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Collins targets improved shooting efficiency for Kildare clash

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*Colm Collins. Photograph: John Mangan

Clare have “a lot of issues” that need addressing before they take on Kildare in the second round of the Allianz National Football League.

Speaking following their one point opening round defeat to Westmeath, manager Colm Collins was particularly annoyed with their wastefulness in front of goal. They had seven wides during the contest, with some very ambitious efforts attempted in the opening half.

“I was very disappointed with our first half display especially our shot selection, you can’t expect to win a game with that type of thing happening, it’s as simple as that, we have a bit of work to do but it’s an end of January game that could have gone either way, we were disappointed we didn’t at least get a point out of it”.

Doonbeg’s David Tubridy accounted for 0-08 of their 1-11 tally last weekend and Collins is determined to see an improvement in this sector come Sunday. “We’re home to Kildare this weekend, we’ve had to sort out a lot of issues from this game. Rome wasn’t built in a day but definitely our shooting efficiency will be a lot better”.

Conall Ó hÁiniféin sustained a hamstring tear last week and is expected to miss Clare’s first home game of the 2020 League.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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