Sport Gaelic Football

Saturday 21 October 2017

Fermanagh v Clare, Parnell Park, 1.45, P Kehoe. *Live TG4

THE Division 3 final looks the closest of this afternoon's Ladies showdowns to call as both sides look to end unbeaten campaigns on a high.

There was nothing to choose between the two teams when they met in a cracking encounter in Round 7 of the league that ended in a draw -- Clare 1-18 Fermanagh 4-9.

What this result -- and others throughout the season -- showed was how ruthless Fermanagh are in front of goal and the Banner backs will certainly have their work cut out to try to keep out the Little sisters, Sharon and Caroline, in particular, who form the spine of the Fermanagh attack.

Catherine Murphy, who came on to such telling effect in their semi-final, is ruled out with a recurrence of a facial injury, but otherwise Darren Boyle's team is looking very strong.

Goals have not been in short supply for Clare either as they have registered 17 in their games to date and were particularly lethal in their semi-final win over Wicklow, when they rattled the net five times.

A training ground injury rules Grace Lynch out for the Munster side, but otherwise there are no other selection headaches for David O'Brien and you can expect Eimear Considine and the ever-reliable Niamh O'Dea to be the constant thorns in the Ernesiders defence today.

Nothing separated them the last day out, so expect another close encounter, with Fermanagh, perhaps,holding a slight edge.

Odds: Clare 4/11, Fermanagh 9/4, Draw 10/1.

Verdict: Fermanagh

FERMANAGH -- S Gleeson; C Woods, N Curran, O Reihill; D Murphy, T Little (capt), T Melanaphy; M Connolly, A Moane; S Hamilton, S Little, L McFrederick; N McManus, C Little, A McBrien.

CLARE -- E O'Driscoll; C Hester, L Kelly, L Ryan; E O'Connor, R McMahon, L Woods; M Considine, L Henchy; C Corry, N Keane (capt), N Carroll; E Considine, N O'Dea, S Bohannon.

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