Friday 28 November 2014

Davy Fitzgerald unhappy with referee in Clare defeat

Published 15/06/2014 | 17:59

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald was unhappy with the performance of James McGrath but said the better team won on the day.
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald was unhappy with the performance of James McGrath but said the better team won on the day.
Clare's Conor McGrath in action against Shane O'Neill and Daniel Cahalane

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald questioned the performance of referee James McGrath following their defeat to Cork, but believes the better team on the day won.

The Rebels emerged victorious in Thurles to book a place in the Munster Final, with 2-11 of their 2-23 coming from Pat Horgan’s placed balls.

The Clare management team were clearly unhappy at half-time with the Westmeath official and Fitzgerald says he didn’t agree with all of the calls.

“I don’t know if it was a lack of discipline,” he said post-match.

“I remember Conor McGrath being pulled to pieces and not getting a free, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse.”

“Fair play, they (Cork) were very strong today.”

Fitzgerald believes that a large part of their downfall was at centre-field where Aidan Walsh and Daniel Kearney were dominant.

“They killed us at midfield.”

“Cork were faster than us on the day,” he added.

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