Irish Daily Star Division One semi-final preview: Cork v Clare

Updated: Friday, 25 Apr 2014 14:43 | Comments

Cork and Clare meet in Kilmallock at 1pm
Cork and Clare meet in Kilmallock at 1pm

Cork and Clare continue their long-standing rivalry with a place in the Irish Daily Star League final against Kilkenny on offer for the winners.

Clare had to reach the semi-finals the hard way, going through the play-offs defeating Galway and Limerick en-route.

The games may well stand to the Clare side who welcome back All Star Chloe Morey after a cruciate knee ligament operation.

Their half-back line of Roisin McMahon, Niamh O’Dea and Eimear Considine looks strong.

Cork will hope to prosper with Kaitriona Mackey in the full forward line along with Marie O’Neill and Orla Cotter, who has been superb in this position since switching from her midfield and half-forward line berth.

Much will depend on Rena Buckley at midfield as well to lead the way as Cork start without the experienced trio of Anna Geary, Briege Corkery and Aoife Murray.

Cork will be intent on reaching back-to-back league deciders but Clare’s hunger for a final spot may prevail - but by the slimmest of margins.

Verdict: Clare 

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