Clare face Galway in Oscar Traynor opener

Clare face Galway in Oscar Traynor opener

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Clare Oscar Traynor team 14/15. Picture: Oliver Fitzpatrick
Clare Oscar Traynor team 14/15. Picture: Oliver Fitzpatrick

Clare begin their Oscar Traynor campaign away to Galway on Friday at 8pm in Eamonn Deacy Park.

Preparations have been going well with some good victories in recent challenge matches.

However, a number of players will face late fitness tests this week before squad is finalised with Eoin O’Brien and Cian Bourke on the doubtful list at moment.  Colin Nelson and Mark Roche picked up injures recently and are already ruled out. Damien O’Rourke is also out injured.

On the plus side all players came through important league and cup games at the weekend.

Galway are always strong in this competition and there has been very little between the teams in recent years. Home advantage will be a big plus for Galway but Clare have a great away record in this competition.

Clare have a new management team this season with Donie Garrihy at the helm assisted by David Russell and Denis Hynes. They will have the team well prepared and ready for Friday night so hopes are high of a good start to the competition.

It promises to be a very great contest between two very good teams.

Conor Mullen (Avenue Utd)
Cian Bourke (Avenue Utd)
Shane Constable (Avenue Utd)
John Mulready (Bridge Utd)
Darragh Fitzgerald (Bridge Utd)
Darren Murphy (Bridge Utd)
Chris Lake (Bridge Utd)
Brian McGorrian (Bridge Utd)
Darryl Eade (Ennis Town)
Joe Collins (Ennis Town)
Alan Kelly (Newmarket Celtic)
Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic)
David McCarthy (Newmarket Celtic)
Colin Smyth (Newmarket Celtic)
Paddy Purcell (Newmarket Celtic)
Eoin O’Brien (Newmarket Celtic)
Darren Cullinan (Newmarket Celtic)
Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic)
Niall Quinn (Newmarket Celtic)
Enda Craddock (Coole FC)
Cathal McGonigley (Sporting Ennistymon)
Daragh Corry (Tulla Utd)
Eoin Whelan (Tulla Utd)

Injured
Colin Nelson (Tulla Utd)
Damien O’Rourke (Shannon Town)
Mark Roche (Avenue Utd)

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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