*Micheál Garry continues at corner back. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography

CLARE’s senior footballers are set to start with the same fifteen for the third game in a row.

Mark Fitzgerald’s side travel to Tullamore on Sunday hoping to get back to winning ways in the Allianz National Football League. The game is scheduled to start at 2pm in O’Connor Park.

To keep chances of an immediate promotion back to Division 2 alive, Clare need to be recording a win on away soil. In their efforts to do just that, Fitzgerald has named the same fifteen which took to the field in one point win over Sligo and one point loss to Westmeath.

Stephen Ryan continues to captain the sides from between the posts with the full-back line of Manus Doherty, Ronan Lanigan and Micheál Garry. The defence is completed by the half-back line of Ikem Ugwueru, Alan Sweeney and Daniel Walsh.

A midfield pairing of Brian McNamara and Gavin Murray is maintained along with the attacking six of Dermot Coughlan, Emmet McMahon, Ciaran Downes, Mark McInerney, Aaron Griffin and Shane Griffin.

Cillian Rouine who had a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury when introduced in the second round and his Ennistymon clubmate Diarmuid Fahy are not included in the matchday twenty six this time with Jamie Stack of St Breckan’s who has recovered from a leg injury and Shannon Gaels’ Thomas Kelly added instead.

Injury will also keep captain Cillian Brennan and Darragh Bohannon operating in their temporary roles of maor uisce.

With two defeats in their outings so far, Offaly are under pressure to record a home win this 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: Emmet McMahon (Kildysart)
12: Ciaran Downes (Kilmihil)

13: Mark McInerney (Éire Óg)
14: Aaron Griffin (Lissycasey)
15: Shane Griffin (Lissycasey)

Subs:
16: Tristan O’Callaghan (St Breckan’s)
17: Éinne O’Connor (Éire Óg)
18: James Curran (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield)
19: Cormac Murray (St Joseph’s Miltown)
20: Jamie Stack (St Breckan’s)
21: Fergal Guinnane (Kildysart)
22: Darren O’Brien (Éire Óg)
23: Tom McDonald (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield)
24: Josh Guyler (Ennistymon)
25: Diarmuid O’Donnell (Kildsyart)
26: Thomas Kelly (Shannon Gaels)

Offaly:
1: Ian Duffy (Walsh Island)

2: Lee Pearson (Edenderry)
3: David Dempsey (Ballycommon)
4: Aidan Bracken (Ballycommon)

5: Rory Egan (Edenderry)
6: John Furlong (Tullamore)
7: Jack O’Brien (Durrow)

8: Eoin Carroll (Cappincur)
9: Peter Cunningham (Bracknagh)

10: Cormac Egan (Tullamore)
11: Ruairi McNamee (Rhode)
12: Jordan Hayes (Edenderry)

13: Dylan Hyland (Raheen)
14: Cian Farrell (Edenderry)
15: Nigel Dunne (Shamrocks).

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