Clare 1-11 Cork 1-20

Updated: Sunday, 16 Jun 2013 18:01 | Comments

Daniel Goulding scores the opening goal
Daniel Goulding scores the opening goal

Cork cruised into another Munster SFC final as they disposed of brave Clare by 1-20 to 1-11 at Cusack Park.

The Rebels ran out convincing winners in the end, aided by a Daniel Goulding goal after Clare had pulled a 0-07 to 0-00 deficit back to 0-07 to 0-05.

Despite Mick O'Dwyer's charges netting early in the second half through skipper Gary Brennan, there was to be no fairytale comeback and Cork had an ultimately comfortable passage through to a provincial final meeting with Kerry.

Despite the nine-point margin, the Rebels were sloppy at times and overcame a few shaky moments when Clare were invited onto them.

In the opening half Clare spurned a fine chance to take the lead when David Tubridy sent a free wide which he really should have scored, before Cork's Fintan Goold opened the scoring.

Referee Derek Fahy was taking a no-nonsense approach and after just five minutes Gordon Kelly and Daniel Goulding were both shown yellows for tussling off the ball, after which Goold added his second point and Goulding pointed a free.

Brian Hurley and John O'Rourke both scored in the space of a minute to stretch the Rebels' advantage as Clare struggled to gain a foothold despite battling hard to win possession which Cork always seemed to have.

Castlehaven clubman Hurley then sailed over a beauty from play before adding another from a placed ball to suddenly make it 0-07 to 0-00 after 18 minutes, and finally Clare began to click into gear at a soaked Cusack Park.

Tubridy and Brennan linked up well to feed Shane McGrath for the Banner's first score, as Tubridy immediately kicked their second with a well-taken free off the ground.

Cathal O'Connor then squared to Brennan who unleashed running full-back John Hayes who finished with aplomb to the delight of the home crowd before Tubridy dispatched another free to make it 0-07 to 0-04 with 23 minutes gone.

Five minutes later, O'Connor played a high ball in for Rory Donnelly but Cork goalkeeper Ken O'Halloran did well to gather it. Despite this Clare came back at the Rebels to narrow the gap once more when Ian McInerney fired over his first point of the game.

At this stage Cork had gone 10 minutes without a score. Goold ended their drought with his third and Tubridy responded immediately for the Banner side to keep the gap at 0-08 to 0-06 until Clare were hit by a hammer blow.

Daniel Goulding was the man who found the net for the Rebels, following good work from Hurley, to give them breathing space once more before Hurley, Kerrigan and Goudling (free) saw Cork lead 1-11 to 0-07 at the break.

In a lacklustre second half Clare netted early on through Brennan and, despite being far from their best, Cork economically kept the scores coming in front of a 3,774-strong crowd.

Goulding added three more to his tally, while Goold, John O'Rourke and Hurley also chipped in with points to make it 1-18 to 1-08.

Rory Donnelly, John Keane and Tubridy pointed Clare consolations as substitutes Donncha O’Connor and Ciaran Sheehan added late scores for to see out the game for the visitors.

CLARE: J Hayes; L Healy, Graham Kelly, Gordon Kelly; D Callinan, J Hayes (0-01), M McMahon; G Brennan (1-00), C O'Connor; R Donnelly (0-01), G Quinlan, S McGrath (0-01); A Clohessy, I McInerney (0-02, 0-01f), D Tubridy (0-04, 0-02f).

Subs used: C Dunning (0-01) for Clohessy (46 mins), F Hayes for O'Connor (57), J Keane (0-01) for Quinlan, S Ryan for McGrath (both 62), P McMahon for Kelly (69).

CORK: K O'Halloran; E Cadogan, M Shields, D Cahalane; J Loughrey, G Canty, T Clancy; P Kissane, P O'Neill; J O'Rourke (0-02), P Kelly, F Goold (0-04); D Goulding (1-05, 0-03f), B Hurley (0-05, 0-02f), P Kerrigan (0-02).

Subs used: A Walsh for O'Neill (44 mins), C Sheehan (0-01) for Kerrigan (49), D O'Connor (0-01) for O'Rourke (58), A O'Connor for Kelly (65), T Clancy for Kissane (66).

Referee: Derek Fahy (Longford)

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