Iron faith and nerves of steel make strong case for Davy's young guns
Published 03/06/2013 | 05:00
WHEN Davy Fitzgerald looks at the world, he finds himself facing out to a sea of sceptics. People fret that, maybe, he is over-reaching with this co-operative of gawky Clare kids.
Because Davy's building not just a team, but a state of mind. He wants them to covet possession, steeling them for the kicks in the teeth that will, inevitably, come from being faithful to a system. They won't meet Kilkenny every day, but he wants them to play always as if they do.
So Clare eschew the high, showboating clearances that tickle a big-day crowd but torture any forward sent in against monsters of the sky like Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan and JJ Delaney.