Published Saturday, 14 September 2013
Antrim's Eoghan Campbell reacts after conceding a free (© Presseye)
The Saffrons had shocked the hurling world when they beat Wexford in their semi-final game, but the challenge of overwhelming favourites Clare proved a step too far.
The Banner County were able to call on 14 members of the senior hurling squad for Saturday's encounter, and the gulf between the sides was obvious from the start as Clare raced out of the blocks.
Goals from Davy O'Halloran and Shane O'Donnell helped Clare to a 2-16 to 0-4 half-time lead, rendering the second period purely academic.
Antrim did muster a fightback of sorts after the break with Clare making a raft of substitutions, the result was never in doubt.
While the result and 22-point losing margin will have been a disappointment to the Antrim team and supporters, they will be heartened by their achievement in making their first All-Ireland final at this level.
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