Donal Óg Cusack has been speaking to the media in the wake of Clare’s disappointing Munster final loss to Cork as they prepare to clash with Tipperary in the All-Ireland quarter-final on Saturday week.
The former Cork goalkeeper has been a selector with the Banner since 2015 when Davy Fitzgerald asked him to come on board. Although Davy has since left the post in his native county and taken over the dugout in Wexford, Cusack has stayed involved in the backroom team with Clare under the joint management of Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor.
While there was many a raised eyebrow at the news that Cusack and Fitzgerald were to join forces, as the pair had an infamous rivalry throughout their playing days, they made it work and the Corkman has since gone on record admitting he now considers Fitzgerald a friend since working with him.
Speaking on Newstalk’s Off The Ball this week, Cusack cast his mind back to the days when he and Davy did not see eye to eye as the goalkeepers of Cork and Clare respectively. He cited a Railway Cup trip to Boston in 2005 as the peak height of the rivalry.
Both the Cloyne man and the Sixmilebridge clubman were the two goalkeepers brought to represent Munster as they took on a Leinster selection. As the management team couldn’t choose between Cusack or Fitzgerald to mind the net for them, they decided they would play them in a half each.
It just so happened that Fitzgerald was chosen to play the first half and Cusack the second. When a scuffle broke out just before half-time as Donal Óg warmed up, Davy pretended to pick up a knock.
Check out this clip to see the Rebel legend tell the hilarious full story:
Donal Óg & Davy.
"I said it to my Dad, I've a couple of missed calls from Davy, I bet you he's going to ask me to get involved with Clare." pic.twitter.com/y3mMAE6Mkq
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) July 12, 2017