Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

17.56 17 Jul 2021


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Davy Fitzgerald was emotional following Wexford's loss to Clare in the All-Ireland Hurling qualifiers on Saturday afternoon. 

2-25 to 2-22 was the final score at Semple Stadium and the result saw Wexford's year come to another early end.

Speaking to OTB Sports at full-time, Fitzgerald began by praising his own players, saying they can't have any complaints about the result.

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"I'm extremely proud of them, anything I ask them boys to do, they'll do it.

"To be totally honest, I have nothing but admiration for the Clare crew and I wish them the best going on from here.

"We've no complaints, we lost two games, we could have won them and we didn't, we've nothing to say but fair play to Clare."

Clare led 1-12 to 0-4 after just over 20 minutes of play and it looked like this could have been a hammering.

Fitzgerald said their complacency in the opening stages was what caught them but praised the character of his side to come back into the game.

"I thought we played good enough stuff, I'm just very disappointed with the first 15 minutes.

"I know if we played [for] the first 15 minutes, we would have been right there and we were right there.

"The soft goal we gave away at the end, I felt we were going to stick one in the net down there, it was only a matter of time.

"We did, but it was just that bit too late.

"The heart and the spirit though that's what the GAA is about."

The result caps off a difficult week for Fitzgerald and his family.

There has been much criticism of the Clare County Board, which Pat Fitzgerald (Davy's father) is the Secretary of, following the Clare Minor's 40 point loss to Cork on Wednesday.

Fitzgerald feels a lot of the reaction has been unfair.

"The way myself and my family has been treated is an absolute and utter disgrace.

"The way I felt all week, I didn't even know if I wanted to come into this game, to tell ya the truth.

"In Clare, the biggest problem we have is a small bunch of people that create problems, they think they're helping but they're not."

Fitzgerald went on to call for unity amongst Clare GAA people, saying they needed to work together for the benefit of the county.

With Fitzgerald's Wexford future unknown after another early exit from the All-Ireland championship, he also hinted at perhaps working with people from his native county again.

"I'm a simple person that loves GAA, I think I'm one of the most ever who played for Clare GAA.

"My dad, who I'm extremely proud of, has done an unbelievable job, the amount of abuse and stick and criticism he has taken unwarranted is not, not justified.

"People have brothers and sisters, mams and dads, people have people that care about them and what people in the media in Clare have done is absolutely disgusting.

"What people on social media have done is disgusting.

"What one or two people, one or two clubs have done, instead of looking at themselves and how they can make things better, they have tried to pull us into a place they don't need to be.

"We need to stop, we need to work together.

"I'll tell ya straight out, for the sake of Clare, 110%, if someone got a meeting with me and Brian Lohan in the morning I'd do it.

"I mightn't like Brian Lohan and the way he does stuff but we shouldn't be at each other in Clare, if Clare are to succeed, they all need to be together.

"Would I put it to bed? I'm saying it straight now, I'd stand up in the morning and I'd go talk to anyone, shake hands and put it to bed, 110%."


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