Hard to see past three in-a-row seeking Clare

Cork playing away from home, written off in all quarters and coming face-to-face with a side laden with senior talent.

Sound familiar?

Pat Kenneally’s charges were branded virtual no-hopers ahead of their semi-final away to Waterford, the Déise men boasting 10 members of Derek McGrath’s panel, and the Rebels are once again being dismissed entering the decider against Clare.

However, tonight’s assignment carries a far higher degree of difficulty.

Clare, led by seniors Seadna Morey, Jack Browne, Colm Galvin, Peter Duggan, Shane O’Donnell and 2013 Hurler of the Year, Tony Kelly, are chasing the three-in-a-row, a feat last achieved by Limerick at the turn of the millennium.

For Cork, much will depend on the exploits of full-forward Alan Cadogan. Unfair responsibility perhaps, but given his senior displays this summer it now comes with the territory. Clare’s balance, consequently, to prove the deciding factor.

CORK: P Collins (Ballinhassig); S Murphy (Blackrock), C Barry (Castlelyons), C Buckley (Na Piarsaigh); K Kavanagh (Carrigaline), K Burke (Midleton), K McIntyre (Carrigaline); D Brosnan (Brian Dillons), R Cahalane (Ballymartle); S O’Keeffe (Blackrock), C Spillane (Castlelyons), M Collins (Ballinhassig); A Spillane (Castlelyons), A Cadogan (Douglas), R O’Shea (Carrigaline).

CLARE: K Hogan (Clooney-Quin); J Colleran (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), J Browne (Ballyea), S Morey (Sixmilebridge); J Shanahan (Sixmilebridge), C Cleary (Kilmaley), G O’Connell (Ballyea); E Enright (Kilmaley), C Galvin (Clonlara); B Duggan (Clarecastle), T Kelly (Ballyea); P Duggan (Clooney-Quin); A Cunningham (Wolfe Tones), S O’Donnell (Éire Óg), D Reidy (Éire Óg).

Verdict: Clare


Lifestyle

Lack of physical activity also causing disturbance of children’s sleep patterns.Under-fives suffering lack of sleep from extended screen time, doctor says

With the housing crisis, renovating a run-down property is worth considering if you have the inclination, time, funds and a good team of contractors around you, writes Carol O’CallaghanBehind the scenes in The Great House Revival

How toned is your pelvic floor? If you live in France, it’s likely to be very toned. In Ireland, perhaps not so much.Big squeeze: Why pelvic floor exercises are essential for women

More From The Irish Examiner