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Conor McGrath salutes 'real hero' Shane O'Donnell after hat-trick in All-Ireland final

Updated: Saturday, 28 Sep 2013 21:46 | Comments

Clare were crowned All-Ireland Hurling champions today Shane O'Donnell scored three goals for Clare.
Clare were crowned All-Ireland Hurling champions today Shane O'Donnell scored three goals for Clare.

Conor McGrath saluted Shane O'Donnell after he hit a three-goal salvo for Clare in the All-Ireland Hurling final replay in Croke Park on Saturday.

The 19-year-old was a late inclusion in the team ahead of Darach Honan and bagged three goals in 19 minutes.

The hat-trick helped Clare go on to win 5-16 to 3-16 as they won the All-Ireland for the first time since 1997. 

McGrath told RTÉ Sport: "It is incredible. I don't think any of us thought we would be here this year. To get here this fast and do it in our first year is incredible.

"This team has shown a lot of character all during the year. We knew Cork were going to come back all through the match.

"It has to take a quick couple of scores here and there and a bit of luck to get over the line and thankfully we got it.

"It was a great moment for myself to score a goal but Shane O'Donnell was the real hero.

"It was his first day in Croke Park and he scored 3-03 so he is man-of-the-match, no doubt."

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