Clare co-manager Donal Moloney had no complaints with his side's Munster final defeat, describing Cork as "worthy champions" who came to the fore after the break.

Defending champions Cork outscored the Banner 0-06 to 0-01 in the 13 minutes after half-time, turning a four-point deficit into a lead that Clare would not seize again as Cork ran out 2-24 to 3-19 winners.

John Conlon, so dangerous in the Clare full-forward line during the first half, was deprived of possession in the second stanza - with Moloney chalking this down tot he dominance of Cork's half-back line.

"We are going to have to look at why it did not work out for us in that 15-minute spell.

"The Cork half-forward line started to dominate our half-back line and we were not able to get the ball into John Conlon as often as we were in the first half.

"We could not get the ball over their half-back line in the second half," Moloney told RTÉ Sport.

"We're very disappointed. We performed really well in the first half but let them back into it in the five minutes before half-time with that goal.

"They came out at the start of the second half, that was the key part of the game, that 15 minutes after half-time. We missed a few frees, they got a few scores and that was the turning point."

Clare were seeking their first Munster hurling title in 20 years, but must now rebuild and prepare for an All-Ireland quarter-final.

He complimented John Meyler's Cork on retaining their title.

"Over all, they were worthy champions coming into it and they are worthy champions again today," he said. 

"They have gone unbeaten in Munster for two years. They are worthy champions."