Dublin senior manager Adrian O’Sullivan admitted to not yet being able to decide whether the result was a good or a bad one after they were dragged back to a draw in Clare at Cusack Park in Ennis.
“It was a game we were in control of and should have won and it was a game we hung on for dear life to get a point out of,” O’Sullivan remarked. “It was one of those manic games where it lost all shape. We tried our best to control but ultimately Clare stuck to the task.
£They’re a savage outfit and clawed it back to get the draw out of it in the end but maybe we’ll look back on it disappointed that we should have held on for the win.
“We’re walking out still in the championship and they’re walking out gone so that’s the crucial difference. We’ve to go down to Wexford and Wexford have been in great form lately. They’re flying.
I suppose we’ll be underdogs again, as we have been for every single game and we’ll just have to rally the troops again.
“The group is so hard. You can see from the results, everybody beat everybody. “
The Clare-Dublin tie at Cusack Park ended in a welter of excitement as the home team stormed back from a five-point deficit after Leah Butler’s 56th minute score to snatch a 1-9 to 1-9 draw.
Clare Hehir plundered a goal from the very next attack and Eimear Kelly reduced the margin to the minimum right on the hour. Exchanges were fraught thereafter but it was Clare who found the key score, Lorna McNamara slotting a free in the fifth minute of injury time to bring the sides level.
A brace of McNamara points gave Clare an early advantage but a goal and two points from Aisling O’Neill put the Dubs 1-4 to 0-4 ahead at half-time. It was nip and tuck after the resumption but when Butler arced one over after Issy Davies had done likewise, it looked like Adrian O’Sullivan’s charges had done enough but they had to settle for one point rather than three.