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A first start for O’Doherty

There are three changes in personnell and some positional switches on the Clare team for Sunday’s hurling league quarter final from the side which defeated Limerick to win promotion back to division 1 A two weeks ago. Into the side for his first action in this year’s campaign comes Ciaran O’Doherty from Crusheen who is named at corner back. The captain of Clare’s All-Ireland winning under 21 side in 2009 replaces Oisin O’Brien who is one of a number of squad members ruled out due to injury. Miltown’s Conor Cleary returns to the starting line up at centre back, replacing the injured David McInerney while, up front, Darach Honan replaces the injured Shane O’Donnell. In a positional switch Colm Galvin moves to corner forward in a switch with Aaron Cunningham The team is Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); Ciaran O’Doherty (Crusheen), Cian Dillon, Captain (Crusheen), Paul Flanagan (Ballyea); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Conor Cleary (Miltown St.Josephs), Pat O’Connor (Tubber):David Reidy (Éire Óg), Conor Ryan …

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Promotion within Clare footballers’ grasp

IF Clare win or draw in Newbridge on Sunday, they will be playing Division 2 football in 2017. That would represent a second promotion in three seasons and huge progress for the size five game in this county. Kildare are already promoted, so will surely not be as motivated as they would be if they had to win. Twelve months ago, Clare played already promoted Fermanagh in their last league game. That time, Clare had to win to stay in Division 3 and they did just that. If Kildare are a bit off this weekend, they could leave the door ajar for Clare to storm in and join them in Division 2. However, given that Kildare will be at home, in front of a large crowd, they are unlikely to be overly relaxed. They will want to put on a show and win. Here is where it gets complicated. If Clare lose, they can still get promoted as long as …

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Improvement needed against Longford

DIVISION 3 has emerged as a particularly congested and unpredictable league this season. With just two rounds left to play, the only team that cannot be relegated in Kildare. They are on eight points from five matches followed by four teams on six points including Clare and Longford, who meet in Cusack Park on Sunday. Tipperary and Offaly also sit on six points, which leaves five teams, including Kildare, vying for the two promotion places. Clare’s three wins have been achieved against the bottom-three teams, Limerick, Westmeath and Sligo, while they have lost away to Tipperary and Offaly. This weekend’s game is a very significant one on several fronts. The winner will be potentially one game away from promotion, while the loser could, in a worst-case scenario, end up relegated. Clare will play Kildare away in their final league fixture and definitely do not want to have to travel looking for a win to ensure their divisional status. If Clare …

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Footballers knocked out of All-Ireland qualifiers

(Peter O’Connell) Kildare 0-13 Clare 0-12 NOT scoring in the closing 25 minutes cost Clare a famous win over Kildare in Ennis on Saturday evening. When David Tubridy pointed a free, won by Rory Donnelly, ten minutes into the second half, Clare led 0-12 to 0-6 and Kildare looked seriously rattled. [doptg id=”35″]However the visiting Leinster county, upped their game, made some key substitutions and ran at Clare incessantly. Substitutes Eoghan O’Flaherty and Paddy Brophy kicked critical scores to help sculpt a place in the last 12 for the Jason Ryan managed team. Clare had played exceptionally well at stages during the first half. Points from Enda Coughlan, Podge Collins, Rory Donnelly, Martin McMahon, Shane McGrath (0-2) and a David Tubridy free helped Clare into a 0-7 to 0-4 interval lead. Alan Smith kicked three first half points for Kildare, while Padraig O’Neill added a point. The Clare supporters in the 7,745 attendance gave their team a standing ovation at …

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Gordon Kelly

Unchanged Clare to face Kildare

By Seamus Hayes The Clare team to face Kildare in this Saturday’s qualifier championship round 2 game at Cusack Park is unchanged from the team which started against Carlow last week. Shane Hickey, injured early last week, is fit again and has been named at corner back with Dean Ryan, impressive when introduced in Carlow, dropping down to the substitutes bench. Team captain Gary Brennan will again lead the team from midfield where he will be partnered by Shane McGrath.  The Collins brothers, Sean and Podge, will play in the half forward line flanking Enda Coughlan while the experienced Rory Donnelly and David Tubridy will flank Shane Brennan in the full forward line. The team is; Joe Hayes (Lissycasey); Shane Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Kevin Hartnett (Meelick) Martin McMahon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Jamie Malone (Corofin) Gordon Kelly (Miltown St. Josephs), Ciaran Russell (Eire Og); Gary Brennan (Clondegad), Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis); Sean Collins (Cratloe) Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry-Ibrickane) Podge Collins (Cratloe); David Tubridy (Doonbeg) Shane …

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Clare’s attacking flair must be tempered by improved defence

CLARE’S best displays this year have been when they have played with freedom and abandon. They have totted up significant scores in several games but have conceded far too much defensively. It might seem a bit churlish to point to areas of concern given that they hammered Carlow by 19 points but unless Clare can balance all out attack with a more coherent defensive approach, it is very unlikely that they will come close to matching Kildare. A few things must not happen. Half backs cannot steam forward in front of the ball, while one midfielder must sit if the other attacks either on or off the ball. If a half back or midfielder attacks, one of the half forwards not directly involved in the move will have to drift back to prevent Clare being caught on the break. Players not on the ball will have to be as vigilant as those who are. Kildare will cut through Clare if …

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Clare footballers to take on Kildare in Ennis

THE Clare footballers will play Kildare this weekend in round three of the All-Ireland qualifiers in Cusack Park this weekend. Following their 19 point win over Carlow in Dr Cullen Park on Sunday, Clare could have drawn Kildare, Armagh or Roscommon home or away. While it has yet to be confirmed it is likely that the game will be played in Saturday in Ennis. The time and day of the match will be confirmed this afternoon by Croke Park. Kildare scored a 1-19 to 0-11 point win over Down in Páirc Esler at the weekend. They scored 1-6 without reply in the closing ten minutes when defeating the 2010 All-Ireland finalists. Clare’s win over Carlow was their first All-Ireland qualifier win since 2006 while this weekends game will be their fifth championship outing of 2014. The winners will qualify for the last 12 and a likely meeting with the Leinster or Ulster final losers.  

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