*Clare’s Cillian Brennan gets away from Paul Geaney of Kerry. Photograph: Martin Connolly WHEN I sit down to pen a column for The Clare Echo, a defeat is usually handled with a critical look at where the side has gone wrong. However on this occasion I can offer nothing but praise for this Clare team,…
*Cian O’Dea competing against Tipperary in the 2019 NFL. Photograph: Martin Connolly One point separated Clare’s senior footballers from advancing to the Super 8s for the first time, as the dust began to settle Cian O’Dea expressed his hope that they would bounce back and complete the achievement in 2020 with Colm Collins at the…
Proud but disappointed was the emotion felt by Colm Collins as his Clare senior footballers bowed out of the All-Ireland SFC on Sunday.
Clare’s attempts to make the Super 8s came up just short with captain Gary Brennan visibly drained and emotional following their one point defeat.
*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.
*David Tubridy in pursuit. Photograph: Martin Connolly Although the difference should have been more, Clare’s one point was enough to secure their place in round four of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers so it was David Tubridy’s goal that would ultimately separate the sides.
*Eoin Cleary tackled by Meath’s Conor McGill. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare’s opponents for the All-Ireland SFC round four qualifier have been announced.
*Colm Collins. Photograph: Martin Connolly No official attendance figure was given in Cusack Park, Mullingar on Saturday as Clare knocked Westmeath out of the All-Ireland SFC, of the estimated 5,000 plus crowd the visitors certainly matched the hosts in the stands.
*Clare’s Jamie Malone. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare’s senior footballers made it two wins from two in the qualifiers edging out Westmeath by a single point following a nervy finish in Mullingar on Saturday.
*Eoin Cleary under pressure from the Kerry defence. Photograph: Martin Connolly CROSSING south over the River Shannon last Saturday after an evening spent at Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, I faced into two hours and 10 minutes to savour in the car as myself (and my son) reflected on an impressive win.