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Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald must now prepare for an All Ireland Quarter-Final against his native Clare.
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald must now prepare for an All Ireland Quarter-Final against his native Clare.

Preview: Wexford v Clare


Saturday July 14

All Ireland SHC Quarter-Final

Clare v Wexford, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 3pm

It promises to be an interesting game down by the banks of the Lee with Davy Fitzgerald on the line as Clare and Wexford seek to advance to the penultimate stage.

Having both exited at the Quarter-Final round in 2017 one of them will take a step further this year. Who will that be?

Clare gathered confidence and momentum with a three match winning streak in Munster, but the provincial decider loss to Cork was a setback.

That Clare had edged into a commanding first half position merely added to the sense of disappointment because the Banner wanted a first southern crown in two decades.

Wexford were caught out themselves in Leinster losing to Galway before Kilkenny launched a trademark comeback at Nowlan Park.

Fitzgerald's charges did what was needed in Mullingar last Saturday with Aidan Nolan and David Dunne's form a source of encouragement.

At the opposite end Clare have been fairly direct with John Conlon's 1-19 from play in five matches a healthy total, while Tony Kelly and Peter Duggan have also scored heavily.

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O'Connor, David McInerney, Jack Browne; Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Gavin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Podge Collins, John Conlon, Shane O'Donnell.

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