Cooraclare did it the hard way as they eventually shrugged off the challenge of a spirited Kilrush Shamrocks side to stay in the race for the Jack Daly.
*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, …
*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.
*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.
*Gavin Cooney. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare have made two changes for Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC round two qualifier with Leitrim from the side that exited the Munster SFC at the hands of Kerry earlier this month.
*Paul Geaney gets away from Cillian Brennan in Fitzgerald Stadium. Photograph: Martin Connolly If recent history is all we have to go on, there are two contrasting memories for the Clare footballers who line out at Cusack Park on Saturday evening around the same time Liverpool and Spurs face off in the Champions League final …
*Cormac Murray. Photograph: Martin Connolly Stephen Ryan and Cormac Murray will make their senior championship debuts on Saturday as the Clare footballers kick off their Munster campaign in Cusack Park.