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All-Ireland Hurling Final Replay minute by minute

Cormac Byrne

Published 29/09/2013 | 05:00

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1: Conor McGrath has the first shooting attempt but it's wide of the mark. The Cratloe man is buzzing from the first whistle though.

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2: Beautiful improvisation from John Conlon to bounce the ball off the turf before splitting the uprights.

3: Shane O'Donnell, in for Darach Honan, has an instant impact with a super point. Seamus Harnedy responds – the unsung hero of the Rebels team.

5: Lorcan McLoughlin levels it up after great work from Luke O'Farrell. The stadium is buzzing following a blistering start.

6: Conor McGrath, causing Conor O'Sullivan problems, lands a beautiful point for Clare.

7: Pat Donnellan bursts through the heart of the Cork defence and finds O'Donnell who fires low to the net. Soon after, Tony Kelly is fouled and Clare are fired up. Colin Ryan makes no mistake from the free.

9: Brian Murphy gets caught a little but Kelly avoids a yellow card. Good refereeing. Pat Horgan takes the free from distance instead of Anthony Nash and he scores.

11: Conor Lehane gets off the mark to leave a goal in it at 1-3 to 0-3.

12: Two from two for Colin Ryan. You don't have to ask the Newmarket man twice.

13: O'Donnell's second goal. Clare are cutting the Cork defence to pieces. Seven points in it now.

14: Patrick Kelly with a fine catch inside his box.

15: Great take from Conor Lehane and he whips it over the bar. Rebels on the ropes at this stage however.

17: Cian Dillon fouls Luke O'Farrell and Nash runs forward. With at least 12 Clare players on the line, he flicks the ball 10 metres in the air and pulls on it from just outside the 14-yard line. Unstoppable shot ends in the roof of the net.

18: John Conlon fouled and it's three from three from the reliable Ryan. Then, following a wild pull from Cian Dillon on Pa Cronin, Pat Horgan splits the uprights from the resulting free, although there seemed to be no contact.

19: Long ball from Colin Galvin and the sliotar breaks to O'Donnell who finishes again. Stunning All-Ireland hat-trick from the 19-year-old in 19 minutes. Horgan responds for Cork with his first point from play. Not a second to catch breath as Tony Kelly opens his account at the other end.

24: Colin Ryan with a majestic free from distance. Nerves of steel.

26: Incredible defending from Clare. Horgan through on goal and a brilliantly-timed shoulder from Brendan Bugler stops him from getting a shot away.

27: O'Donnell winning everything that goes in to him. Flicks to John Conlon, who is fouled. Fifth successful free for Colin Ryan.

28: Another miss from Cian McCarthy. The new men in from the start today having very contrasting afternoons.

31: Seamus Harnedy pops up with an important point for the Rebels.

32: Pa Cronin's shot is waved wide, Hawk-Eye is called in and the point is awarded.

33: Pa Cronin, now in at full-forward, is fouled by David McInerney and Horgan converts the free.

35: Brendan Bugler robbed by Pat Horgan after Patrick Kelly batted Nash's long-range free away and raises a white flag.

35+1: Shane O'Donnell in on goal but this time Shane O'Neill stops him. It's half-time.

Half-time:

Clare 3-9 Cork 1-11

36: Lorcan McLoughlin challenged high by John Conlon, who is booked. Pat Horgan misses the free from the halfway line.

37: Great score from Tony Kelly. Super hook from Podge Collins and he releases Kelly who evades three tacklers and points from the sideline.

38: Pa Cronin fouled and Nash starts to come forward but is waved back. Horgan makes no mistake with the placed ball.

39: Tom Kenny in for Daniel Kearney who has been non-existent. Stephen Moylan, who came in at the break for Luke O'Farrell, narrows Clare's lead to three.

41: Pat Horgan with another free that was moved up after protestation and Davy Fitzgerald is visibly angered by the decision. Only two points in it now.

45: Another Horgan free, and Clare are not happy with referee James McGrath. Cork have upped the intensity immensely, however.

46: Bugler releases Galvin but he loses it. Conor McGrath drops a shot well short.

47: Horgan shows he is human with a rare miss.

48: Colin Ryan rarely misses; the pressure is on. David McInerney produces another piece of stalwart defending.

49: Shane O'Donnell is limping and Fergal Lynch is on as a blood sub.

52: Tom Kenny slips the ball through and Cian Dillon is penalised and booked, harshly it seems, for his challenge on Pa Cronin. Horgan equalises. Remarkable comeback from Cork.

54: Shane O'Donnell shrugs off Shane O'Neill and Clare go back in front. Conor Lehane responds with an inexplicable miss for Cork after a superb catch. Too casual.

55: Cathal Naughton in for Cian McCarthy.

56: Cathal McInerney in for Colm Galvin and John Conlon puts two between the teams after an amazing crossfield ball from Conor McGrath.

57: Tom Kenny's shot comes back off the post. Colin Ryan follows with a missed free. A tough one to be fair.

58: Conor McGrath with lung-busting run and he's fouled by Stephen White who is on for William Egan. Ryan scores free.

59: Ball squirts out to Harnedy after a big block on Conor Lehane shot and he pulls it low to the net.

61: Another miss from Colin Ryan, this time from play.

62: Conor McGrath with a vital goal. Shows incredible speed and he drives it into the top corner. Tony Kelly (pictured left) follows up with a monster point.

66: Shane O'Donnell makes it 3-3 as momentum swings Clare's way. What a display from the 19-year-old. He's coming off now for Darach Honan. Harnedy fouled and Nash comes forward. Clare pack the line but Nash misfires.

67: Nicky O'Connell in for Podge Collins. Conor O'Sullivan concedes a '65'. Colin Ryan follows with his seventh point. Six points in it.

70: Another goal, this time for Cork, Stephen Moylan with a smashing finish. A goal in it and two minutes' injury-time to play.

72: Harnedy foiled at one end and Darach Honan engineers a goal at the other – incredible finish to an incredible game.

Final score: Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16

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