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Fitzgerald is primed for future tests after Clare fight back to clinch title

Clare 1-23 - Waterford 2-19

By John Campbell

Published 09/05/2016

Inspiration: Conor McGrath
Inspiration: Conor McGrath

His side may have just won the Allianz Hurling League Division One title but Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald is hoping the best is still to come.

In pipping Waterford in a gripping replay at Semple Stadium, Thurles yesterday by 1-23 to 2-19, Clare certainly served notice that the Munster and All-Ireland titles are within their gambit.

But Fitzgerald believes that a third meeting with Waterford which now looms in the Munster series will prove the most crucial.

"We have just had two unreal games against Waterford and this gives a taster of what is to come in the Championship," said Fitzgerald. "They are a good side and I can't wait to get to grips with them again. The one thing about this Clare side is that they will keep working to the end."

Waterford led by 2-9 to 0-12 at half-time with Patrick Curran and Jake Dillon firing in their goals and when they went on to open up a six-point gap at 2-15 to 1-15 following an Austin Gleeson point, Derek McGrath's side looked poised for victory.

But Tony Kelly and Conor McGrath in particular dragged Clare back into it. It was skipper Kelly who proved Clare's hero when he converted an injury-time free before piloting over e the winning point.

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