Fitzy braced for tough test against visiting Tribesmen

Davy Fitzgerald

Clare Senior Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald is wary of the threat posed by neighbours Galway for this weekend’s National League Division 1A clash. Anthony Cunningham’s side impressively exacted full revenge on All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in their opening game a fortnight ago while Clare edged out by Waterford on home soil and despite Galway’s momentum, Fitzgerald is eager for his side to bounce back on Sunday.
“We’re looking forward to the match on Sunday. These are the games we wanted and Galway will be some test for our team. Any team that beats Kilkenny in the first round of the league is serious about the league, so we’ve a fair idea what’s in front of us.
“There were plenty of positives from the Waterford loss. Aside from the result we did a lot of things right in that match. But realistically we’ll have to play a lot better to live with Galway.
“They hammered Kilkenny in the Leinster final last year, reached the All-Ireland final in September and nearly won it. These are the games that will stand to us. This is the value of being in Division 1A.”
Fitzgerald may have to wait until Saturday evening to finalise his starting team as several of the squad are in Under 21 action for their clubs on Saturday.
“Hopefully our Under 21’s involved will come through okay. We have a few injury worries and we could do with all of our Under 21s being fit and ready to play. Against the likes of Galway we’ll need to be at our best.
“I’m looking forward to it, Galway will be another good test of where we are in regard to the top teams. And hopefully there’ll be a good Clare crowd out to support us, we’ll need it.”
Galway were in Ennis last Sunday representing Connacht in the 1-22 to 0-15 Interprovincial Final defeat to Munster, with manager Anthony Cunningham quick to refocus his side on Sunday’s encounter with Clare at the same venue.
“We’ll be back in training on Tuesday night and we’ll get our focus on the second round of the league next weekend.
“You’ve got to take every game on its merits. Today we were representing Connacht and while we’re concentrated on the league, this was a useful exercise also from the point of view of giving some of our younger players a run-out.”


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