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Iron faith and nerves of steel make strong case for Davy's young guns

Published 03/06/2013 | 05:00

Waterford’s Pauric Mahony comes under pressure from Patrick Donnellan (left) and Cian Dillon at Semple Stadium
Waterford’s Pauric Mahony comes under pressure from Patrick Donnellan (left) and Cian Dillon at Semple Stadium

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.

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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.

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