Davy Fitzgerald demands more protection for match winner Shane O’Donnell

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald used yesterday’s Munster SHL game to call for more protection for his forward, Shane O’Donnell, saying the Éire Óg clubman is “absolutely killed” when he gets possession.

“I thought Shane did very well when he came on. He caught a great ball and was held up — I don’t know how it was a free out,” he said.

“It should have been a penalty, I thought. To me, he finds it very tough to get frees and it’s something that needs to be seriously looked at, because it’s something that happens every time he gets the ball. He’s just getting absolutely killed.

“I thought the ref did a very good job today. I just find if you looked at last year’s championship closely, he’s getting absolutely killed.

“You’ll see it. But in fairness, the referee did very well in hard conditions.

“You can see what he can do, but there’s so much attention on him.

“I looked at the DVD of the (Cork) game last year and I could pick three frees. I wouldn’t give out about the referee today but that’s the only thing that would need to be looked at, in our view. But in general the refereeing the last few years, it’s been fair enough in our view.”

For Cork manager Kieran Kingston, the three-point defeat had some bright sides to it.

“We haven’t had a collective outdoor session yet and they showed great attitude and I thought they adapted to the conditions well,” he said.

“We don’t want to lose any game. But today wasn’t about the score for us; it wasn’t about who won or lost, and the fact it’s a round-robin, it’s how we use the games best for us.

“We will look at this one and prepare for next weekend, but considering the time of year I’m delighted with the overall performance,” Kingston added.


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