Friday 23 August 2019

'It adds another layer of spice to the Munster final' - David Clifford welcomes change in Super 8s format

David Clifford of Kerry in action against Cillian Brennan of Clare during the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship semi-final match between Clare and Kerry at Cusack Park in Ennis, Co Clare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
David Clifford of Kerry in action against Cillian Brennan of Clare during the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship semi-final match between Clare and Kerry at Cusack Park in Ennis, Co Clare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Kerry football starlet David Clifford has welcomed the change in format for this year's Super 8s which will see each of the provincial champions being at home in the first round of fixtures.

"I think that's a good reward if we could beat Cork in the Munster Final on June 22 - to have our first match in the series in Killarney," said Clifford as he launched a protein milk product for Avonmore at Croke Park today.

"And the penalty for losing that Munster Final would be to have to come through the back door and then not play at home until the last of the three matches. So that's all fair. It certainly adds another layer of spice to the Munster Final."

Clifford is expecting a huge test from Cork, even though the Rebels were relegated from Division Two of the League in March.

"Ah look, you don't know what teams are doing in the League," he warns. "Yes, it went badly for them, but they have too many class footballers, especially in the attack, for there not to be a sting in them.

"By all accounts they were very good against Limerick last Saturday and they have beaten Dublin and Galway in recent challenge matches, so we have to be ready for a big battle in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday fortnight."

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