Fitzgerald relishing first All-Ireland final

July 09, 2024

Clare's Shane O'Donnell and David Fitzgerald celebrate. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Clare midfielder David Fitzgerald is looking forward to facing Cork in the All-Ireland SHC final.

It’s a repeat of the 2013 decider which the Banner won after a replay. There are just four survivors – Tony Kelly, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell and David McInerney – on the Clare team, meaning it will be a new experience for most.

"It will be huge, the first time now since 2013," Fitzgerald told reporters after the semi-final win over Kilkenny.

"We still have a few bodies hanging around, some of the experienced lads, but for the younger lads it is going to be great. We look forward to it, but there is a lot to work on, we are under no illusions, we have a lot to do."

Fitzgerald felt Clare’s substitutes played a huge part in last Saturday’s come-from-behind victory.

"It was unbelievable to get over the line, it was in the melting pot for the last 10 or 15 to go," he continued.

"In fairness, we emptied the bench, and every single one of the subs made a huge contribution. So, that was great. It is great to get another day out in two weeks’ time."

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