Changes to Clare team for All-Ireland Final

Changes to Clare team for All-Ireland Final


Eva O'Dea is ruled out through injury. Pic: David Dillon
Eva O’Dea is ruled out through injury. Pic: David Dillon

Two changes have been made to the Clare Intermediate Ladies Football team ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Final against Kildare.

Eva O’Dea is ruled out of the game with a knee injury she sustained in their semi-final win over Tipperary. She is replaced on the team by Kilmihil’s Becky Mahon. Another change in the full-back line sees Laura Egan make way with Shauna Harvey handed a starting jersey.

Ciara Harvey has yet to recover from a foot problem that kept out of their victory last month, it means that Emma O’Driscoll will continue between the posts.

Captain Laurie Ryan will start at full-back and is set to flanked by Shauna Harvey and Kayleigh McCormack, the latter has played at midfield all year and could well resume her usual position once the ball is thrown in.

Manager Neil Moynihan has gone for a half-back line of Roisin Considine, Ellie O’Gorman and Gráinne Harvey. The experienced Louise Henchy has been named in midfield alongside Becky Mahon.

Danger-woman Niamh O’Dea will start on the edge of the square with the pacy duo of Grainne Nolan and Ciara Hickey on either side of her. Ailish Considine will wear number eleven and forms a half-forward line with Sarah Bohannon and Niamh Keane.

Their opponents Kildare have made one alteration from their semi-final clash against Sligo. Michaela Nolan replaces Rachel Reidy in the 2015 beaten finalists lineup. Throw-in on Sunday is at 1:45pm.

Clare: 1. Emma O’Driscoll (The Banner) 2. Kayleigh McCormack (Burren Gaels) 3. Laurie Ryan Capt. (The Banner) 4. Shauna Harvey (West Clare Gaels) 5. Róisín Considine (Liscannor) 6. Ellie O’Gorman (Kilmihil) 7. Gráinne Harvey (West Clare Gaels) 8. Louise Henchy (The Banner) 9. Becky Mahon (Kilmihil) 10. Sarah Bohannon (Shannon Gaels) 11. Ailish Considine (Kilmihil) 12. Niamh Keane (The Banner) 13. Ciara Hickey (Kilmuury Ibrickane) 14. Niamh O’Dea (The Banner) 15. Gráinne Nolan (The Banner)

Kildare: 1. Mary Hulgraine (Leixlip) 2. Trina Duggan (Suncroft) 3. Paula Keatley (St. Laurence’s) 4. Rachel Cribbin (Balyna) 5. Shauna Kendrick (Sarsfields) 6. Aishing Savage (Leixlip) 7. Michaela Nolan (Castledermot) 8. Erica Burke (Balyna) 9. Aisling Holton Capt. (Balyna) 10. Róisín Byrne (Sarsfields) 11. Maria Moolick (Leixlip) 12. Eadaion Connolly (Rahangan) 13. Mikaela McKenna (Na Fianna) 14. Noelle Earley (Sarsfields) 15. Ellen Dowling (Suncroft)