|Banner Receive Double Boost|
| Thursday, 10th September 2009|
|Submitted by Administrator|
Clare's hopes of landing their first Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland under 21 hurling title at Croke Park on Sunday have received a double boost with the news that Darach Honan and Cathal Chaplin are expected to be fit.
The scoring hero of the Banner County's semi-final victory over Galway, Honan suffered a hamstring injury while playing for his club Clonara in a recent Clare SHC tie, but he has been responding well to treatment and is set to take his place in the full forward line.
Honan has racked up 5-10 in the campaign to date with his 2-4 haul pivotal to their thrilling extra-time win over the Tribesmen.
Cathal Chaplin has also recovered from a broken finger and should be fit to partner Enda Barrett at midfield.
However, the final is likely to come too soon for wing forward Sean Collins, who injured his shoulder while playing for his Cratloe in a county IFC tie. Cathal McGrath and Conor Tierney are both in contention to replace him.
Opponents Kilkenny report a clean bill of health, and manager Michael Walsh is expected to stick with the same starting XV which enjoyed a comfortable victory over Antrim in the semi-final.
Team captain Richie Hogan will be bidding to win his second All-Ireland medal in a week after starring in last Sunday's Liam McCarthy Cup triumph over Tipperary.
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