DAVID Tubridy is back in the Clare starting 15 for Saturday’s All-Ireland Qualifier against Longford in Cusack Park, with the Doonbeg sharpshooter finally overcoming the groin injury that has dogged him since early in the National League.
The Magpie, who has been Clare’s top scorer since making his senior debut in 2007, is the only change from the team that went down to Cork in the Munster semi-final, as he comes into the side for Cooraclare’s Rory Donnelly.
Clare manager Colm Collins announced the team on Thursday night, with Tubridy coming in at full-forward. Apart from the high profile return of the Doonbegman, two of Clare’s other longer-term injured stars in Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis) and Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibriakane) have been named in match-day squad of 26, but there’s no place for Donnelly or for Cathal McInerney (Cratloe) who has been struct down with injury yet again.
Joe Hayes (Lissycasey)
Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg)
Kevin Harnett (Meelick)
Martin McMahon (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
Shane Hickey (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown)
Dean Ryan (Éire Óg)
Gary Brennan (Clondegad) Capt
Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen)
Sean Collins (Cratloe)
Jamie Malone (Corofin)
Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
Eoin Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown)
David Tubridy (Doonbeg)
Pat Burke (Kilmacud Crokes)
Subs: Killian Normoyle (Lissycasey), Stephen Collins (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield), Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Chris Dunning (Wolfe Tones), Sean Haugh (O’Curry’s), Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis), Darren Nagle (Liscannor), Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora), Jack O’Dea (Kilfenora), Davy O’Halloran (Éire Óg), Alan O’Neill (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)