*Aidan McCarthy gets a shot away as Conor Browne of Kilkenny tries to hook. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill AIDAN MCCARTHY is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing an operation before Christmas.
*Pat Fitzgerald. Photograph: Natasha Barton Clare GAA’s year just gone was “more memorable for developments in the boardroom rather than performances on the field of play,” the county secretary has reflected.
Outgoing Clare U20 hurling boss Sean Doyle has said more efforts need to made to financially support the county’s underage sides while reflecting on the end of a five year stint involved at minor and U20 level.
*Sean Doyle. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill A difference in strength and conditioning stood out for Clare U20 boss Sean Doyle as he watched his charges exit the Munster championship to Limerick on Monday last while also adding that the county hasn’t the biggest hurling population.
*Clare’s Diarmuid Cahill. Limerick justified favouritism and qualified for the Munster U20 hurling final when they proved too strong for Clare in the provincial semi-final at the LIT Gaelic Grounds this Monday evening.
*Sean Doyle. Photograph: Ruth Griffin Clare U20 hurling boss Sean Doyle is under no illusions that his side have a lot to work to get through if they are to upset Limerick in the Munster semi-final on Monday night.
*Conner Hegarty was among Clare’s impressive performers. Photograph: Chris Copley Clare bridged a six year gap to their last triumph at U20 level following a comprehensive away win over newcomers Kerry in Austin Stack Park, Tralee this evening.
*Sean Doyle. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill. Clare Under 20 manager Sean Doyle is hoping to make it third time lucky when his side commence their 2021 Munster Championship campaign against Kerry in Tralee on Monday evening.