The agony and ecstasy of championship hurling summed up in four images

There was despair for Clare and Limerick in Semple Stadium today.

KNOCKOUT HURLING IS when the championship really comes alive but for every winner, someone has to leave the field in tears and today it was the turn of the Clare and Limerick hurlers to feel despair as Cork and Dublin moved into the quarter-finals.

Contrast John McCaffrey’s celebrations:

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

With Seamus Hickey’s reaction at the end of the game:

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

And the Cork smiles:

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

With the heartbreak Conor Ryan was experiencing:

Source: Sky Sports

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