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*Clooney/Quin’s Peter Duggan barges past Liam Corry. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Plenty of life still exists within Clooney/Quin’s senior championship aspirations this year, selector Noel Harrison has maintained.

With a draw and a loss to their name, Clooney/Quin can still emerge from Group Four to the quarter-finals if they secure a win against Newmarket-on-Fergus this Saturday.

Looking back on their seven point loss to Éire Óg, Clooney/Quin selector Noel Harrison commented, “We just couldn’t really get at it early on. We were off the pace and we couldn’t get up to the speed of it. We thought we were going well coming into the game. I thought we came back into it in the second half. We brought it back to one score. They are good and fit and they are very strong. We just didn’t get to the pace of it today for whatever reason”.

Confidence is still strong within the panel of the 2017 finalists that they will advance to the quarter-finals. “There is still life in it. We have Newmarket to play and that is a do or die game now. We are still in the championship and in there with a fighting chance”.

Harrison is hopeful both Martin Duggan and Ruaidhri McNamara will be back from injury to line out against their neighbours this weekend.

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