"We were expecting a huge crowd but they just didn't come"

12 July 2017

Clare's Aaron Cunningham celebrates.
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Aaron Cunningham has called on the Clare supporters to get behind the team ahead of their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final date with Tipperary at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday week.

Speaking at the launch of the All-Ireland hurling championships yesterday, Cunningham expressed his disappointment that the Banner County supporters were outnumbered by their Cork counterparts in Semple Stadium last Sunday.

“It's disappointing. It's not as if Clare have been in Munster finals every second year and people had been sick of going to them or losing them,” he pointed out to The Irish Independent.

“It was our first Munster final since 2008, we hadn't won it since 1998. We were expecting a huge crowd but they just didn't come. Very disappointing.

“Hopefully they can get out the next day. Maybe Páirc Uí Chaoimh might encourage a few of them to go down and make a trip out of that.

“When you go out and see the sea of red you're thinking, 'What's going on here'. We obviously knew Cork had a huge following and we were going to be outnumbered but even the Clare end looked like a sea of red to us.

“The difference when the Cork team ran out and when the Clare team ran out was completely chalk and cheese. The two goals were both scored at vital times and the difference in the roar from the supporters.”