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Jimmy Barry-Murphy: Draw was fairest result

Updated: Monday, 09 Sep 2013 12:20 | Comments

Jimmy Barry-Murphy: 'Clare were very, very good and were a step or two ahead of us'
Jimmy Barry-Murphy: 'Clare were very, very good and were a step or two ahead of us'

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Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy said a draw was the fairest result in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling final with Clare in Croke Park this afternoon.

A gripping final was dominated by Clare but Cork somehow entered the final seconds of added-time one point ahead.

Domhnall O'Donovan earned the Banner a second chance with an excellent score with the final attempt of the game and ensured a replay for Saturday 28 September.

The Cork manager admitted he felt his side were over the line, but that a second chance was a reward for both sides after the 3-16 to 0-25 draw.

He said: "I thought we might have knicked it in the end. I don't think we would have deserved it on the day because Clare were outstanding and we struggled for lots of the game. But the lads showed great spirit and fantastic character to come back.

"I thought a draw was a fair result. We didn't play well in the first half in particular. Clare were very, very good and were a step or two ahead of us. 

"We needed the goals badly. We didn't have many goals all year and certainly we needed them today.

"It is an anti-climax for everybody but that is the way it goes. A draw is a fair result. Our lads showed great character."

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The replay will throw in at 5pm on 28 September, the GAA has confirmed.

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