Kilmurry Ibrickane manager Aidan “Horse” Moloney feels his side will need to take their performance to another level if they are to continue the defence of their Clare senior football crown.
The holders ensured they will finish top of the Group One standings with a battling win over Cooraclare, as they fought back from being a point down at the final water break to run out winners by the slimmest of margins.
The Bricks will now have a four week break before the quarter finals, and will hope to use that time for key players like Darren Hickey, Michael O’Dwyer and Diarmuid King to recover from injury.
The 1992 Munster championship winner says while it is pleasing to progress to the next stage, they know more will be needed in the knockout phase.
Meanwhile Lissycasey manager John Ryan is happy with how his side are building momentum after they clinched their quarter final spot.
Last years semi -finalists moved back into contention with victory over Clondead, which saw them securing the second qualification place in Group Three.
Ryan says reaching this stage was their initial target, and now thoughts will turn to building on that progress.