Five changes for Galway

Fit-again duo Ger Farragher and Iarla Tannian have been added to the Galway attack for Saturday's All-Ireland SHC second phase qualifier against Clare in Salthill (throw-in 7pm).

Fit-again duo Ger Farragher and Iarla Tannian have been added to the Galway attack for Saturday's All-Ireland SHC second phase qualifier against Clare in Salthill (throw-in 7pm).

Farragher (knee) and Tannian (hand) have recovered from their respective injuries to join Joe Gantley in the half-forward line. Cyril Donnellan and Eanna Ryan are the players to make way.

In all, there are five changes in personnel to the team that started the Leinster SHC semi-final defeat to Dublin on June 18.

Donal Barry from Castlegar comes into a rejigged defence at the expense of Damien Joyce, with nippy forward Damien Hayes taking over as captain.

Hayes' Portumna club-mate Andy Smith will start in midfield instead of Barry Daly, while experienced Clarinbridge campaigner Alan Kerins has been pencilled in at top of left in place of Aonghus Callanan.

There are also positional switches in the Tribesmen's first line of defence as Shane Kavanagh reverts to full-back and David Collins moves to left corner back.

Manager John McIntyre wants his players to come out fighting after a disappointing display against the Dubs. After that game, he said: "We have to try and retrieve our reputations in the qualifiers now.

"This is the ultimate test of character for everyone associated with the Galway senior hurling team."

Clare lead 8-3 in previous Championship meetings between these counties, while there was one draw back in 1999. They last met in the All-Ireland qualifiers two years ago when Galway won by 2-18 to 1-11.

Saturday's clash will be the first Championship hurling match held at Pearse Stadium since Galway beat Laois in the 2008 qualifiers.

GALWAY (SHC v Clare): James Skehill; Fergal Moore, Shane Kavanagh, David Collins; Donal Barry, Tony Óg Regan, Adrian Cullinane; David Burke, Andy Smith; Joe Gantley, Ger Farragher, Iarla Tannian; Damien Hayes (capt), Joe Canning, Alan Kerins.

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