Thursday 18 January 2018

O'Donovan heroics rescue draw for Clare in thrilling All-Ireland

Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25

8 September 2013; Anthony Nash, Cork, shoots to score his side's second goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Anthony Nash, Cork, shoots to score his side's second goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Anthony Nash, Cork, shoots to score his side's second goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Seamus Harnedy, Cork, in action against Cian Dillon, Clare. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Conor Lehane, Cork, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Conor Lehane, Cork, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; The Clare players stand for the national anthem. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Brendan Bulger, Clare, in action against Patrick Cronin, Cork. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Conor Lehane, Cork, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash appeals to referee Brian Gavin after his free was saved. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Seamus Harnedy, Cork, in action against Conor Ryan, Clare. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Referee Brian Gavin speaks with Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly before a Cork free. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Conor Lehane, Cork, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Conor Lehane, Cork, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Domhnall O'Donovan, Clare, in action against Stephen Moylan, Cork. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Conor Lehane, Cork, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Domhnall O'Donovan, Clare, in action against Stephen Moylan, Cork. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Anthony Nash, Cork, shoots to score his side's second goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Domhnall O'Donovan, Clare, in action against Stephen Moylan, Cork. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 September 2013; Domhnall O'Donovan, Clare, in action against Stephen Moylan, Cork. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

It went to the last puck, fitting for an extraordinary day and an incredible match. With the game deep in injury time, Clare corner back Domhnall O’Donovan tore up the left wing and scored a majestic leveller.

On the run of play it was well merited. For long spells Clare held the upper hand but Cork kept themselves alive with goals, scoring three in the second half.

This will go down as one of the classic All-Ireland finals, an endlessly flowing and high-scoring thriller, which Cork looked to have pinched near the end. After Pa Cronin scored their third goal in the 63rd minute they drew level, having trailed by four points only two minutes earlier after a point from the inspirational Conor Ryan.

Colin Ryan put Clare back in front after the Cronin goal but Patrick Horgan levelled and then scored what looked the winner from play in injury time. It was the only time they had led over the entire match. But O’Donovan produced a final heroic intervention to send the final to a replay for the second successive year, September 28 the selected date.

Clare, in a surprise move, abandoned their sweeper system and went man to man, with Conor Ryan moving to left half back and having an outstanding match. Clare had the better of the first half, their half back dominating and limiting Cork’s scoring to the flawless free-taking of Horgan. Cork’s leading forward finished the first half with a monster score from play but his six from place balls were critical in keeping Cork afloat. One of those was a gift after the referee overlooked a slash on a Clare defender moments before.

There was also controversy when the umpires failed to report Shane O’Neill for a red card offence, instead booking both O’Neill and his man, Darach Honan. Both teams had a goal chance, Honan’s ground stroke well saved by Anthony Nash, while at the other end Daniel Kearney was denied by an excellent stop by Patrick Kelly. From a free in the follow-up, Nash’s piledriver from the 20m line was blocked by a well advanced Kelly.

Sheleen Glynn and Emma Coakley from Mallow at the All Ireland Final
Sheleen Glynn and Emma Coakley from Mallow at the All Ireland Final
Clare Fans at the All Ireland Final
Elaine Murphy with Aoife O'Riordan and Marie Sweeney from Mallow at the All Ireland Final
Stephanie White with Elaine O'Brien and Sarah Crowley from Cork at the All Ireland Final
Roisin Lillis,Clara Kennedy with Sally Glynn and Ellie Mc Grath at the All Ireland Final
Meadhbh Vaughan with Kate Scanlon and Maria Vaughan from Clare at the All Ireland Final
Sheleen Glynn and Emma Coakley from Mallow at the All Ireland Final
Clare supporters, left to right, Claire Kearney, Sarah O'Connor and Eleanor Custy, from Ennis, Co. Clare, ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams arrives ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin
Former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Bernard Dunne ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Cork supporters Claire, left, and Catherine Conden, from Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork, ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Becca Keeffe, from Ballinhassig, Co. Cork, and her friend Emma McLoughlin, from Carrigaholt, Co. Clare, ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Leinster's Issac Boss arrives ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan T.D. arrives ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine Simon Coveney T.D. ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring T.D., ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Robert and Marian Heffernan with their children, Cathal and Megan, ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Former Cork hurler Tomás Mulcahy arrives ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Joan Burton ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
RTÉ broadcaster Jimmy McGee ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Cork supporters on their way to the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Celebrity chef Dylan McGrath on his way to the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Darren Droney, Anne McInerney, Emma Droney all from Kilcock at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Carol McSweeney at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.
Katie McKenna Ennis and Aisling o Halloran at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.
Caroline & Grainne Madden from Scariff at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke
Comedian Dara O Briain at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.
Con Hurley from Castlemagner at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
) Cliona O Connell from Kildysart Clare & Brian Calinan from Glandore at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.
Cork fans at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.
Minister for Social Protection Joan burton TD & Aoife Carroll at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.
Racewalker Rob Heffernan with (L to R) Catahal (8) wife Marion Heffernan & Megan 10 All from Douglas at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.
Sean ODonoghue from Inniscarra at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.
Paul Murphy & Linda O'Leary both from Carrig navar at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Ciaran Buckley from Mallow at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the Smiddy family Fionnuala, Aoife 10, Daire 8 & Dave at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin TD & his daughter Aoibha Martin (17) at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cyril Kavanagh Douglas & Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin TD at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sean o Donoghue from Inniscarra at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Jason o Reilly 12 from Parteen at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Katie McKenna Ennis & Aisling o Halloran kKlmaley at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cork fans at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Aisling Butler from Kilbritain & Aoife Hearty from Bandon at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Liam Redmond from Skibbereen at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Brian O'Rourke Carrigaline at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Ex Irish Soccer International kevin Moran at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Karen Sutton from Stoneybatter at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Rachel Ryan Doonbeg at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Amanda Ryan & Rachel Ryan both from Doonbeg at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Donna Lyons, Lisa Hegarty & Jennifer Lyons all from Mallow at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Linda Buckley from Inniscarra at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
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Siobhan Brennan, Mary Beamish, Siobhan Hennessy all from Clonakilty at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park
Michelle Casey Ennis, Mary Carey Ennis, Elaine Doolaghty Barefield at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cathal Quirke from Whitegate at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.
Sinead ORiordan & Aisling OShea both from Ballycotton at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Caoimhe Kelleher from Mallow at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Eleanor Custy from Doora, Barefield, Clare Kearney Corofin at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Amy Solon, Katie Hynes, Niamh Quirke all from White Gate at the All Ireland Hurling Final between Cork & Clare in Croke Park, Dublin.

But Clare had most of the play and should have gone in more ahead, instead having to settle for a 0-12 to 0-10 interval advantage. Ryan started left half back on Seamus Harnedy and dominated, forcing switches in the Cork half forward line. For most of the half Cork had only one score from play, an early Harnedy point, and a solitary wide, from a Nash free.

Clare missed a few chances within range but they had a good spread of scorers, with all of the forwards registering by the interval, five of them from play. Colin Ryan’s free taking was as impeccable as Horgan’s; he scored five, a 100 per cent return. Though playing second fiddle Cork improved near the interval and showed signs of better things to come.

The tempo never relented after the break. Clare were four ahead when Conor Lehane soloed through for a goal and they suffered another set-back in the 57th minute when Nash bulleted to the net from a 20m free. A penalty from Nash three minutes later was stopped by Colin Ryan, but Cronin’s goal appeared to have turned the tide Cork’s way.

Horgan finished with ten points, two from play, while Ryan outscored him with 0-12, one from play. So much for a tentative tactical game – Croke Park has seen few better. The replay has a hard act to follow.

 

Dermot Crowe in Croke Park

Scorers: Clare - C Ryan 0-12 (0-11 fs); T Kelly 0-3; P Collins 0-3; C McGrath 0-2; J Conlon 0-2; D Honan, Conor Ryan, D O’Donovan 0-1. Cork – P Horgan 0-10 (0-8 fs); C Lehane 1-1; A Nash 1-0 (f); P Cronin 1-0; D Kearney, S Harnedy 0-2, B Murphy 0-1.

Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; C Joyce, B Murphy, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Kearney; S Harnedy, J Coughlan, P Cronin; P Horgan, L O’Farrell, C Lehane.

Subs: S Moylan for Coughlan (half time); C McCarthy for McLoughlin (41); C Naughton for McCarthy (inj 50); T Kenny for Egan (63); S White for Kearney (66).

 

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, D McInerney; B Bugler, P O’Connor, C Ryan; C Galvin, P Donnellan; J Conlon, T Kelly, Colin Ryan; P Collins, D Honan, C McGrath.

Subs: C McInerney for Honan (61 mins); N O’Connell & F Lynch for Galvin & Conlon (64).

 

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly).

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