There is no substitute for experience at this level and the Mid-Cork side had it abundance. While Clonakilty tried their hardest, they lacked the stickwork and scoring power of their opponents.
Clon proved more than a match for their opponents in the opening half. Excellent defending by Patrick O’Sullivan and James O’Brien kept the scoreline down and the sides were level at 0-5 apiece after 20 minutes. The highlights of that period were the two excellent points scored by Clon goalkeeper Mark White.
A goal by James Moynihan eased the pressure on Cloughduv and at the break only the minimum separated the sides at 1-6 to 0-8. The Muskerry side upped the tempo considerably on the changeover and five points in a row had them comfortably in control, Clon failing to score during the third quarter.
James Moynihan was a constant thorn in the Clon backline and he — along with the excellent defensive play of Aidan Murphy, James McCarthy, and Andrew Crowley — ensured they never lost their grip.
J. Moynihan 1-3; J. Lucey 0-5 ( 0-3 frees, 0-2 65s); J. Ryan 0-4; B. Ahern, S. Curzon 0-2 each; D. O’Sullivan, M. Walsh, C. Ryan 0-1 each.
M. White 0-4 (frees); S. White (0-3 frees); T. Clancy, T. O’Connell, D. Murphy 0-1 each.
C. O’Driscoll; P. O’Sullivan, A. Ahern, L. Long; A. Murphy, A. Cronin, J. McCarthy; S. Curzon, D. O’Sullivan; D. Corkery, B. Ahern, S. O’Connor; J. Ryan, J. Lucey, J. Moynihan.
M. Walsh for J. Ryan (40); C. Ryan for J. Lucey (55); E. Clifford for B. Ahern (60).
M. White; C. O’Donovan, L. O’Donovan; D. Murphy, J. O’Brien, C. Crowley; A. Murphy, D. O’Regan; M. Sheehy, T. Clancy, T. O’Connell; S. McEvoy, E. Anglin, S. White.
J. Forrestal for J. Sheehy (25); EB Ryan for J. O’Brien (half time); P. O’Regan for S. McEvoy (40); M. Scally for C. Crowley (40).
A. Barry (Sarsfields).