*Joe McGann. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

CLARE’S senior football team shows two changes to take on neighbours Limerick this Saturday evening.

Injury forces Éinne O’Connor out of the Clare side with the reshuffle of Ikem Ugwueru to wing back allowing Dermot Coughlan slot in at wing forward having missed out on their comprehensive win over Wicklow last week.

Joe McGann has been handed a first start of this year’s National Football League. The Doolin man had been travelling at the beginning of 2024 but was introduced as a substitute in the second half last weekend. His return sees Shane Griffin drop to the bench.

There’s been some alterations to the Clare attack with Cormac Murray fresh from kicking two goals last weekend named at centre forward and Emmet McMahon handed the number thirteen jersey.

Elsewhere Mark Fitzgerald and his management keep everything as is. It will be the first time Fitzgerald comes up against Limerick since he departed as manager following last year’s championship.

Limerick are bidding to get their first win in Division 3. They have four defeats to their name but Jimmy Lee’s side were unlucky not to get a result against Westmeath last weekend.

Clare:
1: Stephen Ryan (Kilrush Shamrocks)

2: Manus Doherty (Éire Óg)
3: Ronan Lanigan (Éire Óg)
4: Micheál Garry (Cooraclare)

5: Ikem Ugwueru (Éire Óg)
6: Alan Sweeney (St Breckan’s)
7: Daniel Walsh (Kilmurry Ibrickane)

8: Gavin Murray (Éire Óg)
9: Brian McNamara (Cooraclare)

10: Dermot Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
11: Cormac Murray (St Joseph’s Miltown)
12: Ciaran Downes (Kilmihil)

13: Emmet McMahon (Kildysart)
14: Aaron Griffin (Lissycasey)
15: Joe McGann (St Breckan’s)

Subs:
16: Tristan O’Callaghan (St Breckan’s)
17: Darren Nagle (Liscannor)
18: Shane Griffin (Lissycasey)
19: Tom McDonald (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield)
20: James Curran (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield)
21: Jamie Stack (St Breckan’s)
22: Josh Guyler (Ennistymon)
23: Mark McInerney (Éire Óg)
24: Thomas Kelly (Shannon Gaels)
25: Diarmuid O’Donnell (Kildysart)
26: Darren O’Brien (Éire Óg)

Limerick:
1: Aaron O’Sullivan (Pallasgreen)

2: Jim Liston (Gerald Griffins)
3: Seán O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen)
4: Colm McSweeney (Gerald Griffins)

5: Barry Coleman (Rathkeale)
6: Iain Corbett (Newcastle West)
7: Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford)

8: Tommy Childs (Galtee Gaels)
9: Emmet Rigter (Newcastle West)

10: Robbie Childs (Galtee Gaels)
11: Cathal Downes (Killdimo/Pallaskenry)
12: Paul Maher (Adare)

13: Jamie Baynham (Mongea)
14: James Naughton (St Senan’s)
15: Peter Nash (Killdimo/Pallaskenry)

Subs:
16: Jack English (Adare)
17: Darren O’Doherty (Newcastle West)
18: Brian O’Sullivan (Newcastle West)
19: Shane Doherty (Adare)
20: Tadhg Siochru (Monaleen)
21: Tommy Griffin (Gerald Griffins)
22: Joe Sweeney (Adare)
23: Shane Costelloe (Adare)
24: Eoin Hurley (Newcastle West)
25: John Hayes (St Kierans)
26: Daniel Daly (Monaleen)

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