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CLARE boss Páidí Ó Sé is remaining tight-lipped on his future at the helm of the Banner footballers.

Ó Sé’s side crashed to a Tommy Murphy Cup semi-final defeat to Antrim at Cusack Park on Saturday and the Kerry legend refused to reveal whether he is to remain in the role next year.

When asked if he would give a definite answer he replied: “No I won’t”, as he left the ground.

“I’m a little bit disappointed, but that’s the way it goes. The better team won on the day. I don’t have any problems with that.

“It wouldn’t have taken too much for Clare to have hung in there a little bit but we were labouring around the middle of the field and we were less than sharp.”

After trailing by two at the break, the Ulster side put in a tenacious second half display to come out on top and a 61st minute goal by the impressive Conor McGourty proved the match winner.

Antrim manager Jody Gormley admitted: “Certainly Clare had the lion’s share of the possession but I think we addressed that. The boys showed in the second half that they wanted to win it and they went on and did that.

Scorers: Antrim: McGourty(1-5) 0-1f, Close(0-2) 1f, Niblock (0-2) 1f, Brady, Crozier (0-1) each. Clare: Tubridy (0-5) 4f, O’Shea (0-2), Russell (0-2) Hickey (0-1)

ANTRIM: S McGreevey, C McGoldrick, P Doherty, S Kelly, P Close, E O’Neill, J Loughery, D Martin, J Quinn, S McVeigh, K Niblock, K Brady, M Dougan, C Close (capt), C McGourty.

Subs: A Gallagher for McVeigh (34), J Crozier for McGoldrick (ht), M McGill for Dougan (ht), G Bell for McGill (63), M Pollock for Close (67).

CLARE: Joe Hayes, L Healy, C Whelan (capt) G Kelly, N Considine, D Russell, John Hayes, M O’Shea, G Brennan, R Donnelly, F O’Dea, M Murphy, M O’Dwyer, S Hickey, D Tubridy.

Subs: D Connole for Donnelly (26), T Ryan for Murphy (41), E Coughlan for O’Dwyer (48).

Referee: D Corcoran (Mayo).

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