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Eoin Larkin hits out at Kilkenny following heaviest competitive defeat under Cody

It’s now two defeats in a row for the Cats after this afternoon’s 13-point loss to Clare.

Podge Collins and Jamie Shanahan with Conor Fogarty, Paul Murphy and Richie Hogan Clare had the better of this afternoon's clash with Kilkenny in Ennis. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

EOIN LARKIN HAS criticised Kilkenny after they suffered their second consecutive defeat in Allianz Hurling League Division 1A today.

Having been beaten by Waterford last weekend, the Cats suffered a 2-19 to 0-12 loss this afternoon at Cusack Park to a Clare side who were comprehensively defeated by Cork in their opening game.

David Reidy and Aron Shanagher chipped in with 1-11 between them as the Banner recorded a 13-point triumph — their biggest ever win against Kilkenny in a competitive game.

Afterwards, Larkin took to Twitter to express his frustration with Kilkenny’s performance, with his criticism seemingly directed at their younger players. He tweeted:

Not good enough from Kilkenny. Still reliant on experienced lads. Younger lads need to have the attitude, never give up. Too many standing around.

Although manager Brian Cody included some young players in his side, such as debutant Evan Cody, Kilkenny had plenty of experienced campaigners on the field in Ennis, including TJ Reid, Richie Hogan, Conor Fogarty and Paul Murphy.

Brian Cody celebrates with Eoin Larkin Brian Cody with Eoin Larkin following Kilkenny's 2015 All-Ireland win. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

This is Eoin Larkin’s first season as a spectator since he broke onto the Kilkenny panel in 2005. The 32-year-old forward retired in December, having won eight All-Irelands, 10 Leinster titles, six National Leagues and two All-Stars.

Kilkenny’s next outing is a meeting with Cork at Nowlan Park on Sunday, 5 March.

Today’s defeat was Kilkenny’s heaviest in a league or championship game since Brian Cody took charge back in November 1998.

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