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Meath defeat Clare as relegation worry looms

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*David Tubridy chases his counterpart. Photograph: Martin Connolly

Clare’s footballers are under pressure to maintain their Allianz National Football League Division 2 status after losing to Meath on Sunday.

Meath 1-12
Clare 1-06
Venue: Cusack Park

Despite a positive opening half, Clare fell to their fourth loss of the campaign as they failed to score from play in the second half.

A draw will be enough for Meath to make their return to the top tier when they welcome Fermanagh to Pairc Tailteann next weekend, if Cillian O’Sullivan, Conor McGill and Thomas O’Reilly replicate their form they should do just that.

Colm Collins’ men can afford a draw with Tipperary provided Armagh overcome Cork to remain in this division. Having performed well in the first thirty five, a solid seventy minute display is required to upset the Premier County in Thurles.

Cooraclare’s Sean O’Donoghue demonstrated some excellent fielding in the first half as well as raiding for goal on the twenty ninth minute. Kevin Harnett gave a more consistent display at corner back as Clare’s best player over the course of 70 minutes while Gary Brennan and Aaron Fitzgerald also stood out.

Meath Scorers: Michael Newman (0-04 4f), Cillian O’Sullivan (0-03), Graham Reilly (1-00), Thomas O’Reilly (0-02), Ethan Devine (0-01), Darragh Campion (0-01), Barry Dardis (0-01).

Clare Scorers: Eoin Cleary (0-05 5f), Sean O’Donoghue (1-00), Gavin Cooney (0-01), David Tubridy (0-01 1f).

MEATH:
1: Andrew Colgan (Donaghmore/Ashbourne)

2: Seamus Lavin (St Peter’s Dunboyne)
3: Conor McGill (Rathoath)
7: Shane Gallagher (Sarsfields Ballerin)

5: Gavin McCoy (St Peter’s Dunboyne)
6: Donal Keogan (Rathkenny)
4: Ronan Ryan (Summerhill)

8: Bryan Menton (Donaghmore/Ashbourne)
9: Shane McEntee (St Peter’s Dunboyne)

10: Cillian O’Sullivan (Moynalvey)
23: Ethan Devine (Na Fianna)
13: Bryan McMahon (Rathoath)

12: Darragh Campion (Skyrne)
14: Michael Newman (Kilmainham)
15: Thomas O’Reilly (Wolfe Tones)

Subs –
22: Barry Dardis (Summerhill) for McEntee (9) (Inj)
18: Adam Flanagan (Clonard) for Devine (HT)
20: Graham Reilly (St Colmcilles) for Campion (47)
26: Padraic Harnan (Moynalvey) for McMahon (66)
21: Eoin Lynch (Longwood) for O’Sullivan (72)

CLARE:
16. Eamonn Tubridy (Doonbeg)

2. Kevin Harnett (Meelick)
3. Cillian Brennan (Clondegad)
4. Gordon Kelly (St Josephs Miltown)

7. Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora)
6. Aaron Fitzgerald (Éire Óg)
5. Dean Ryan (Na Fianna, Dublin)

8. Gary Brennan (Clondegad)
9. Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen)

23. Sean O’Donoghue (Cooraclare)
13. Eoin Cleary (St Josephs Miltown)
12. Jamie Malone (Corofin)

10. Kieran Malone (St Josephs Miltown)
14. David Tubridy (Doonbeg)
19. Gavin Cooney (Éire Óg)

Subs:
25. Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane) for K Malone (47)
11. Sean Collins (Cratloe) for Ryan (61)
20. Eimhin Courtney for Tubridy (66)

Referee: Barry Tiernan (Dublin)

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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