Clare match-ups must be right to overcome Kilkenny - O'Connor

June 30, 2022

Kilkenny's TJ Reid with Liam Markham and Brendan Bugler of Clare ©INPHO/James Crombie

Clare will need to curtail TJ Reid’s influence from general play if they are to overcome Kilkenny this weekend, according to former Banner star Jamesie O’Connor.

After their thrilling comeback victory over Wexford, Brian Lohan’s men meet the Leinster champions at Croke Park on Saturday evening (throw-in 5.30pm) for a place in the All-Ireland SHC final.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports GAA, O’Connor says Clare will need to get their match-ups bang on if they are to tame the Cats at Croke Park.

“Clare will need to keep tabs on him in general play. I don't know if you man-mark him, as TJ could pop up anywhere.

“The Banner won't want Conor Cleary getting taken too far away from goal. But if the Ballyhale man goes into the edge of the square, Cleary will pick him up.

“There's no doubt that Reid takes watching. And Brian Cody will have noted how some long high balls from Wexford caused Clare major problems.

“TJ Reid, Eoin Cody and Walter Walsh could be used as weapons in that regard.

“Clare will need to get their match-ups right, and make plans for when those forwards move around.”

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