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'I would love to see more teams in Division 1A. It’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned.'

Davy Fitzgerald wants a change to the hurling league structure.

Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald and Limerick manager TJ Ryan shake hands after the game.
Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald and Limerick manager TJ Ryan shake hands after the game.
Image: Mike Shaughnessy/INPHO

DAVY FITZGERALD WAS celebrating promotion for his Clare charges after yesterday’s win over Limerick.

Yet the Banner boss is still unhappy with the hurling league structure, believing both his side and the Limerick team they defeated should be operating at the top tier.

“I still think the whole structure should be changed. I don’t believe ourselves and Limerick should have been down there (1B).

“I would love to see more teams in Division 1A. It’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. I would encourage them to look at that again. Let’s have more teams up there.”

Clare enjoyed a man advantage for a vast chunk of the game after Barry Nash’s dismissal but the failure to move out of sight on the scoreboard ensured Limerick stayed in touch.

“We went to six points and three or four bad wides and should have pressed on but Limerick are fighters,” outlined Fitzgerald.

“They won’t give in easy. I’d have great respect for Limerick all the time. They’ll keep battling and mark my words, I wouldn’t like to be playing Limerick in the championship.

They’re a very decent team. I honestly think anyone who was there today would know Clare were the better team today.

“I think there’s very little between Clare and Limerick but today I definitely think we deserved our victory.”

Success caps a positive spring to date for Clare. Tipperary are next up at the quarter-final stage but a series of victories in 2016 is in stark contrast to the defeats that haunted them 12 months ago.

“Tipp wouldn’t be afraid of us; they gave us a good beating last year,” stated Fitzgerald.

Listen I’m going to enjoy today if you don’t mind. I had enough of that last year.

“Last year we came out on the wrong end of a few of them and there’s no worse feeling, I can tell you. We trained really well last year and the year before.

“They’re still working hard but small things make a difference and hats off to the lads. Listen this is the 20th March and let’s not fool ourselves, okay? We’re happy and I’m happy for our supporters in Clare.

I think they’ve been great and the one thing I’ve noticed in all our games is that we’ve got no stick.

“There’s been no pressure put on the team and I really admire that about our supporters.

“They got behind the team today and even from a management and team point of view, once you’re positive and behind your team it makes an awful difference.”

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