Munster Under 21 Hurling Final – Clare 1-28 Cork 1-13

Clare defeated Cork by 1-28 to 1-13 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship Final on Wednesday July 30th at Cusack Park Ennis.


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Munster U21 Final: Three in a row for Clare

BGE MUNSTER U21 HURLING FINAL: CLARE 1-28 CORK 1-13

Report from GAA.ie

Clare’s dominance of the U21 grade continued on Wednesday night in Ennis as they swept to a third consecutive Munster title in a row with a hugely convincing 15-point victory over Cork. The win, Clare’s fourth in the province in six seasons, means their bid for three All-Ireland U21 titles in a row remains firmly intact. They will face Ulster champions Antrim in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 23.

It was a totally dominant win which never looked in doubt. Clare took control in the first half, and were 11 points ahead by the 21st minute. Cork eventually composed themselves, but they were never able to threaten Clare on the board. Clare took control of the game right from the start in Cusack Park, firing over after a few seconds through Aaron Cunningham. Further points followed swiftly, with Tony Kelly, Bobby Duggan and Peter Duggan on the scoresheet, and Clare led 0-9 to 0-1 with 20 minutes gone.

They then broke through for a goal to cement their total dominance on the scoreboard. A rapid break up the field ended with Shane O’Donnell surging through on the Cork goal and smashing the sliotar to the roof of the net to put the home side 11 clear. Cork rallied somewhat before the end of the half with points from Mark Sugrue and Rob O’Shea, but Clare finished the half as they started it, with Bobby Duggan firing over after some brilliant work from Eoin Enright.

Clare were 1-15 to 0-5 ahead at the break, and for Cork to have any chance of getting back into the game, they needed a goal early in the second half. They managed one on 42 minutes. Alan Cadogan forced a superb save from Keith Hogan, and a scramble ensued when the resulting ’65’ was pumped towards the Cork goal. Anthony Spillane showed great determination and guile to win possession amid a mass of Clare bodies, and he kicked to the net past Hogan.

The gap remained 11 at that stage though, and when Clare responded immediately with two points, including one fine effort from the outstanding Colm Galvin, they led by 13 points as the game entered the final quarter. The final 15 minutes were fairly pedestrian, as Clare coasted to the win. They kept the scoreboard ticking over in the closing stages, with Galvin adding to his tally and sealing a majestic display, and Bobby Duggan taking his individual haul to 0-10.
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Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 0-10 (6f, 0-1 ’65′), A Cunningham 0-4, S O’Donnell 1-0, T Kelly 0-3 (1 ’65’), Colm Galvin 0-3, D Reidy 0-3, Peter Duggan 0-2, Shane Gleeson 0-2, C O’Connell 0-1 (1f)

Scorers for Cork: R O’Shea 0-7 (4f, 1 ’65’), A Spillane 1-0, M Collins 0-3, M Sugrue 0-1, K McIntyre 0-1, S O’Keeffe 0-1

CLARE: Keith Hogan; Jarlath Colleran, Jack Browne, Seadna Morey; Jamie Shanahan, Conor Cleary, Gearóid O’Connell; Eoin Enright, Colm Galvin; Bobby Duggan, Tony Kelly, Peter Duggan; Aaron Cunningham, Shane O’Donnell, David Reidy
Subs: Shane Gleeson for B Duggan (42), Cathal O’Connell for S O’Donnell (56), Alan O’Neill for C Cleary (57), Shane McGrath for E Enright (62)

CORK: Patrick Collins; Stephen Murphy, Colm Barry, Cian Buckley; Kevin Kavanagh, Killian Burke, Killian McIntyre; Darragh Brosnan, Rickard Cahalane; Shane O’Keeffe, Colm Spillane, Michael Collins; Anthony Spillane, Alan Cadogan, Rob O’Shea
Subs: Mark Sugrue for C Walsh (15), Killian McIntyre for Cahalane (HT), Mark O’Connor for A Spillane (50).




Check out photos from a pre-match photo call held in Adare Manor on Monday July 28th


Ticket Information

Supporters can avail of a pre-purchase discount on adult tickets of €5 if they purchase up to 3 hours in advance of the game, i.e. €10 instead of €15. Students and OAP tickets remain unchanged at €10 while all under 16s are free.

Pre-Purchase Ticket Prices

Adults – €10
Students / OAPs – €10
Under 16s – Free

Tickets available for purchase at gaa.tickets.ie, Centra and Supervalu outlets.

Venue Ticket Prices on Matchday

Adults – €15
Students / OAPs – €10
Under 16s – Free


Match Programme

Pick up a copy of Wednesday’s 32 page souvenir match programme for €3

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Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JULY 30TH
BORD GÁIS ENERGY MUNSTER UNDER 21 HURLING FINAL
Clare v Cork
An Clár v Corcaigh
Venue: Cusack Park Ennis 7.15pm
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Extra time if necessary


Team News

CLARE: Keith Hogan; Jarlath Colleran, Jack Browne, Seadna Morey; Jamie Shanahan, Conor Cleary, Gearóid O’Connell; Eoin Enright, Colm Galvin; Bobby Duggan, Tony Kelly, Peter Duggan; Aaron Cunningham, Shane O’Donnell, David Reidy

CORK: Patrick Collins; Stephen Murphy, Colm Barry, Cian Buckley; Kevin Kavanagh, Killian Burke, Killian McIntyre; Darragh Brosnan, Rickard Cahalane; Shane O’Keeffe, Colm Spillane, Michael Collins; Anthony Spillane, Alan Cadogan, Rob O’Shea.

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