Saturday 18 November 2017

O'Donovan forces replay

Domhnall O'Donovan late leveller earned Clare a draw
Domhnall O'Donovan late leveller earned Clare a draw

Clare and Cork will meet again to decide the destiny of the Liam McCarthy Cup after a momentous All-Ireland SHC decider finished level at Croke Park on 0-25 to 3-16.

Clare corner back Domhnall O'Donovan popped up with a last-gap equaliser deep into stoppage time to rescue a Clare side that had looked winners all the way.

Colin Ryan converted five first-half frees, and two points each from Tony Kelly and Podge Collins eased Clare into a 0-12 to 0-10 interval lead, with Patrick Horgan hitting seven of Cork's scores.

Both goalkeepers were called into action, with Clare's Pa Kelly denying Daniel Kearney and Anthony Nash saving from Darach Honan.

But they were knocked back by three second half goals from a Rebel side that had struggled to find the net throughout the season.

All that changed in a drama-packed classic at GAA Headquarters when Anthony Nash, Cionor Nash and Pa Cronin all blasted in majors to derail the Banner title drive.

Patrick Horgan finished with 10 points, while Clare's Colin Ryan went two better with a magnificent dozen.

In the minor final, Patrick Curran inspired Waterford to a first title in 65 years with a 1-7 tally.

Curran slotted over six first half scores to give Waterford the edge, and they led by 0-12 to 0-9 at the interval, with Darragh Dolan and Ronan O'Meara scoring three each for Galway.

Brian Molloy brought Galway level midway through the second half, but Curran drilled home the only goal of the game in the 56th minute to settle the contest.

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