‘We’ll put the fight up to them’ - Clarke

LOUTH travel to Pairc Tailteann on Sunday for the Allianz National League Division Two relegation showdown with Meath and Reds star Darren Clarke is certain his side will approach the clash fully intent on putting one over their old foe.

LOUTH travel to Pairc Tailteann on Sunday for the Allianz National League Division Two relegation showdown with Meath and Reds star Darren Clarke is certain his side will approach the clash fully intent on putting one over their old foe.

“We’re going to put the fight up to them.

“They’re a fully committed side and although their form hasn’t been great, we’re not going to get carried away and believe we can beat Meath based just on form.”

As a spectator during the infamous Leinster Championship Final defeat in 2010, Clarke is well aware of the added significance that adds to the encounter, but he believes as far as the squad is concerned, it is all ancient history and “done and dusted” at this stage.

However the Ardee native stated that it would still be particularly nice to “come out on the right side” next Sunday.

Clarke has had his own injury issues this season and although he has had to alter his training regime to accommodate this, he feels fully fit and raring to add to his tremendous scoring tally so far this campaign.

“Touch wood my injury troubles are behind me. I haven’t been able to train regularly with the rest of the squad for some time now, but that hasn’t stopped me training and kicking by myself.

“The last few games have been great for me, but everybody has worked very hard.”

The Louth full forward complimented his fellow attacker, Jim McEneaney.

“Jim has put in a great effort this season. He scored three last time out and has been a wonderful find this year for us.”

Looking at the squad, Clarke also feels that there is great quality on the bench as well.

“We have the likes of David Reid and Mick Fanning who can come off the bench and offer different things. All those lads will be pushing to get into the starting line up, which is great for the whole team.”

However, Clarke knows that the defensive errors that have cost Louth this season must be stamped out if they are to triumph on Sunday.

“We’ll be concentrating on combatting the opposition, but we need to work hard to rectify those defensive lapses.

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