*Eibhear Quilligan. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
GROWING options are becoming evident within the Clare panel according to goalkeeper Eibhear Quilligan.
Clare’s number one choice between the posts was happy following Sunday’s latest championship victory as Brian Lohan’s side ensured they advanced to next month’s Munster final with their unbeaten status.
Quilligan was even substituted during the twelve point win over Waterford with Inagh/Kilnamona’s Éamonn Foudy making his debut from the bench. This he felt was testament to the range of options available across the panel.
He outlined, “It’s all about the panel, when one guy is out another comes in, that’s what it is all about, a few guys got their debuts today and they all performed”.
Eibhear was pleased once again with the showing of the Clare backs. “Our defence is excellent, they are going really well and you see Adam (Hogan) coming in for his debut and he just got stuck in and played excellent as well. There are loads of options there and that’s the way you want it”.
With qualification already secured for the Munster final, the Feakle netminder was adamant it didn’t affect the mindset before Sunday’s tie. “All we were concentrating on was our own performance. It was the performance we wanted really and after that whatever was going to happen would happen. It was the performance we wanted and we did that. There was no complacency or lack of focus there, Waterford are a super team”.
Clare “set the tone early,” in his view. “We got a few points and drove on from there. There was a wind there which helped. It was all about Waterford today. We can look forward to the Munster final and Limerick from this evening on”.
Past meetings with Limerick will be of little value for the provincial decider, the LIT graduate believed. “It is what it is and we look forward to another battle with them in two weeks time”.