Collins targets Munster final berth

June 13, 2018

Wexford's Liam Ryan and Podge Collins of Clare.
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Podge Collins says Clare have their sights set on a Munster SHC final appearance.

Collins came off the bench to help the Banner County to a dramatic round-robin stage victory over Tipperary last weekend. The result guarantees Clare a place in the latter stages of the championship but a Round Five win - against high-flying neighbours Limerick in Ennis on Sunday - would propel them through to the provincial final:

"Obviously, we're happy enough the way things went [against Tipp]," the Cratloe ace told Clare FM. "We're into the All-Ireland series, that was our goal at the start of the year. Obviously, there is still the carrot of a Munster final to play for against Limerick, so we just have to recover and get right for that. They had a big win over Waterford, and they're probably the form team at the moment."

"Two games and then the break, so we probably got the best draw. Tipperary were full on top after 15 minutes, we came more and more into it as the game wore on, lads like John Conlon, Shane O'Donnell, Peter Duggan really came into it. And fortunately enough when the final whistle went we were ahead, and that's the only time you want to be ahead as far as I'm concerned.

"If you want to get along in this competition you have to win your home games, so to win away from home, against Tipperary in Semple Stadium, was a massive thing for any Clare team. But there's nothing won. We enjoyed it for five minutes after the game and are concentrating on playing Limerick now. A Munster final at stake and, after being beaten so badly last year, we'd love to get back there and redeem ourselves."

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