Banner crush Rebels in Munster Under-21 hurling final

Updated: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 21:37 | Comments

Clare talisman Shane O'Donnell evades the Rebels' Michael Collins on the way to scoring the opening goal in Ennis
Clare talisman Shane O'Donnell evades the Rebels' Michael Collins on the way to scoring the opening goal in Ennis

Clare 1-28 Cork 1-13

Clare claimed a third Bord Gais Energy Munster Under-21 hurling title in a row as they cruised to an emphatic victory over Cork at Cusack Park in Ennis.

The Banner dominated the opening period and enjoyed a 1-15 to 0-05 advantage at the interval.

Shane O'Donnell grabbed a splendid goal in the 19th minute, finishing a fluid move which featured Aaron Cunningham and David Reidy.

Cork improved slightly as the match wore on, with Anthony Spillane reducing the deficit with a 43rd minute goal, but Clare ran out comprehensive winners.

Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor's team dictated the pace from the outset, with wing-forward Bobby Duggan sharp from play and frees as Cork struggled to gain a foothold in the game.

The Rebels had opted to use Mark Collins as a sweeper, but it scarcely mattered as Clare completely ruled the first half.

When the interval rolled around Clare had registered a staggering 1-15 from 24 scoring chances which was a reflection of their control.

Aaron Cunningham, Tony Kelly (two), and Bobby Duggan rattled over scores before Cork's Robert O'Shea notched a free.

Clare then went into overdrive, scoring 1-08 without reply.

Bobby Duggan continued to shine and then O'Donnell, ever the opportunist, raced clear and hammered the ball to the back of the net.

Trailing by 13 points at half-time, Cork’s after the restart was simply damage limitation.

Collins and O'Shea did their utmost for Cork, but at the opposite end of the field Clare carried a potent threat.

When the impressive David Reidy clipped a fine point in the 35h minute it meant all of Clare's starting forwards had scored.

Cunningham was also influential for Clare, who were roared on by the vast majority of the 12,995 strong crowd.

Anthony Spillane scrambled a 43rd minute goal for Cork, but Clare were never in any danger as Kelly nailed a 65 and then Colm Galvin drilled a sweet effort from play.

Clare: K Hogan; J Colleran, J Browne, S Morey; G O’Connell, C Cleary, J Shanahan; C Galvin (0-03), E Enright; B Duggan (0-10, 5fs, 165), T Kelly (0-03, 165), P Duggan (0-02); S O’Donnell (1-00), A Cunningham (0-04), D Reidy (0-03). Subs: S Gleeson (0-02) for B Duggan (43 mins), C O’Connell (0-01, f) for O’Donnell (56 mins), A O’Neill for Cleary (57 mins), S McGrath for Enright (58 mins), B Carey for Colleran (59 mins)

Cork: P Collins; S Murphy, C Barry, C Buckley; K Kavanagh, C Burke, D Brosnan; C Walsh, R Cahalane; S O’Keefe (0-01), C Spillane, M Collins (0-03); A Spillane (1-00), A Cadogan, R O’Shea (0-07, 4fs, 165). Subs: M Sugrue (0-01) for Walsh (15 mins), K McIntyre (0-01) for Cahalane (31 mins), M O’Connor for Spillane (52 mins)

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary).

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