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Gaelic football: DAVY'S ROCKET; Fitz hits the spot to save Bannner.

DAVY Fitzgerald was Clare's keeper of the flame - bagging an injury time goal to rescue the Banner's All-Ireland assault.

The pocket rocket net-minder went from game keeper to poacher - his 36th minute penalty hauling the 1997 champs back from the brink in a pulsating Munster semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Fitzgerald's goal sets up a replay with Tipp at the same venue on Saturday - a game which will attract another near-50,000 sellout, landing the GAA with a pounds 500,000 bonus.

"I knew what was at stake," said Fitzgerald of his last gasp strike.

"Anyway a Tipp player was kind enough to inform me that we would be out of the championship if I missed."

Tipp boss Nicky English saidhurling had never been better: "That's Munster championship hurling at its best. People talked about hurling in the 1960s. I can't comment on that, but I know what hurling in the 1980s was like - and it wasn't as good as that."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Curtis, Roy
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 7, 1999
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