Saturday 1 October 2016

'The most important thing in life is life' - Emotional Davy Fitzgerald humble in defeat against Galway

Published 24/07/2016 | 18:30

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald congratulates Galway's Míchéal Donoghue
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald congratulates Galway's Míchéal Donoghue

After a hugely testing week, a humble Davy Fitzgerald lavished Galway with praise following their impressive All Ireland quarter final win over the Banner in Semple Stadium.

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The Clare boss was admitted to hospital for minor heart surgery in Dublin on Wednesday but he was back patrolling the sidelines today to see his side slump to a six-point defeat.

Fitzgerald revealed it was a tough week and thanked everyone for their support while heaping praise on the Tribesmen.

“We are very disappointed. We gave up two goals that I wouldn’t be happy about to tell you the truth. They got one after half time to put us 10 down which is a killer,” he told RTE after the game.

“You should never walk through the middle like that, that’s why we have a sweeper but we didn’t get the chance to get him back quick enough.

“The first goal was a puck out down on top of Brendan Bugler and Joe Canning and that’s a no no, that should never have happened.

“Two of them we blame ourselves for but in saying that, the energy and enthusiasm in Galway today was absolutely incredible. The way they tackled, the way they hassled so whatever about ourselves I have to say the passion they showed outside there today was first class and from a Clare man I would like to say well done, I thought they did very well.

“On the day I believe they were the better team, no doubt about it. It’s a long time since I seen Galway fired up and fair play to them, they deserved their victory today.”

A clearly dejected and emotional Fitzgerald was also proud of his own team, despite them failing to make the last four since their All Ireland triumph three years ago.

“It was a tough week, that’s been honest with you. I’d like to thank everyone, the amount of support was massive. The most important thing in life is life.

“We are wicked dejected in there but I have to say one thing, I am so so proud of my guys. They fight unreal and I don’t care if anybody gives out about them, they are talking through their behind.

“I am very proud of them. They will give it everything. It wasn’t our best day, I think we have lost twice in 16 or 17 games this year, there will be more (from) them boys to come.

“Very proud of them and from a personal point of view I would sincerely like to thank everyone.  It’s great to be able to be here today, I’ll give you that.”

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