O'Connor: we are still in the race
11 July 2017
Clare's Patrick O'Connor ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Clare captain Patrick O'Connor stresses that the Banner County are still in the race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Despite losing Sunday's Munster SHC final to Cork, Clare are now refocussing on Saturday week's All-Ireland quarter-final date with holders Tipperary at Pairc Ui Chaoimh:
"Two weeks, that's an immediate aim. It's coming fairly quickly down the road. We will hurt. By all means, we are going to hurt but we need to get back up on the horse and go because the season could wrap up very quickly if we are to dwell on this," he comments in The Irish Daily Mirror.
"There's such a good spirit in the group. We will feed off each other. We will hurt together and we will rebuild together, as well, and that's what we'll be doing this week when we get back up and get back at it.
"The ultimate destination every team wants is September and we are still in that race. We will learn from it. While we were second best, we made a right old fist of it for a long time and there's a lot to be taken from that."