Cork survive Clare challenge

Clare 0-11 Cork 0-14

Clare 0-11 Cork 0-14

The Ennis drizzle failed to dampen Cork's All-Ireland hopes as they hurdled a determined Clare challenge at Cusack Park, with a slimline Colin Corkery leading the way with six well-taken points.

The Banner men rattled Cork's cage with fiery starts to both the first and second half, hitting a greedy run of three points to begin both, but Corkery and the introduction of Ciaran O'Sullivan (0-2) and Michael O'Sullivan saw Billy Morgan's men eventually through.

Clare centre half-forward Denis Russell scorched over two frees and hit a handsome third on 5 minutes for an early home lead, but the returning Corkery replied quickly to dispell any doubts about a Rebel side, who hit a paltry seven points against Kerry in the Munster semi-final.

With Clare 'keeper Dermot O'Brien batting away a Colin Crowley attempt, with Corkery unmarked, Cork began to motor with Brendan Jer O'Sullivan, Micheal O Croinin, Alan Cronin, Conor McCarthy and Corkery (0-02 (2f)) raising white flags up to the half hour for a 0-08 to 0-05 lead.

Clare left half-back Alan Clohessy speared over his first of the afternoon to reduce that deficit and it was just a one-point margin by half time, as Denis Russell slammed over from close range.

Another barnstorming start, akin to the one which saw Clare hit Sligo for 1-08 in the second half of their previous qualifier, saw a Clohessy free, a point from skipper David Russell and another Denis Russell free saw an exultant home crowd really begin to believe at 0-10 to 0-08.

On 47 minutes, Cork re-opened their account with substitute Ciaran O'Sullivan notching his first. The critical period came for the men in red as they kept the Clare attack out for the rest of the game.

Not a single score went over Kevin O'Dwyer's crossbar, but twice he was called upon to save at the feet of David Russell and Rory Donnelly.

Colin Crowley reduced the arrears for Cork on 51 minutes, then a brace from Corkery put the visitors in front, 0-12 to 0-11. Crowley and Ciaran O'Sullivan then rounded off fine moves to edge further in front and the game was sealed in injury time as Eoin Sexton punched Cork into the third round.

Scorers: Clare: Denis Russell 0-07 (5f), A Clohessy 0-02 (2f), R Donnelly, David Russell 0-01 each

Cork: C Corkery 0-06 (5f), C Crowley, C O’Sullivan 0-02 each, BJ O’Sullivan, M O Croinin, C McCarthy, A Cronin, E Sexton 0-01 each

HT: Clare 0-07 Cork 0-08

Clare: D O'Brien; P Gallagher, C Whelan, K Dilleen; A Clohessy, B Considine, R Slattery; David Russell, G Quinlan; E Coughlan, Denis Russell, O O'Dwyer; S Hickey, M O'Shea, R Donnelly. Subs used: N Griffin for Considine (12 mins), S O’Meara for O O’Dwyer (ht), D O’Sullivan for Hickey (54 mins), D Neylon for O’Shea (64 mins)

Cork: K O'Dwyer; S O'Brien, D Kavanagh, G Murphy; E Sexton, G Canty, M Cronin; D Hurley, N Murphy; A Cronin, M O Croinin, C McCarthy; C Crowley, C Corkery, BJ O'Sullivan. Subs used: C O’Sullivan for BJ O’Sullivan (43 mins), M O’Sullivan for Hurley (46 mins), S Levis for O Croinin (50 mins), K O’Sullivan for A Cronin (62 mins)

Yellow cards: R Slattery (Clare) (12 mins), G Murphy (Cork) (35 mins), S O’Brien (Cork) (39 mins), A Clohessy (Clare) (53 mins), M O’Sullivan (Cork) (61 mins), E Coughlan (Clare) (65 mins), N Griffin (Clare) (70 mins)

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