*Donal Moloney. Photograph: Martin Connolly It’s been a difficult and unusual period for Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor, recent heavy defeats to Tipperary and Limerick brought with it widespread criticism of them and their panel of players which management addressed in the moments following their victory over Cork.
*David McInerney & Aaron Gillane stretch for the sliotar. Photograph: Martin Connolly Darach Honan dissects where it went wrong for Clare in Sunday’s eighteen point defeat to neighbours Limerick.
*John Kiely & Donal Moloney on the sideline. Photograph: Martin Connolly Defeat to Clare on Sunday would have meant Limerick were the earliest All-Ireland champions to bow out in the subsequent campaign since Tipperary’s departure from the 1992 championship, such an outcome was “inconceivable” according to John Kiely.
*Clare Joint Manager, Donal Moloney. Photograph: Martin Connolly Back to back defeats and not just that but successive drubbings for the Clare senior hurlers as it all comes down to next weekend and needing a win over Cork plus Limerick to draw with or beat Tipperary, for joint manager Donal Moloney lifting the spirits of…