“We have a job to do, it’s a young team and we’re building and we’ll stay building. We’ll take that on the chin today. That’s our first big loss since I’ve been there anyway. We’ll come back fighting for more.
“For us, we’ve been trying to get up for every single game, trying to play at an unbelievable height and bring ourselves to that height and enthusiasm. Can you do it four weeks in a row? It’s tough.
We’ve no excuses today but it’s hard to keep going week after week after week.
“I still have faith in them -- there’s no fear of these lads. We have a building process here and we’ll stay doing what we have to do. That Clare team will be okay, they’ll keep going.”
Clare’s Easy Limerick Win
MICK O’Dwyer’s Clare can seal promotion from Division Four of the NFL with a win over Limerick next Sunday -- thanks to their 12 point home win over London in Ennis last Saturday.
O’Dwyer said afterwards, “It was impressive, but we have a fair bit of work to do.
“We are far away from championship fitness, but was a major improvement. It’s amazing that we have been able to win all our away games, but we didn’t seem to be able to win at home but that’s good start today.”
Meath Nears Promotion
MEATH can seal promotion back to the second division of the NFL after Sunday’s 1-19 to 0-11 win away to Antrim in Belfast.
A burst of scores early in the game ensured victory at Casement Park, with Meath set to face Fermanagh in Navan this weekend to decide who is promoted.
Manager Mick O’Dowd said, “The first 10 or 15 minutes of the game was something we had focused on.
“It’s our third win-in-a-row and now we have a very big game next week.”
McGee Ready For Action
DONEGAL defender Neil McGee should be fit for the championship opener against Tyrone after x-rays revealed no long-term damage to the knee he injured against Mayo in their last NFL game.
McGee will miss Sunday’s showdown with Dublin in Ballybofey but is expected to feature against Tyrone in the Ulster SFC...
DONEGAL will open their defense of the All-Ireland crown at home after MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey got the go ahead to host the opening Ulster SFC clash with Tyrone in June...
LIMERICK will face Dublin in Thurles on Saturday night in the NHL Division 1B final after wins over Wexford and Carlow respectively last Sunday...
A SHOULDER injury looks certain to keep Keith Rossiter out of Wexford’s opening Leinster SHC clash with Dublin in June...
DUBLIN goalkeeper Gary Maguire will miss the NHL Division 1B final against Limerick on Saturday with an eye injury...
JOE Kernan, an All-Ireland winner with Armagh as manager, has returned to take charge of club side Crossmaglen again...
CARLOW will face Antrim in the relegation play-off after finishing bottom of the NHL Division 1B table.