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Teams Named For Munster Quarter-Final

U21 Football

Both Clare and Waterford have named their starting sides for the U21 Munster Gaelic Football quarter-final which takes place in Miltown Malbay tomorrow evening at 19:30.

Five of Colm Collins’ senior panellists are included in the Clare team namely Jack O’Dea, Darren Nagle, Jamie Malone, Keelan Sexton and Martin O’Leary. Joint Managers Neil Hawes and Michael O’Shea are without Eoin Cleary who is recovering from a recent ankle operation and Micheál Duffy who picked up a recent shoulder injury.

Éire Óg’s Conor Brennan will captain the side and he is joined in the starting lineup by four of his club teammates that secured the Clare U21 Football Championship in 2014. Dara Walsh at midfield, Eimhin Courtney at corner forward and both Liam Corry and Paddy O’Malley in the half-forward line complete the Townies contingent.

Lissycasey’s Killian Normoyle will stand between the sticks and the line in front of him is compromised of Cian O’Mahoney, Jack O’Dea and Captain Brennan. Doora/Barefield’s Conor O’Brien is set to start at centre back and he is flanked by Darren Nagle and Cian O’Dea.

Jamie Malone and Dara Walsh form a strong pair in the middle of the park. Éire Óg duo Corry and O’Malley are joined by St Breckans’ Dale Masterson in the half-forward. A very dangerous Clare full-forward line sees Keelan Sexton, Martin O’Leary and Eimhin Courtney as the target-men.

Waterford are captained by goalkeeper David Whitty and they have named a strong team ahead of the long journey to Miltown. Both Dermot Ryan and Conor Gleeson featured for The Nire when they overcame Cratloe in the Munster Club Championships over four months ago and they are down to start at midfield and corner forward respectively.

When these sides met at minor level; it was the Banner who emerged victorious on a scoreline of 2-20 to 0-06. From that encounter only Jamie Malone remains from the Clare camp while Tom Devine, Jamie Barron and Michael Curry are still involved with the Déise.

From the Clare team that suffered a nineteen point versus Tipperary last year, Conor Brennan, Jack O’Dea, Liam Corry, Martin O’Leary and Jamie Malone will be aiming to improve on that much talked about performance. For Waterford, only Michael Curry played in last year’s ten point defeat to the Premier County.

Home advantage will be crucial to the Banner’s cause tomorrow evening as they welcome Waterford to Miltown. However with knockout football nothing is guaranteed and Clare will be need to be very cautious in defence as Waterford have some very lively attackers. The Banner must utilise their limitless full-forward line as there is serious potential for the trio of Sexton, O’Leary and Courtney to cause mass destruction in Miltown.

Teams:
Clare:
Killian Normoyle (Lissycasey)
Cian O’Mahoney (Doonbeg)
Jack O’Dea (Kilfenora)
Conor Brennan (Éire Óg)
Darren Nagle (Liscannor)
Conor O’Brien (St Josephs Doora/Barefield)
Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora)
Jamie Malone (Corofin)
Dara Walsh (Éire Óg)
Liam Corry (Éire Óg)
Paddy O’Malley (Éire Óg)
Dale Masterson (St Breckans)
Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil)
Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry/Ibrickane)
Eimhin Courtney (Éire Óg).

Waterford:
David Whitty (Gaultier)
Stephen Dalton (De La Salle)
Conor Walsh (Rathgormack)
Jamie de Barún (An Rinn)
Jack Mullaney (Stradbally)
Tom Devine (Modeligo)
Jonathon Fenton (Bunmahon)
Dermot Ryan (Nire)
Seamus Keating (Ardmore)
Michael Curry (Rathgormack)
Ferghal Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn)
Jason Curry (Rathgormack)
Conor Murray (Rathgormack)
Jason Gleeson (Rathgormack)
Conor Gleeson (Nire).

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About Páraic McMahon

A native of Newmarket-on-Fergus, Páraic McMahon is the Chief Sportswriter with The Clare Herald.

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