*Manus Doherty. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

COLM COLLINS has named his starting fifteen for Clare’s opening game in the 2022 Allianz National Football League.

Manus Doherty, a Clare SFC winner with Éire Óg in 2021 has been handed a starting jersey and is line to make his first appearance in the Allianz National Football League. Doherty is named in the full-back line alongside Cillian Brennan and Cillian Rouine, all of which are under the age of twenty five.

Doherty’s clubmate Ciaran Russell was given an extended break from the inter-county panel but lined out in recent challenge matches. He is to start at centre back flanked by North Clare duo Cian O’Dea and Alan Sweeney.

David Tubridy is named at corner forward, the experienced Doonbeg man is the top scorer in the history of the NFL. Pacy Aaron Griffin and the talented Keelan Sexton complete the full-forward line.

Among the subs, Kilmihil’s Dan Keating plus Éire Óg duo Ronan Lanigan and Mark McInerney if introduced will make their Allianz NFL bows.

Collins is without the injured trio of Sean Collins, Kevin Harnett and Dermot Coughlan.

Offaly manager, John Maughan has included five U20 All-Ireland winners in his matchday twenty six. Shamrocks Jack Bryant has been named at full forward, while Cormac Egan, Lee Pearson, Morgan Tynan and Kieran Dolan are included on the bench. In all the team shows seven changes from the one that lined out against Kildare in the Leinster Championship last July. Niall McNamee who returns for his nineteenth year with the Offaly seniors is included among their substitutes.

Clare take on Offaly at 2pm this Sunday in Cusack Park.

1: Stephen Ryan (Kilrush Shamrocks)

2: Manus Doherty (Éire Óg)
3: Cillian Brennan (Clondegad)
4: Cillian Rouine (Ennistymon)

5: Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora)
6: Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg)
7: Alan Sweeney (St Breckans)

8: Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen)
9: Darren O’Neill (Éire Óg)

10: Darragh Bohannon (Shannon Gaels)
11: Eoin Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown)
12: Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare)

13: Aaron Griffin (Lissycasey)
14: Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
15: David Tubridy (Doonbeg)

16: Tristan O’Callaghan (St Breckans)
17: Eoghan Collins (Ballyhaunis)
18: Padraic ‘Podge’ Collins (Cratloe)
19: Gavin Cooney (Éire Óg)
20: Ciaran Downes (Kilmihil)
21: Dan Keating (Kilmihil)
22: Ronan Lanigan (Éire Óg)
23: Jamie Malone (Corofin)
24: Emmet McMahon (Kildysart)
25: Mark McInerney (Éire Óg)
26: Daniel Walsh (Kilmurry Ibrickane)

1: Paddy Dunican (Shamrocks)

2: Declan Hogan (Tullamore)
3: James Lalor (Raheen)
4: Niall Darby (Rhode)

5: Ciaran Donnelly (Bracknagh)
6: Johnny Maloney (c) (Tullamore)
7: Cian Donohoe (St Brigid’s)

8: Jordan Hayes (Edenderry)
9: Cathal Mangan (Kilclonfert)

10: Bill Carroll (Capincur)
11: Anton Sullivan (Rhode)
12: Dylan Hyland (Raheen)

13: Bernard Allen (Tubber)
14: Jack Bryant (Shamrocks)
15: Ruairi McNamee (Rhode)

16: Ian Duffy (Walsh Island)
17: Niall McNamee (Rhode)
18: Cormac Egan (Tullamore)
19: Lee Pearson (Edenderry)
20: Aaron Leavy (Tullamore)
21: Morgan Tynan (Ballingar)
22: Colm Doyle (Clara)
23: David Dempsey (Ballycommon)
24: Joseph O’Connor (St Rynagh’s)
25: Kieran Dolan (Shamrocks)
26: Rory Egan (Edenderry)


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