Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Clare battle back to win

Clare battled back from six points down to beat Dublin
Clare battled back from six points down to beat Dublin

Fourteen-man Clare scored a stunning All-Ireland SHC Qualifier win over Dublin, coming from six points behind to triumph by 1-16 to 0-16.

A sensational four points victory in Ennis, their first championship success in four years, marked the end of the road for a disappointing Dublin side.

After losing Nicky O'Connell to a second yellow card just a minute into the second half, the future looked bleak for Davy Fitzgerald's side, but they dug deep and performed with passion and courage which their opponents could not match.

Paul Ryan slotted eight points from placed balls as the Metropolitans moved into a 0-11 to 0-7 interval lead, with John Conlon and Conor McGrath hitting two each for Clare.

Nicky O'Connell was sent off on a second booking, but Clare fought back to go in front with a Tony Kelly goal from a 20 metre free.

Conlon led by example, and with Brendan Bugler a rock at the heart of the Banner defence, Davy Fitzgerald's side held on for a place in Phase 3.

Cork needed a strong finish to defeat Offaly by 1-26 to 2-16 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Colin Egan scrambled an early Offaly goal, but Pat Horgan responded with a Rebel goal, and the home side led by 1-12 to 1-10 at half-time.

Shane Dooley got in for a second Faithful goal, but Horgan brought his tally to 1-8 as Jimmy Barry-Murphy's side joined Clare in the draw for Phase Three of the Qualifiers.

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