Tuesday 17 October 2017

Clare edge out Cork in replay

Clare secured their fourth title at Croke Park
Clare secured their fourth title at Croke Park

Clare won their fourth All-Ireland SHC title with a 5-16 to 3-16 win over Cork in an epic replay at Croke Park.

Davy Fitzgerald's young heroes sprinted over the finish line in an eight-goal thriller, none more heroic than 19-year-old Shane O'Donnell.

A late inclusion in the starting line-up, he repaid the manager's faith with a thundering 3-3 tally, including a first-half hat-trick.

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash smashed a 20-metre free to the net to keep his side in the game, but at the break they trailed by 3-9 to 1-11.

Seamus Harnedy slid home Cork's second goal 10 minutes from the end after Patrick Kelly had saved superbly from Conor Lehane, and the sides were level.

Within two minutes, Clare had the ball in the net again, Conor McGrath's brilliant solo strike raising the roof.

They went six ahead but in the 70th minute Cork hit the net again, Stephen Moylan blasting home a superb goal.

But there was yet another to come at the other end, Darach Honan off the bench to juggle the ball in from the end line and send it rolling over the line.

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