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Aidan McCarthy scoring a goal against Eoin Murphy. Laszlo Geczo/INPHO
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Clare hold off Kilkenny fightback to clinch hurling league title after thrilling final

Clare are league champions for the first time since 2016.

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Clare 3-16

Kilkenny 1-20

CLARE HAVE BEEN crowned Division 1 hurling league champions after surviving a late Kilkenny fightback which saw the Cats reduce a seven point gap to two by the final whistle.

Two goals from Aidan McCarthy along with a third by David Fitzgerald help ensure victory for the Banner who have suffered back-to-back All-Ireland semi-final defeats at the hands of Kilkenny.

Eoin Cody raised a green flag at the other end to bring Kilkenny roaring back into contention on 53 minutes, but missed a crucial penalty which could affected the outcome of the result. McCarthy coolly slotted over an injury-time free to help secure a first league title for Clare since 2016.

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