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Harnett return a timely boost for Clare

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*Kevin Harnett. Photograph: Raymond O’Mahony

Kevin Harnett has regained his place on the Clare senior football team just over a month after breaking a bone in his cheek.

Colm Collins had made just one change to the Banner side that travel to Portlaoise on Sunday. Meelick’s Harnett comes in for the Conall Ó hÁiniféin who was forced off with a shoulder injury in their one point win over Westmeath last weekend.

A further boost sees former minor captain, Dermot Coughlan included in the championship squad for the first time this year. The Kilmurry Ibrickane forward underwent surgery on a broken ankle at the beginning of February having suffered the injury in the opening minute of the Allianz National League draw with Armagh.

Should Clare overcome Meath in O’Moore Park, they will qualify for the Super 8s for the first time and will be paired alongside Donegal, Kerry and the winners of Galway v Mayo.

Meath boss Andy McEntee has also named his starting fifteen which includes twelve players that started in the Royal County’s six point League win over Clare played in Cusack Park on St Patrick’s Day.

Clare:
1: Stephen Ryan (Kilrush Shamrocks)
2: Dean Ryan (Na Fianna)
3: Cillian Brennan (Clondegad)
4: Gordon Kelly (St Josephs Miltown)
5: Kevin Harnett (Meelick)
6: Aaron Fitzgerald (Éire Óg)
7: Sean Collins (Cratloe)
8: Gary Brennan (Clondegad)
9: Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen)
10: Sean O’Donoghue (Cooraclare)
11: Eoin Cleary (St Josephs Miltown)
12: Jamie Malone (Corofin)
13: Gavin Cooney (Éire Óg)
14: David Tubridy (Doonbeg)
15: Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora)

Meath:
1: Andrew Colgan (Donaghmore/Ashbourne)
2: Seamus Lavin (St Peter’s Dunboyne)
3: Conor McGill (Rathoath)
4: Shane Gallagher (Sarsfields Ballerin)
5: Donal Keogan (Rathkenny)
6: Padraic Harnan (Moynalvey)
7: Gavin McCoy (St Peter’s Dunboyne)
8: Bryan Menton (Donaghmore/Ashbourne)
9: Shane McEntee (St Peter’s Dunboyne)
10: Ben Brennan (St Colmcilles)
11: Bryan McMahon (Rathoath)
12: Graham Reilly (St Colmcilles)
13: Cillian O’Sullivan (Moynalvey)
14: Michael Newman (Kilmainham)
15: James Conlon (St Colmcilles)

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, 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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