Sunday 18 August 2019

Clare to press David Reidy case as Pat O'Connor cites redemption

Reidy: red card appeal Photo: Sportsfile
Reidy: red card appeal Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Confirmation has come that Clare will seek a hearing for David Reidy after his sending-off in Sunday's Munster SHC clash in Ennis.

Reidy's dismissal caused dismay among supporters present in Ennis and those who had access to instant reviews on TV which determined that contact with Limerick wing-back Diarmuid Byrnes, who fell to the ground, was minimal and scarcely deserving of such punishment.

Limerick's Tom Condon was sent off for his reaction to Byrnes' fall as he prodded his hurl into the Clare player's midriff. Referee James Owens spoke with his umpires and was also in microphone contact with officials before deciding that Reidy should go.

However, to be cleared for Sunday week's Munster final against Cork - confirmed last night for Thurles - Reidy will still have to go through the process of attending a hearing to make his case, something which could be facilitated later this week.

Clare joint-manager Donal Moloney is also expected to seek a hearing to answer charges for an alleged sideline misdemeanour during the Tipp game for which he has picked up a ban. Moloney was on the sideline for Clare on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Clare captain Pat O'Connor feels the instant reaction to defeat to Cork on the opening day of their Munster Championship round-robin series was the key to their recovery to win three successive games and qualify for a second final in a row for the first time since 1998.

"It was a massive turning point for us was in the dressing-room after the Cork game," he recalled.

"We came in and it was the usual story, heads and shoulders slumped. A couple of lads just got up and spoke and said, 'this isn't like other years. We have to go again next week and if we get the points?' Ultimately what happened could happen, you get on a roll. I really do believe that those couple of minutes and the couple of lads who stood up and spoke there, really set it going. We got the rub of the green in terms of the draw but still we needed to stand up."

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O'Connor feels there's a mission of redemption at play when they meet Cork in a repeat of last year's final.

"We feel we let ourselves down last year," he acknowledged. "We've had quite a rivalry but I could hardly call it a rivalry because they've had the upper hand since 2013. I think they've won every single game bar the league game here in Ennis this year."

O'Connor was most pleased with how they closed the game out.

"It's well reported how we've struggled to close out games that we were maybe in the hunt in the last couple of minutes but I'd like to think we've come a long way in that department," he said.

O'Connor's colleague Shane O'Donnell feels their place in the Munster final is "better earned" that last year.

"It's been a long time since we had success. We feel this is a better earned Munster final place than it was last year, but we certainly want to get our hands on silverware," said O'Donnell.

"Leagues and that stuff are great, but Munster championship and All-Ireland finals are really what you are looking for when you start hurling at the start of the year."

A packed Cusack Park made it a very appealing fixture for O'Donnell and his team-mates.

"We always wanted to make Cusack Park a fortress. That is our last game here this year, and we've gone unbeaten. That's massive satisfaction and that's the consistency we haven't had in the last couple of years."

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