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Thursday 18 September 2014

All-Ireland champions Clare live to fight another day after pulsating draw

Clare 2-25 Wexford 2-25 (AET)

Published 05/07/2014 | 17:57

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Clare's Cian Dillon celebrates as his teammate Seadna Morey peals away after scoring their side's first goal of the game following a rebound from a saved penalty.
Clare's Cian Dillon celebrates as his teammate Seadna Morey peals away after scoring their side's first goal of the game following a rebound from a saved penalty.
Clare's John Conlon in action against Ciarán Kenny, right, and Eoin Moore of Wexford in  All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifier in Cusack Park, Ennis
Clare's John Conlon in action against Ciarán Kenny, right, and Eoin Moore of Wexford in All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifier in Cusack Park, Ennis

All-Ireland champions Clare were held to a draw by a game Wexford side after an enthralling encounter in a sun kissed Cusack Park.

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The game’s momentum swung back and forth on several occasions but ended with Clare’s Conor McGrath and Wexford’s Paul Morris swapping scores to ensure the sides will have to do it all again in Wexford Park, with the game likely to be fixed for next Saturday.

Clare never led until the first period of extra time but Liam Dunne’s Wexford were superb and deserved at least another shot at the champions.

It was a fitting end to an exciting 90 minutes hurling that might have seen either side progress.

Wexford dominated much of the normal time though those final minutes saw high drama and saw a penalty awarded to each side. Paul Morris played it safe and pointed for Wexford to give his side a four point lead.

Within seconds, Conor McGrath won a penalty off Keith Rossiter. Tony Kelly’s initial effort was saved, by Seadna Morey, who had only just come on, somehow swept the rebound to the net beneath a mass of bodies.

Clare’s tails were up now and with the clock ticking into injury time, Conor Ryan stormed forward to draw the sides level. Cathal McAllister offered just one minute extra where Darach Honan or Garrett Sinnott might have won it for their sides.

However, the sides went to the additional periods but even that couldn’t separate the sides with Wexford Park expected to host a bumper crowd next weekend.

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