Davy Fitz: Clare will drive on and be back

Davy Fitzgerald has endured a frustrating year in charge of Clare hurlers
Davy Fitzgerald has endured a frustrating year in charge of Clare hurlers

Clare hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald insists his county will bounce back from a second successive season of disappointment.

Clare were knocked out of the running for the All-Ireland by Cork in Semple Stadium on Saturday night, meaning the Banner County have only recorded one Championship victory in the last two years - a routine qualifier win over Offaly.

With pressure growing on Fitzgerald, the 2013 All-Ireland winning manager does not believe it is time to rush into any important decisions.

Fitzgerald said: We haven’t done too badly over the last few years, the whole lot of us together. We’ll all take stock, sit down and talk and see what the story is.

“Clare will drive on and be back – have no doubt about that – we’re fighters and we’ll mix it with the best of them again.”

Despite Clare leaving only Shane O'Donnell in the full forward line for most of the game, Fitzgerald believes it is Cork fans who will be disappointed by their side's approach in Saturday's clash.

Fitzgerald said: “We’re utterly disappointed but we wish Cork sincerely the very best of luck and they played a good game today.

“I know Cork supporters probably won’t be happy with their style that they lined out with and the way they played but it’s all about winning games and I’d say well done to Jimmy [Barry-Murphy].

“There was a puck of the ball in it. I know both sides had a lot of wides but the reason for that was that there was so much pressure in the middle third.

“That was the big thing out there today, the game was nearly played in the middle third, Cork’s half-forwards, our half-forwards coming out.

“As you’ve seen in the last two games, Cork have changed their style completely.

“They’re minding the back a good bit more and they’re pushing out the field way more so that’s what probably [caused] so many wides today.

“In saying that, we had two or three goal opportunities, I don’t think Cork created one in the whole day. We needed to take them.”