Cathal O’Connor. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill FRESH FROM WINNING a second Clare SHC medal with Ballyea, county footballer Cathal O’Connor gave his take on this weekend’s meeting between Éire Óg and Ennistymon.
*Ballyea celebrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill BALLYEA HAVE won the Clare SHC for the fourth time, all in the space of six years as they produced a final flurry to break Éire Óg hearts on Sunday afternoon.
*Ballyea wing-forward, Cathal O’Connor. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill An already novel derby final pairing between Ballyea and Éire Óg also has the distinction of being the first hurling decider to have more players with senior inter-county football experience than the hurling equivalent.
*Cathal O’Connor wins the ball in the air for Ballyea. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Holders Ballyea flexed their muscles to progress to a third successive Clare SHC semi-final in on Sunday afternoon.
*Podge Collins in action for the Clare senior footballers. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill REACHING AN ALL-IRELAND quarter-final for the first time since 2016 marked a positive campaign for Clare’s senior footballers but the inability to produce consistent displays irked Podge Collins and his teammates.
*Captain Eoin Cleary is congratulated following Clare’s quarter-final win. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Honesty, passion, resilience and commitment were some of the key ingredients that saw Clare dramatically come from behind against Roscommon to secure a historic victory and reach the All-Ireland quarter final for the first time since 2016.
*Cathal O’Connor has been a welcome addition to the Banner midfield. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Last weekend, both the Clare hurlers and Clare footballers displayed the ancient indomitable spirit and fortitude of the Dalcassian tribe. Whilst the hurlers were desperately unlucky to not come out on top of a titanic struggle with Limerick in Semple Stadium …
*Cillian Rouine misses out through injury. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill INJURY has ruled out both Cillian Brennan and Cillian Rouine from the Clare senior football side which welcome Meath to Cusack Park on Saturday evening.
*Keelan Sexton will return to the Clare side. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Keelan Sexton and Cathal O’Connor who missed Clare’s first round Munster football championship loss to Limerick due to injury are back in training having recovered from their injuries and they are both in the running to play against Meath in Saturday’s opening game in …