Canning fancies Clare to win 'dogfight'

April 24, 2024

Clare manager Brian Lohan during the warm-up ahead of the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Kilkenny ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Joe Canning expects Clare to emerge from Sunday’s huge clash with Cork at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh with their Munster SHC ambitions still intact.

There is little or no margin for error after both teams suffered opening round defeats to Limerick and Waterford respectively.

“Cork have speed, but Clare have speed as well. I think Clare have speed in their forwards, maybe not in their backs as much. Cusack Park probably suited them a bit better, that's the only thing,” the Galway great told at the launch of Bord Gáis Energy’s ‘That’s Hurling Energy’ campaign earlier this week.

“Cork can turn it on if they want, but if it's a dogfight, usually... if they're let play, they'll play, but if it's brought down the last few minutes and it's a dogfight, I'm not too sure.

“I'm just basing it on the last few weeks, winning the league, it's more psychological than anything for Clare now how they deal with yesterday and how Cork deal with yesterday. I think it's a bigger shock for Cork to lose yesterday than it is for Claire in some in some respects.

“It's a very interesting one really. Will Tony Kelly start? Didn't have much of an influence yesterday but that's hard because after he came on, Limerick seemed to turn it around. Probably (fancy) Clare a little bit.”

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