Performance was more disappointing than defeat for Kelly

June 13, 2024

Clare's Tony Kelly celebrates scoring a goal against Cork ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Tony Kelly admits that Clare ‘didn’t play well enough’ to win last Sunday’s Munster SHC final.

It was the Banner’s third consecutive provincial final loss to Limerick which leaves them facing an All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against either Wexford or Laois on the weekend after next.

“Losing is obviously disappointing in itself, but it’s the performance that would eat at you more so,” the former Hurler of the Year told reporters at this week’s All-Ireland SHC launch.

“We didn’t play well enough in general. We got a bit of a purple patch. When I say we got a bit of a purple patch eight, nine, 10 minutes of the second half and we didn’t even capitalise on it or get closer to ask the question.

“It’s a feeling like we didn’t force them to win it, whereas the two previous years we felt we did, as in we performed. We could have no complaints at the weekend. They were the better team from start to finish. We probably didn’t make use of the wind in the first half and we knew we needed that goal big time before half-time. Then, in the second half, we needed to get the goal that they got.

“Obviously, losing is disappointing. We’re trying to win the Munster championship, but the biggest disappointment is the performance.”

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