Clare will be looking to cause a shock in their opening tie against Galway, the 8th best county in the seedlings.
The Clare Squad have worked extremely hard over the winter and this culminated in three tough away games starting with Kerry on the 1st March. Two games were played and Clare put in two good performances drawing 1-1 and losing the second game 2-1 with two excellent goals from Manus Doherty and Jack Joyce.
The following weekend Clare travelled to Wexford to play a very strong team and put in an unbelievable effort to come from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with goals from Calum McNamara, Cian McDonough and a great equaliser in injury time by Chiby Okoye holding of two players to drive the ball in the back of the net to the delight of those supporting from the side lines.
The 3rd game was against Sligo/Leitrim and was a very one sided affair with Clare creating 16 to 3 chances and were the better passing team on the day. The game may have ended 1-1 but the Clare players should be very proud of their efforts in the face of some strong and physical home team. After falling behind in the second minute there was only one Team and Clare equalised with a great goal from Mark McInerney. The players gave everything for the Clare shirt and got a standing ovation from the Parents who travelled on the day.
The Clare squad will be visiting Leicester City’s Academy as guests from the 1st to the 3rd of May, with training session, match vs Leicester City u14/15 Team and then taking in the Leicester City vs Newcastle Utd game. The following weekend the squad will take part to the Pre Kennedy Cup Tournament which is organised by Clare FAI C.D.O. Denis Hynes.