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Clare are entering Saturday’s All-Ireland Qualifier against Kerry like minnows to a big pond, with the Kingdom, and the Gooch, seeming to have found form displacing Tyrone in a phenomenal fashion.
It is no surprise that Jack O’Connor will stick with the same side that started that rousing 10 point victory.
Recent history too would suggest that Clare are up against it. The last time these sides met in the Championship was the 2008 Munster semi final when Kerry won by 1 -14 to 0-5. Prior to that meeting, the sides clashed on four occasions with Kerry victorious on all four. You have to go back to the 1992 Munster Final for Clare’s last defeat over the Kingdom.
The Banner in fact have not made the quarter finals since the qualifiers were introduced in 2001 while Kerry are entering the game on a 100% qualifier record.
Clare will gain some strength however from the return to full fitness of Graham Kelly and Conor Talty and a clean bill of health across the board makes selection a tough decision for Michael McDermott.
The 2012 Championship has seen McDermott’s charges defeat Limerick 1-13 to 0-15 but lose to Cork in the Munster Final by 3-16 to 0-13.
Kerry’s run up to Saturday’s game is a mixed bag with a defeat of Tipperary 0-16 to 0-10, a loss to Cork 0-17 to 0-12 and following a poor performance, a victory over Westmeath 2-10 to 1-12 before last weekend’s crushing of Tyrone.
Throw in is at 7pm in the Gaelic Grounds.