Donal Óg Cusack’s involvement as a Clare selector got off to a winning start in Sixmilebridge against his native county, as Clare recorded a 1-14 to 0-14 win over Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling League.
Shane O’Donnell’s second-half goal was crucial in a tightly-contested encounter.
Clare led by 0-08 to 0-06 at half-time, with Paudie O’Sullivan and debutant William Leahy working hard for Cork, while 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly registered five points for the hosts.
Clare extended their advantage on the restart, but O’Sullivan and Luke Meade cut the gap to the minimum.
However, O’Donnell’s goal provided the platform for victory.
In Kilmallock, a strong first-half display helped Limerick to a 2-23 to 0-18 win over Kerry.
Limerick, who fired 15 wides in total, led by 1-14 to 0-05 at half-time, with David Reidy claiming 1-02 at that stage.
A Michael Ryan goal helped Limerick to a 2-20 to 0-11 lead entering the final quarter, and although Kerry worked hard to register the final six points, it wasn’t enough for the Kingdom.
Cork goalkeeping great Cusack, above right with Fitzgerald, is in his first season as a selector with Clare.