Alan Clohessey emerged as the Clare hero when he scored an injury-time winning point at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.
The Banner County trailed 0-14 to 0-10 with four minutes left but corner forward Rory Donnelly pointed from play and then Micheal O’Shea raced through a minute later before crashing home the game’s only goal, to level matters.
Carlow’s Seán Gannon had a chance to put his side back in front but shot badly wide. Clohessey then had the final say, as Michael McDermott’s men got their second successive win.
Scorers for Carlow: JJ Smith 0-6, (4fs), B Murphy 0-4fs, P Reid 0-2, J Murphy, D Hayden 0-1 each.
Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-5 (2fs), M O’Shea 1-1, R Donnelly, A Clohessey 0-3 each.
CARLOW: T O’Reilly; B Kavanagh, P McElligott, P Murphy; B Kavanagh, S Redmond, T Bolger; Brendan Murphy, J Murphy; Brian Murphy, P Reid, E Finnegan; D Hayden, S Gannon, JJ Smith.
Subs: D Foley for J Murphy (inj 18), D St Ledger for Hayden (67), D Mulvaney for P Murphy (69).
CLARE: J Hayes; B Hartnett, S Brennan, L Healy; M McMahon, G Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; G Kelly, S McGrath, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, D Tubridy, M O’Shea.
Subs: P O’Dwyer for Hayes (inj 3), N Brown for Quinlan (ht), T Donnellan for Brennan (61).
Referee: D Maher (Westmeath).
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