Clinical Cork canter to 37th Munster title
Report from the GAA.ie web site
Munster GAA Football Championship Final: Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13
Cork eased to their 37th Munster GAA Football Championship with a clinical defeat of Clare at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday afternoon. The Rebels hit three goals in the first half and led by 3-7 to 0-7 at the break, before Clare shored up their defence in the second half and made a far more competitive game of it. Remarkably, all of Cork’s scores came from play, while all six of their starting forwards hit the target from play, as did Daniel Goulding and Barry O’Driscoll, who were brought on in the second half.
While the Rebels had a three-goal cushion at the break, the first half wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreline suggested. Cork were simply far more clinical in front of goal while Clare were guilty of missing a number of goal chances. Cork moved two points clear in the early stages, with Aidan Walsh and Ciarán Sheehan getting off the mark in the first five minutes. Nicholas Murphy started at full-forward for the Rebels and was a constant threat on the edge of the square, creating a chance for Donncha O’Connor on 10 minutes, which Gordan Kelly, the Clare defender, did brilliantly to block.
Clare had early points from David Tubridy and Rory Donnelly, but they were hit with a sucker punch when Fintan Goold fired the Rebels’ opening goal on 13 minutes, finishing clinically after Walsh and O’Connor had combined well to create the chance. Two Michael O’Shea scores, the second after Tubridy was denied by a last-ditch block, brought the gap back to three points, but the excellent Walsh then hit Cork’s second goal on 21 minutes, finishing smartly after a powerful run through the Clare defence. Cork were absolutely clinical in the first half, while Clare spurned a number of goal chances, Gary Brennan dragging a shot wide, while Cork centre back Eoin Cadogan was yellow carded for a foul which Tubridy then converted.
Cork snaffled another goal before the break, as Paul Kerrigan pierced the Clare defence and laid the ball off for Murphy to fist into an empty net, helping the Rebels to a 3-7 to 0-7 half-time lead. That lead was extended to 11 points within four minutes of the restart, Sheehan and O’Connor both hitting the target from play early in the second half. When it looked like the Clare challenge would crumble, Micheál McDermott’s charges hit back with the next three scores, Tubridy, O’Shea (his fourth), and Donnelly all reducing the arrears to 2-9 to 0-10 by the 47th minute. But Cork were in no mood to be generous and two quick-fire scores from the excellent Colm O’Neill, who finished with four points from play, ended any hopes of an unlikely comeback. Clare remained competitive in the closing stages, but Cork were the far superior side and coasted home to a 12-point win, with O’Neill, Goulding and O’Driscoll adding a coat of gloss to the scoreline late on.
Cork Scorers: A Walsh 1-1, C Sheehan 0-4, C O’Neill 0-4, F Goold 1-0, D O’Connor 0-2, N Murphy 1-0, P Kerrigan 0-2, D Goulding 0-2, B O’Driscoll 0-1.
Clare Scorers: D Tubridy 0-3 (0-2f), R Donnelly 0-3, M O’Shea 0-4, G Brennan 0-2, G Kelly 0-1
Cork: A Quirke, R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan, P Kissane, E Cotter, N O’Leary, A O’Connor, A Walsh, C Sheehan, F Goold, P Kerrigan, C O’Neill, D O’Connor, N Murphy.
Clare: J Hayes; K Harnett, B Duggan, L Healy; E Coughlan, G Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S Brennan, S McGrath, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, D Tubridy, M O’Shea.
Referee: Eddie Kinsella
Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13
From the RTE.ie web site
Conor Counihan’s Cork defeated Clare by 12 points, 3-16 to 0-13, in this afternoon’s Munster senior football final at the Gaelic Grounds. As predicted, the National League champions were much too powerful for Clare, appearing in a first senior provincial decider since 2000. First half goals from Fintan Goold, Aidan Walsh and Nicholas Murphy helped Cork to lead by 3-09 to 0-09 at half-time. And while Clare matched Cork point for point for most of the second half, the end result was never in doubt. This was Cork’s 37th provincial senior title victory in all – and a first since 2009. 9,139 spectators were present to watch the first Munster SFC final meeting between Cork and Clare since 1949.
But on the 20th anniversary of the Banner County’s shock provincial final victory over Kerry, there would be no repeat as a slick Cork outfit, while never hitting the high notes, advanced comfortably to the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals. Goold bagged Cork’s opening goal in the 14th minute, crashing a stunning drive past Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes. Seven minutes later, Walsh rampaged through midfield and beat Hayes with a low shot for Cork’s second goal.
And it was game over three minutes before half-time when Murphy fisted home a Paul Kerrigan handpass in the nick of time. Murphy was on the Clare goalline when he made contact and if Kerrigan’s pass had travelled all the way into the net, it would have been disallowed. TV replays showed that it was a marginal call – but Murphy, who has made a big impact in his new full-forward role – got the benefit of the doubt and Cork went on to lead at half-time by nine points.
All six of Cork’s starting forwards were on target in this clash and the Rebels scored everything from play as Clare were simply outclassed in a disappointing encounter. Cork’s physical superiority all around the field proved crucial to this win but Clare’s inside forwards looked dangerous whenever they gained possession. Michael O’Shea scored four points from play while Rory Donnelly added 0-03 as Clare refused to wave the white flag of surrender.
Better decision making in front of goal could have seen Clare score a goal or two as Gary Brennan drove his team forward from midfield. And Cork had goalkeeper Alan Quirke to thank for a ‘clean sheet’ as the Valley Rovers netminder kept out Clare sub Niall Browne with a point blank save in the closing minutes. Cork’s starting line-up showed two late changes as Graham Canty and Patrick Kelly were replaced by Eoin Cotter and Goold. But the reshuffle proved seamless and Counihan has an embarrassment of riches to choose from – with many pundits having installed Cork as favourites for this year’s All-Ireland title. They’ll receive much stiffer tests than this but the worry from Cork’s perspective is that they’ll have to wait a month for an All-Ireland quarter-final – and that’s the stage where Cork were shocked by Mayo last year.
Cork scorers: A Walsh 1-01, C Sheehan & C O’Neill 0-04 each, N Murphy & F Goold 1-00 each, P Kerrigan, D O’Connor & D Goulding 0-02 each, B O’Driscoll 0-01.
Clare scorers: M O’Shea 0-04, R Donnelly & D Tubridy (2f) 0-03 each, G Brennan 0-02, Gordan Kelly 0-01.
Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; E Cotter, N O’Leary, P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, N Murphy, D O’Connor.
Subs: D Goulding for D O’Connor (51), D O’Sullivan for Kissane (55), J Fitzpatrick for A O’Connor (56), B O’Driscoll for Sheehan (66), M Collins for Goold (66).
Clare: J Hayes; K Harnett, B Duggan, L Healy; C Coughlan, Gordan Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S Brennan, S McGrath, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, D Tubridy, M O’Shea.
Subs: Graham Kelly for Coughlan (h.t.), N Browne for Quinlan (h.t.), D Russell for Clohessy (59), S McNeilis for Duggan (68), C Talty for Brennan (70+1).
Referee: E Kinsella (Laois).
Clare show two changes in personnel from the team that lined out against Limerick in the Semi-Final. Barry Duggan (Cratloe) comes straight in at full back ,instead of Shane McNeilis, for the first time this year. Barry did not line out for Clare during the Allianz Football League campaign. Into the side also comes Shane Brennan, (Clondegad), who was introduced as a substitute against Limerick, Enda Coughlan , who lined out at centre forward against Limerick, now reverts to Right Half back. With Martin McMahon on the bench. Shane McGrath lines out at centre forward, where he has played most of the National there. Alan Clohessy will captain the Clare team, as they contest there 17th Munster Football Final. 1949 was the last time they played Cork in a Munster Football Final .
1. Joe Hayes Lissycasey
2. Kevin Harnett Meelick
3. Barry Duggan Cratloe
4. Laurence Healy Ennistymon
5. Enda Coughlan Kilmurry Ibrickane
6. Gordan Kelly St Josephs Miltown
7. John Hayes Kilrush Shamrocks
8. Gary Brennan Clondegad
9. Ger Quinlin O Currys
10. Shane Brennan Clondegad
11. Shane McGrath Thomas Davis Dublin
12. Alan Clohessy Liscannor (Captain)
13. Rory Donnelly Cooraclare
14. David Tubridy Doonbeg
15. Michael O Shea St Senans Kilkee
The Cork Senior Football team to play Clare in Sunday’s Munster Final at 2pm at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, will line out as follows:
1. Alan Quirke
2. Ray Carey 3. Michael Shields 4. Eoin Cadogan
5. Paudie Kissane 6. Graham Canty 7. Noel O’Leary
8. Alan O’Connor 9. Aidan Walsh
10. Ciaran Sheehan 11. Patrick Kelly 12. Paul Kerrigan
13. Colm O’Neill 14. Donncha O’Connor 15. Nicholas Murphy
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This game will be shown live on TV3.
When – Sunday July 8th at 2:00pm
Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Referee – Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
Stand By Referee – Derek Fahy (Longford)
Linesman – Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
Sideline Official – Brian Tyrrell (Tipperary)
Replay date – July 14th
Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
For the Record
|2012 Team Manager||Conor Counihan||Micheal McDermott|
|2012 Team Captain||Graham Canty||Alan Clohessy|
|2011 Championship Performance||Defeated Clare and Waterford to qualify for the Munster Final. Lost to Kerry by 1-15 to 1-12 in the Munster Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.||Lost to Cork by 1-23 to 0-11 in the Munster Quarter-Final. Lost to Down by 1-13 to 1-12 in the first round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers at Cusack Park Ennis.|
|Number of Munster Senior Football titles||36||2|
|Last Munster Senior Football Title||2009||1992|
|Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000||Played – 31
Won – 18
Lost – 8
Drawn – 5
|Played – 19
Won – 6
Lost – 12
Drawn – 1
|Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship||May 22nd 2011 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final) – Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 – A Donnacha O’Connor goal in the 22nd minute helped Cork to a comprehensive victory over Clare.|
|Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final||July 24th 1949 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Cork 3-6 Clare 0-7 – goals by Paddy O’Donnell, Donie O’Donovan and Jim Lynam helped Cork to win their 15th Munster Senior Football title and just their third since 1928. John O’Keeffe (Millstreet) captained the team from right half-back.|
|Last competitive meeting||January 15th 2002 at Pairc Ui Rinn – Cork 2-14 Clare 0-7 (McGrath Cup Quarter-Final) – a scoring spree of 2-4 from Colm O’Neill helped Cork to a 13 point victory over a Clare team missing their influential forward David Tubridy.|
Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012
Sunday May 20th
@ Pairc na nGael Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7
Sunday May 27th
@ Semple Stadium Thurles Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10
Saturday June 9th
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15
Sunday June 10th
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12
Sunday July 8th (Replay date – July 14th)
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick Cork v Clare @ 2:00pm
Cork and Clare have met in three Munster Senior Football Finals with Cork winning two while Clare won the Munster title in 1917.
- 1949 Final at Limerick – Cork 3-6 Clare 0-7
- 1917 Final at Tipperary – Clare 5-4 Cork 0-1
- 1916 Final at Clonmel – Cork 2-2 Clare 1-4
Eddie Kinsella (Laois) will referee the Munster Senior Football Final and was also in charge when the sides last met in the Championship in 2011.
Clare’s last Munster Senior Football title came in 1992 courtesy of an upset victory over Kerry. The Clare team on that occasion lined out as follows – James Hanrahan, Kieran O’Mahony, Gerry Kelly, Seamus Clancy, Ciaran O’Neill, Joe Joe Rouine, Frankie Griffin, Tom Morrissey, Aidan Moloney, Noel Roche, Francis McInerney (Captain), Gerry Killeen, Padraig Conway, Colm Clancy, Martin Flynn. Sub: Martin Daly
Cork last captured the Munster Senior Football title in 2009 thanks to a 2-6 to 0-11 victory over Limerick at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The Cork team on that occasion lined out as follows – Alan Quirke; Ray Carey, Michael Shields, Brian O’Regan; Ger Spillane, Graham Canty (Captain), Kieran O’Connor; Alan O’Connor, Nicholas Murphy; Paddy Kelly, Pearse O’Neill, Paul Kerrigan; Daniel Goulding, James Masters, Donncha O’Connor. Subs: Paudie Kissane for O’Regan (26), Colm O’Neill for Masters (50), Aidan Walsh for Spillane (58), Paul O’Flynn for Kerrigan (61), Fintan Goold for A O’Connor (62). Cork would progress to the All-Ireland Final where they were defeated by Kerry.
There has been a 57% increase in the number of scores in the last 4 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game). However, in the 2012 Munster Senior Football Championship to date, the average scores per game has been 26.
Cork have won both competitions entered thus far in 2012, Cork won the McGrath Cup in January with victories over Clare, CIT and Tipperary, conceding a total of 20 points in 210 minutes of action. Cork then progressed to win the Allianz Football League Division 1 title for the third consecutive year. During the 7 group matches in Division 1, Cork conceded the least amount of scores (an aggregate of 78 points). Kerry had the second best defensive record with a concession of 86 points on aggregate. Cork’s defensive record in the 12 competitive matches played in 2012 has seen them concede an average of 8.16 points per game.
2011 Munster Senior Football Quarter-Final – Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 – Match Report
Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields (0-01), J O’Sullivan; G Canty, N O’Leary, D O’Sullivan; A O’Connor (0-01), A Walsh (0-01); C Sheehan (0-04), P Kelly, P O’Neill (0-01); D Goulding (0-08, 0-06f), D O’Connor (1-04, 0-02f), D Goold.
Subs used: P Kerrigan (0-01) for Goold (47 mins), P Kissane for Shields, F Lynch for Kelly (both 62), N Murphy for Walsh (65), J Miskella (0-01) for O’Sullivan (66).
Clare: Joe Hayes; K Hartnett, B Duggan, L Healy; John Hayes, G Kelly, M McMahon; N Browne, G Brennan (0-02); G Kelly, D Tubridy (0-03, 0-01f), C O’Connor; A Clohessy (0-01), D O’Neill, R Donnelly (0-05).
Subs used: S Brennan for O’Connor, S McNeiles for John Hayes (both half-time), J Dowling for O’Neill (70 mins).
Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
2012 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date
Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7 – May 20th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)
Limerick: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, P Browne, L O’Dwyer; S Lavin, J Riordan, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; E Barry, E O’Connor, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan
Subs used: I Corbett for Barry (34 mins), J O’Meara for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly for O’Carroll (54), J Cooke for Lee (63), S Lucey for Ranahan (68).
Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; W Hennessy, T Grey, S Briggs; S Ahearne, S O’Hare; P Hurney, S Dempsey, C O’Keeffe; T Prendergast, JJ Hutchinson, M Ferncombe
Subs used: J Veale for Ferncombe, P Whyte for Dempsey, S Fleming for Hutchinson (all 60 mins).
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 – May 27th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)
Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Shane Enright, Daniel Bohane, Killian Young; Tomás O’Sé, Eoin Brosnan, Peter Crowley; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan; Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Leary; Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, Patrick Curtin.
Subs used: Kieran Donaghy for Galvin (45); Brian Maguire for Young (48 inj); Barry John Keane for Curtin (50); James O’Donoghue for O’Leary (50); Aidan O’Mahony for Brosnan (62).
Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald ; Andrew Morrissey , Paddy Codd , Ciarán McDonald ; Brian Fox , Robbie Costigan , Alan Campbell ; George Hannigan , Hugh Coghlan ; Lorcan Egan , Peter Acheson , Shane Scully ; Alan Maloney , Michael Quinlivan , Philip Austin
Subs used: Donagh Leahy for Costigan (26 inj); Richie Ryan for Scully (48); Bernard O’Brien for Quinlivan (64); Aldo Matassa for Hannigan (70+1).
Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)
Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 – June 9th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)
Limerick: S Scanlon; L O’Dwyer, J Riordan, P Browne; S Lavin, J McCarthy, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; I Corbett, S Kelly, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan
Subs: J O’Meara for Kinnerk (27), E O’Connor for Kelly (53), J Cooke for Corbett (56), J Donovan for O’Carroll (62), G O’Connell for Buckley (70).
Clare: J Hayes; K Hartnett, S McNelis, L Healy; M McMahon, G Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S McGrath, E Coughlan, A Clohessy; M O’Shea, D Tubridy, R Donnelly
Subs: S Brennan for Quinlan (58), N Browne for Coughlan (62), D Russell for McGrath (65), B Hartnett for McNelis (66).
Referee: Derek Fahy (Longford)
Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 – June 10th @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Semi-Final)
Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, E Cadogan, M Shields; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan, P Kelly, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, N Murphy, D O’Connor
Subs: D Goulding for Sheehan (52 mins), B O’Driscoll for Murphy (70 mins), M Collins for Kerrigan (73 mins), E Cotter for Kissane (73 mins).
Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, A O’Mahony, M Ó Sé; P Crowley, E Brosnan, T Ó Sé; A Maher, S Scanlon; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.
Subs: J O’Donoghue for O’Leary (half-time), J Buckley for Scanlon (half-time), P Curtin for Donaghy (66 mins), BJ Keane for Galvin (66 mins).
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)
2012 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship
Ian Ryan (Limerick) – 1-17 (0-11 frees)
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-9 (0-5 frees)
Donnacha O’Connor (Cork) – 0-6 (0-2 frees)
Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 0-6 (0-5 frees)
Colm O’Neill (Cork) – 0-5 (0-3 free)
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-5 (0-1 free, 0-1 ‘45)
Seamus O’Carroll (Limerick) – 1-2
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-4
Alan Maloney (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Ryan Donnelly (Clare) – 0-3
Gordan Kelly (Clare) – 1-0
Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3
James O’Donoghue (Kerry) – 0-3
Paul Kerrigan (Cork) – 0-2
Daniel Goulding (Cork) – 0-2
Shane McGrath (Clare) – 0-2
Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-2
Peter Acheson (Tipperary) – 0-2
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 0-2 frees
JJ Hutchinson (Waterford) – 0-2
Tony Grey (Waterford) – 0-2
Mark Ferncombe (Waterford) – 0-2
Stephen Kelly (Limerick) – 0-2
Paudie Kissane (Cork), Ciaran Sheehan (Cork), Gary Brennan (Clare), Alan Clohessy (Clare), G Quinlan (Clare), Eoin Brosnan (Kerry), Paul Galvin (Kerry), Tomás O’Sé (Kerry), Anthony Maher (Kerry), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), John Cooke (Limerick), Eoghan O’Connor (Limerick), Philip Austin (Tipperary), Hugh Coghlan (Tipperary), Shane Ahearne (Waterford) – 0-1 each
Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour
Kerry (74) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011
Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009
Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935
Clare (2) – 1917, 1992
Waterford (1) – 1898
Limerick (1) – 1896
Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams
Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/
Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup
No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928
All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship
In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 13 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.
Cork and Clare will end a 63-year wait for a Munster senior football final clash when they meet in the Limerick Gaelic Grounds next Sunday (2.0). The last of their three Munster final clashes was back in 1949 when Cork won by 3-6 to 0-7 in Limerick. It has been an incredibly long wait for their next meeting in the final but has finally come about after Clare beat Limerick and Cork beat Kerry in the semi-finals. Cork are seeking their 37th Munster title while Clare are chasing their third, having previously triumphed in 1917 and 1992.
How they got here….
Clare beat Limerick by 1-13 to 0-15 in the Munster semi-final. Clare led by 1-9 to 0-3 at half-time and withstood a fierce Limerick onslaught in the second half to edge home by a single point. Indeed, Limerick led by a point with four minutes remaining but Clare battled back and two late points by David Tubridy sealed victory. Cork beat Kerry by 0-17 to 0-12 in the other semi-final. Cork led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time and by 0-13 to 0-11 after an hour before out-scoring Kerry 4-1 over the closing ten minutes. Donncha O’Connor was Cork’s top scorer on 0-6 while Colm O’Neill kicked 0-5.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2012: Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)
2005: Cork 0-18 Clare 0-6 (Munster semi-final)
2001: Cork 2-11 Clare 1-10 (Munster semi-final)
1997: Clare 1-14 Cork 1-13 (Munster semi-final)
1996: Cork 2-16 Clare 1-16 (Munster semi-final) (Replay)
CORK v CLARE MUNSTER FINALS
1949: Cork 3-6 Clare 0-7
1917: Clare 5-4 Cork 0-1
1916: Cork 2-2 Clare 1-4
Flashback…Clare’s last Munster title success
Clare 2-10 Kerry 0-12 (Munster final 1992, July 19th, Limerick)
It will always be regarded as one of the great days in Clare sporting history as their footballers upset the odds and beat Kerry by four points in the Munster final. Managed by John Maughan, they stunned the Kerrymen with goals in the 51st (Colm Clancy) and 58th minutes (Martin Daly) sending Clare on their way to a first Munster title for 75 years.
Clare: James Hanrahan; Ciaran O’Mahony, Gerry Kelly, Seamus Clancy; Ciaran O’Neill, JJ Rouine, Frankie Griffin; Tom Morrissey (0-1), Aidan Maloney; Noel Roche (0-1), Francis McInerney (0-1), Gerry Killeen (0-4); Padraig Conway (0-2), Colm Clancy (1-1), Martin Flynn.
Sub: Martin Daly (1-0) for O’Neill.
Kerry: Peter O’Leary; Stephen Stack, Anthony Gleeson, Eamonn Breen; Liam Flaherty, Sean Burke, Connie Murphy (0-1); Noel O’Mahoney (0-1), Seamus Moynihan; Sean Geaney, Tommy Fleming (0-1), Maurice Fitzgerald (0-7); Karl O’Dwyer, Jack O’Shea (0-1), Billy O’Shea (0-1)
Subs: Ambrose O’Donovan for O’Dwyer; Pa Laide for Geaney; Noel O’Leary for O’Mahoney
CORK’S LAST TEN MUNSTER FINALS
2011: Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12
2009: Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11
2008: Cork 1-16 Kerry 1-11
2007: Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13
2006: Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-9 (Replay)
2006: Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10 (Draw)
2005: Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11
2002: Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-7 (Replay)
2002: Cork 2-11 Tipperary 1-14
2001: Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-13
Won 4, Lost 4, Draw 2
2000: Kerry 3-15 Clare 0-8
1997: Kerry 1-13 Clare 0-11
1992: Clare 2-10 Kerry 0-12
1949: Cork 3-6 Clare 0-7
1941: Kerry 2-9 Clare 0-6
1937: Kerry 4-9 Clare 1-1
1936: Kerry 1-11 Clare 2-2
1929: Kerry 1-14 Clare 1-2
1927: Kerry 4-4 Clare 1-3
1925: Kerry 5-5 Clare 0-0
Won 1, Lost 9