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Mick O'Dwyer looks ahead to tougher tests for Clare after victory over Limerick IT

Updated: Monday, 07 Jan 2013 15:10 | Comments

Mick O'Dwyer (c) with his fellow Clare selectors look on in Milltown-Malbay
Mick O'Dwyer (c) with his fellow Clare selectors look on in Milltown-Malbay

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Mick O'Dwyer says he has not placed too much importance on Clare's 18-point winning margin over Limerick IT in the McGrath Cup.

The Banner led by 11 points at the break and their opponents managed just three scores in the entire game.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the 1-20 to 1-02 win, O'Dwyer said: "You go out and you kick footballs and that is the most important thing. We kicked about 20 points, which is good. The more points you can kick the better, it was good practice for us on the day, no more than that we can say."

The 76-year-old also acknowledged that there are much tougher assignments coming down the line, starting with next week's tie with Limerick.

"It was a nice game to watch from a Clare point of view," he said.

"There was some good football played, some good combined moves but Limerick IT weren't up to the real standard today.

"There are a lot of their inter-county players that didn't appear today so they had a weakened side."

"We’ll have more trial games as the year goes on and it is very hard to know who will finish up on this team" - Mick O'Dwyer

“You can only play what it is front of you. Next Sunday will be a lot better test, we'll be playing Limerick and Limerick have been a good side over the last 10 years. We’re looking forward to that.”

The former Kerry manager, not renowned for taking pre-Championship tournaments too seriously, stressed that there is a long road to travel before any players can claim a starting spot for the summer.

He said: “There was about seven or eight young fellows that didn’t play with Clare before so we are giving every young fellow in the county a fair crack of the whip.

“We’ll have more trial games as the year goes on and it is very hard to know who will finish up on this team. We’ll definitely go through what we have in Clare in this present time and we’re getting a great commitment from the clubs and the players.

"[Shane McGrath] has played at a high standard in Dublin. When you play football in Dublin you are playing at a very high standard and he proved that today. He got some marvellous scores and he is a marvellous footballer."

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