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Last-gasp Clare lift the trophy.

The Banner Men unfurled their colours yesterday as they snatched the All-Ireland hurling final by a single point in the last minute.

A victory sea of flags rippled over the stand and terraces at Croke Park as Clare defeated Tipperary by 20 points to two goals and 13 points, with pocket rocket Jamesie O'Connor scoring just before the final whistle.

Winning captain Anthony Daly said: "It was a battle royal. At one point I'd have settled for a draw. But the supporters gave us a lift and we're delighted."

Pubs were packed as jubilant fans celebrated their second victory in three years. The party will continue today as the team take the Liam McCarthy Cup back to Clare.

Touts were selling stand tickets for pounds 300 yesterday, ten times their face value.
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Date:Sep 15, 1997
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