*Clare’s Podge Collins. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill CLARE’S INVOLVEMENT in the 2023 All-Ireland SFC drew to a close on Saturday evening in Longford with a gallant first half showing from Colm Collins’ men coming undone in the third quarter.
*Eoin Cleary leading the Clare footballers into battle. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography THIS SUNDAY, Clare are back in their first provincial final since 2012 with the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick the appointed venue after the Munster Council rejected Clare’s proposal for a home venue in Cusack Park , Ennis.
*Stephen Ryan brings the ball away from goal. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill WHILE the siege mentality that we expected from Clare at the weekend never materialised, the Banner’s footballers will need to find their proven resilience and defiance over the final two rounds of the Allianz National Football League if they are to have any hope …
*Jamie Malone is tackled by James McCarthy. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill THEY MATCHED DUBLIN for all of Saturday’s National Football League tie and led by six points with fifteen minutes remaining but Colm Collins and the Clare footballers were gutted to leave Croke Park with no points to show for their efforts.