Both Derek McGrath and Davy Fitzgerald are counting the cost of a grueling 90 minutes of hurling last Sunday, ahead of next weekend’s replay. Clare and Waterford could not be separated after extra time, and will have to do it all again for the League title, before they clash in the championship on June 5th.
The major worry for the Déise was Austin Gleeson, who was forced ashore during the drawn game. However, it is anticipated that the Mount Sion star will be back in the heart of the Déise defence next Sunday.
Meanwhile, Shane Fives is unlikely to recover in time, and this will pave the way for youngster Conor Gleeson to make his way into the side.
Fitzgerald and his backroom team have received a major setback as John Conlon’s injury prognosis has revealed that he may miss the entire Munster Championship.
Conlon’s ligament damage is certainly a blow, as he was leading the line for the Banner attack throughout their League campaign. Conlon was immense in the semi-final win over Kilkenny, and Clare are certainly weaker without him, as evidenced on Sunday.
Throw-in on Sunday is at 3:30pm, preceded by the replay of the Ladies Football League Division 3 final between Waterford and Tipperary.