By Tomas Mulcahy.
The GAA will reap a huge financial reward again in three weeks time after Sunday’s pulsating finish. Not many predicted a draw but for those that did, odds of 15/1 paid out nicely and will help cover the replay costs.
No doubting Clare should have won this one in normal time and will feel justified in saying they were the better team, played the better hurling and will have been the unhappier heading home, with the outcome.
Cork got out of jail in normal time and will thank their lucky stars for the contribution of Anthony Nash when it mattered most in front of goal, but will also feel aggrieved with referee Brian Gavin for not calling time after the two minutes of allotted injury-time.
The game was over at that stage and a sideline ball that was hit wide should have signalled the end to this entertaining game, but for some reason he found time to let play develop and amazingly a corner back wandered up the field and found himself space and received a pass that left him in dreamland to conjure up the equalising point.
What a score! Credit to master O’Donovan – this was nailed in spectacular fashion to split the uprights and force a replay. Clare deserved this after their previous 72 minutes of hurling and no one in the ground or those viewing on tv could complain.
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