Cork 2-11 Clare 1-10
Cork have reached the Munster final with an unconvincing display against a determined Clare side. The Bannermen certainly gave the hot favourites a run for their money this afternoon, using the wind-advantage to race into a three-point lead after twelve minutes with two frees from corner-forwards Colm Mullen and a Denis Russell point from play. Lethargic Cork took 17 minutes to register a score before half forward BJ O'Sullivan scored a close-range goal to level the game. He scored another point straight away, quickly followed by scores from Brendan Jer O'Sullivan and Fionan Murray to briefly nudge Cork into a three-point lead. A mix-up in the Cork defence let Mullen in to score an equalising goal for Clare. With Cork forwards guilty of several glaring misses, the sides went into half-time level on 1-5 each.
Fionan Murray eased the nerves of Cork supporters with a punched goal after five minutes of the second half, but they could not pull away from the visitors who fought back with points from two more Mullen frees and Paul Hehir and Denis Russell. Cork sub Colin Corkery missed a penalty with ten minutes to go, but he redeemed himself with two late points to clinch an unconvincing victory for the Rebels, who progress to face Kerry on July 15 at Pairc Ui Caoimh in the Munster final.
Joe Kavanagh knows that there needs to be a major improvement ahead of the game against the reigning All Ireland champions. "If we had been playing Kerry today, we would have been beaten by 10 to 15 points.
"With three weeks to go, we know that we have a lot of hard work to do," said the Cork captain.
Filed by Greg McKevitt