Clare restored pride with a battling performance but exited the Munster championship yesterday despite beating Cork in Ennis.
The game began with a first-minute Clare goal, Shane O’Donnell rounding Niall O’Leary and finishing from an acute angle. Within a minute Cork had a goal in response Patrick Horgan finishing a rebound to the net from close range.
Clare were sharper for the rest of the half, however, drawing fouls from the Cork defence which Peter Duggan converted. Still, a Daniel Kearney point on 18 minutes made it 1-5 apiece, by which time
Clare added five points to Cork’s one in the second quarter, however, and as half-time approached, a fine Tony Kelly strike made it 2-10 to 1-6.
Cork had two Patrick Horgan free as the rain spilled down, making it 2-10 to 1-8 at the break.
The visitors restarted with four points on the spin before a Duggan free opened Clare’s account. Another two Duggan points made it 2-13 to 1-12 on 45 minutes.
With the rain, thunder and lightning raging Duggan hit another free, which Horgan responded to. A Galvin point and it was 2-16 to 1-14 at the three quarter stage.
Cork stayed in touch and a Horgan goal after good work by Cooper and Harnedy made it 2-18 to 2-17 with five left; another Duggan free made it a two point game and Colm Galvin made it three with almost 70 minutes played.
P. Duggan (0-12)(8 frees); T. Kelly (1-2); S. O’Donnell (1-0); C. Galvin (0-3); D. Ryan, C. McInerney (0-2 each); J. Conlon, A. McCarthy (0-1 each).
P. Horgan (2-9)(8 frees); A. Cadogan (0-4); D. Fitzgibbon (0-2); S. Harnedy, S. Kingston, D. Kearney (0-1 each).
D. Tuohy, P. O’Connor (c), D. McInerney, S. Morey, C. Malone, J. Browne, C. Cleary, J. McCarthy, C. Galvin, P. Duggan, T. Kelly, D. Ryan, S. O’Donnell, J. Conlon, A. McCarthy.
R. Taylor for A. McCarthy (HT); D. Fitzgerald for O’Connor (55); P. Collins for Conlon (blood 52-6); S. Golden for J. McCarthy (62); A. Shanagher for Conlon (66); C. McInerney for Ryan (69).
A. Nash, S. O’Donoghue, E. Cadogan, N. O’Leary, R. Downey, M. Ellis, M. Coleman, B. Cooper, D. Fitzgibbon, D. Kearney, S. Harnedy (c), L. Meade, A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, A. Walsh.
S. McDonnell for Downey, D. Cahalane for Cadogan (HT); S. Kingston for Kearney (47); C. Lehane for Walsh (52); D. Dalton for Meade (65).
P. O’Dwyer (Carlow).