*Conor Cleary in Cusack Cup action. Photograph: Martin Connolly St Josephs Miltown begin the defence of the Jack Daly this weekend as the Clare senior football and intermediate championships commence.
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.
*Jamie Malone preprares to get past Shane McEntee. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare’s senior footballers have been eliminated from the All-Ireland SFC going down by one point to Meath on Sunday.
*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.
*Meath’s Ethan Devine puts Gary Brennan under pressure. Photograph: Martin Connolly As each round of the qualifiers progresses so too does the quality of the opposition and Clare captain Gary Brennan insisted their performances to date will not be enough to overcome Meath.
*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.
*Clare’s Gary Brennan. Photograph: Martin Connolly A shot at the Super 8s is the goal for Clare’s senior footballers in 2019, to keep their hopes alive they must secure a second successive away win in the qualifiers and then overcome one of the beaten provincial finalists.