Monday 9 September 2013

Amazing All-Ireland Hurling Final

All-Ireland SHC Final:

Cork 3-15; Clare 0-25

It was a thrilling, but strange, All-Ireland Senior Hurling final played at Croke Park yesterday. Clare controlled the play for much of the game, yet the match ended in a draw. The goals, coming when they were really needed, and the point scoring of Pat Horgan, kept Cork in the game. The Clare players showed great skill and harried in packs. It must have been disappointing for Cork that so many of their players under performed. Their excellent goalie, Anthony Nash, continued to puck the ball to his half-forwards and it was constantly taken by a Clare back or mid-fielder. It was strange that the Cork players and management did not take steps to counteract this. The point scoring for Clare, from frees, by Colin Ryan, showed once again the futility of fouling.

The fixing of the replay on a Saturday in late September is a retrograde step: it will take completely from the occasion and the All-Ireland final could end in a damp squib. If the ladies wanted their day in Croke Park they should have been given a Sunday in August.

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