GAA – Clare favourites for SFC opener

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Screen shot 2016-05-26 at 10.19.38THE LIMERICK senior footballers will play Clare in the Munster Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 29 at 2pm the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
John Brudair’s men will be looking to make amends for their 2016 league defeat at the hands of the Banner men, while also looking to overturn the last two championship meetings between the two sides which Limerick also lost (2015 and 2012).
This season, both sides went their separate ways in Division three of the national football league, as Clare won promotion to Division two, while Limerick were relegated to Division four.
“It has been a great year for Clare,” Limerick manager John Brudair commented.
“I went to see them play Kildare in the league final. On a couple of occasions it looked as if the game was slipping away from them, but the confidence they have built up from winning games in the league got them to hang in and get a great result in the end.
“We know though, that if we play to our potential, we  will be in another tight game – which these Limerick and Clare games tend to be,” Brudair added.
Limerick will be without the services of captain Iain Corbett for this weekend’s clash, as the talisman for the side injured his leg in a recent club game.
Ticket information: Adults: €15, Student’s/OAP: Adult tickets and receive a €5 concession at designated turnstiles prior to entry. Under 16’s: Free

What was said. . .
^ JOHN BRUDAIR

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On Championship season –

“We are really looking forward to it now. The lads returning to their clubs for a few weeks really put an end to the league as a chapter. That has allowed us to come back with a clear mind for championship. This is what it is all about. We know if we perform well against Clare, we will be there or there abouts.”

On Iain Corbett injury –

“Unfortunately for us and for Iain, he tore some lateral ligaments in his league during a club game. It looks as if he could be back for the next round, but the Clare game has come too early for him.”

^ SEANIE BUCKLEY

On how young the current panel are –

“There has been a huge transition in the panel in recent seasons. We have a good committed bunch of lads here and they are looking forward to the challenge the championship is going to bring. There is huge positivity in the camp which is probably from the youth in it, to be fair. “

On Clare being favourites –

“You have to go on results and you cannot argue with that. They went up and beat Kildare in the league final. They have been knocking on the door for years now and maybe they will see this season as their break out year”.

^ IAIN CORBETT

On form going into the championship –

“We have some good performances in the league, but they were patchy at best. We have been happy with how the lads have responded to that.”