Clare and Donegal are set to face each other in Group 4 of the All-Ireland Football Championship. Throw-In 2pm Saturday
It will be only their second meeting in championship history, with Donegal having emerged victorious in their previous encounter back in 2009. Both teams will be eager to secure a win and boost their chances of advancing in the competition.
Donegal suffered a setback in the Ulster quarter-final, losing to Down. Jason McGee and Daire O’Baoill were the top scorers for Donegal in that game. On the other hand, Clare had a mixed start to their championship campaign, defeating Limerick in the Munster semi-final but suffering a heavy defeat to Kerry in the final. Eoin Cleary and Keelan Sexton have been Clare’s standout performers in terms of scoring.
Clare and Donegal have a limited history in championship clashes, with Donegal winning their only previous encounter in the 2009 All-Ireland qualifiers. However, in their most recent competitive clash in 2019, Donegal emerged victorious in a Division 2 Allianz League game.
The battle between Clare’s defense and Donegal’s attack will be a crucial factor in this match. Clare will need to tighten up their defense after conceding a high score against Kerry in the Munster final. Eoin Cleary and Keelan Sexton will be key players for Clare in their attacking endeavors. Donegal’s forward line, including Jason McGee and Daire O’Baoill, will be aiming to exploit any weaknesses in Clare’s defense.
Starting teams for Clare v Donegal
Donegal: Shaun Patton, Mark Curran, Brendan McCole, John Ross Molloy, Caolan Ward, Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Odhran Doherty, Caolan McGonagle, Rory O Donnell, Daire Ó Baoill, Jamie Brennan, Ciaran Thompson, Luke McGlynn, Hugh McFadden, Conor O’Donnell
Gavin Mulreaney, Jason McGee, Caolan McColgan, Brian O Donnell, Oisin Gallen, Marty O’Reilly, Johnny McGroddy, Kane Barrett, Kieran Tobin, Jack McSharry, Jamie Grant
Given Clare’s mixed form and Donegal’s desire to bounce back from their previous defeat, this promises to be a closely contested match. However, Donegal’s recent success against Clare and their stronger performance in the league give them a slight advantage. Donegal to win by 2 points.