GAA: CRITICS UNFAIR ON CLARE.(Sport)

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GAA: CRITICS UNFAIR ON CLARE.(Sport)


Byline: PAUL KEANE

JAMESIE O' CONNOR has blasted Clare's critics and told them to lay-off his underachieving team-mates.

O'Connor's had a gutful of gibes that All-Ireland champs Tipperary need only turn up at Pairc Ui Chaoimh today to book their place in the Munster SHC semi-final against Limerick.

It's true that AllStar O'Connor was the only player to emerge from last year's disastrous Munster campaign with any credit.

But he's adamant his colleagues have the potential to turn it on against Tipp and prevent a repeat of their opening day loss to the Premier boys 12 months ago.

O'Connor almost missed today's game because of the ankle injury he picked up in their League quarter-final reversal to Limerick in April. But even though he's fired up for action, the 1995 and 1997 All-Ireland winner has warned fans not to expect a one-man show.

"We haven't produced the goods as a unit in a while, but when we click we can be as good as we've ever been," said the 1997 'Hurler of the Year'.

"I don't feel any extra pressure when I go out there. It's not about me and, to be honest, I don't think any of us care where the scores come from as long as they come.

"If the guys produce the goods then they're capable of winning by themselves. If I had been injured for this game it wouldn't have been the end of the world - whatever people say.

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