Saturday 18 November 2017

Clare reshuffle as Fitzgerald makes six changes for visit of Kerry

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald (SPORTSFILE)
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald (SPORTSFILE)

Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald is clearly intent on giving all his panel a chance to shine and has made six changes to his team for tonight's Munster SHL tie against Kerry in Sixmilebridge.

Following their opening day victory over Cork, Fitzgerald has opted to call up Andrew Fahy in goal while Patrick Donnellan and Cian Dillon are brought into defence.

In attack Colin Ryan, Conor O'Donnell and Cathal O'Connell are all named to start.

The players that make way from the clash with Cork are Donal Tuohy, Conor Ryan, Colm Galvin, Shane Golden, David Fitzgerald and Tony Kelly.

Meanwhile, the Banner's treasurer Bernard Keane admits there are "no guarantees" that Cusack Park will be ready to host the county's Allianz NHL Division 1B opener against Offaly on February 14.

A €2.3m facelift is almost complete at the Ennis venue and while board chairman Joe Cooney is confident the work will be completed in time, Keane says that "a few hurdles" still need to be vaulted.

Keane said: "They are making progress. I think around February 15 we're hoping to have it ready for. It will hopefully be ready for the hurling game. The first football match is January 31, a home game against Sligo, and I think that will be going to Miltown-Malbay.

"We're hopeful that we'll be ready for the hurling but there are no guarantees on that just yet. A few hurdles have to be cleared."

Elsewhere, the GAA confirmed yesterday that Navan, Thurles, Portlaoise and Cavan will host this year's All-Ireland senior club championship semi-finals.

The hurling semi-finals have been set for Saturday, February 6 and will see Sarsfields of Galway lock horns with Cushendall of Antrim at Pairc Tailteann, followed by the meeting of Oulart -The Ballagh (Wexford) and Limerick's Na Piarsaigh at Semple Stadium.

The football semi-finals have been scheduled for February 13. Dublin and Leinster representatives Ballyboden St Enda's face Clonmel Commercials at O'Moore Park while Mayo's Castlebar Mitchels take on Armagh and Ulster kingpins Crossmaglen at Kingspan Breffni Park.

All four matches will be broadcast live by TG4.

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