25. Éanna Crimmins (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
26. Colm O’Meara (Clonlara)

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