Munster Senior Hurling Final – Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20

Cork defeated Clare by 1-25 to 1-20 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Cork victorious over Clare in Munster hurling final

Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20

Report by John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork claimed a first Munster SHC title in three years and underlined their All-Ireland credentials with a thoroughly convincing victory over Clare in front of 45,558 in Semple Stadium.

Alan Cadogan was almost flawless in scoring 1-4 from play and Patrick Horgan contributed a hefty 0-13 as they withstood all that was thrown at them by Clare who will regret their 15 wides.

Cork went seven points up in the 53rd minute but were only two to the good four minutes later as Clare hit them for 1-2, Tony Kelly picking off two points and Conor McGrath finding the net after availing of a great John Conlon run.

Kelly’s second point from close to the sideline suggested Clare had stolen the initiative but Cork, like they did against Tipperary and Waterford, hit back when Cadogan pointed. There was a let-off when Cathal Malone hit the woodwork for a second time, though, and Horgan and Conlon exchanged scores prior to another Horgan free and a Seamus Harnedy point, which sent Cork five clear.

Mark Coleman hit two inspirational points, one of them a sideline cut, and set up Horgan for another, while Damien Cahalane soloed impressively forward to create a point for Cadogan and victory was Cork’s.

Cadogan’s performance stood loud and proud in the first half, helping himself to 1-2 and winning one of the four frees converted by Horgan. Oisín O’Brien made way for Jason McCarthy for the break such was the difficulty he was being posed by the Douglas man.

But Anthony Nash was also prominent in Cork taking a five-point lead at half-time, 1-10 to 0-8. Harnedy scored almost directly from a Nash puck-out in the third minute and Nash was able to find Luke Meade who sent in the ball for Cadogan’s 12th minute goal when he easily rounded O’Brien before finishing low past Andrew Fahy.

Clare came back with the next three scores, all from Kelly and one of them from a penalty after he hit too high following a foul on Shane O’Donnell in the parallelogram. Kelly was enjoying plenty of space but the closest Clare came to a goal when Cathal Malone kicked the sliotar against the post in the 11th minute.

The penalty point levelled up the game but Cork sent over five points in a row, a brace of Horgan frees and scores from Conor Lehane, Darragh Fitzgibbon and Cadogan. Clare broke that spell with two points on the spin but they were cancelled out by another couple of Horgan frees before the break as Clare’s indiscipline cost them more.

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-13, 10 frees); A. Cadogan (1-4); S. Harnedy, M. Coleman (1 sideline) (0-2 each); C. Lehane, D. Fitzgibbon, S. Kingston, L. Meade(0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: T. Kelly (0-10, 6 frees, 1 pen); C. McGrath (1-1); J. Conlon (0-2); S. Morey, P. Collins, A. Shanagher, D. McInerney, C. Galvin, A. Cunningham, J. McCarthy (0-1 each).

CORK: A. Nash; C. Spillane, D. Cahalane, S. McDonnell (c); C. Joyce, M. Ellis, M. Coleman; B. Cooper, D. Fitzgibbon; L. Meade, C. Lehane, S. Kingston; A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, S. Harnedy
Subs for Cork: D. Kearney for S. Kingston (57); L. O’Farrell for D. Fitzgibbon (61); M. Cahalane for L. Meade (66)

CLARE: A. Fahy; P. O’Connor (c), D. McInerney, O. O’Brien; S. Morey, C. Cleary, D. Fitzgerald; C. Galvin, T. Kelly; C. Malone, P. Collins, J. Conlon; A. Shanagher, S. O’Donnell, C. McGrath
Subs for Clare: J. McCarthy for O. O’Brien (33); D. Reidy for P. Collins (h-t); C. Dillon for P. O’Connor (43); A, Cunningham for A. Shanagher (60); P. Duggan for C. Malone (65).

Referee: F. Horgan (Tipperary)



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Ticket Update – Wednesday July 5th

Sunday’s Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Finals between Cork and Clare in Semple Stadium Thurles are heading for a sell-out attendance.

Tickets for the Kinane Stand, O’Riain Stand and the Town End terrace are now sold out while a limited number of Killinan End terrace tickets remain on sale via tickets.ie, Centra and Supervalu outlets while stocks last.

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Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Clare, Cork and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.


Ticket Information

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Pre-Purchase Covered Stand: €35
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Juveniles U-16’s in all Areas: €5
(Clare are allocated the Killinan End terrace, Cork will be in the Town End Terrace)

Rebate of €10 for Students/Seniors with valid id prior to entry at the designated stiles.

The above prices are pre-purchase prices, applicable until midnight of the night before the game. All adult ticket prices increase by €5 on the day.


Team News

Clare Senior Hurling Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have named their starting 15 to face Cork in the 2017 Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, this Sunday (9 July 2017) at 4.00 p.m.

The team shows two changes from the one that lined out in The Banner’s semi-final victory over Limerick. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge) replaces David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis) in midfield and Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara) comes in for Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea) in the halfback line.

Clare starting 15 v Cork (numbers as per Match Programme):

1. Andrew Fahy (Whitegate)

2. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
3. David McInerney (Tulla)
4. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) – captain

5. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)
6. Conor Cleary (St. Josephs Miltown)
7. Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara)

8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
9. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)

10. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)
11. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
12. John Conlon (Clonlara)

13. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg Inis)
14. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
15. Conor McGrath (Cratloe)

Substitutes:
16. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
17. Cian Dillon (Crusheen)
18. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
19. Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
20. Jason McCarthy (Inagh Kilnamona)
21. Niall Deasy (Ballyea)
22. Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin)
23. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
24. Patrick Donnellan (O’Callaghan’s Mills)
25. Cathal McInerney (Cratloe)
26. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)


They meet in the Munster final for the first time since 1999, when Cork won 1-15 to 0-14 in Thurles and later went on to win the All-Ireland title.

PATHS TO THE FINAL
Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)

Top Scorers
Conon Lehane………….0-14 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Patrick Horgan…………0-14 (0-7 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Shane Kingston………..1-4

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Clare 2-17 Limerick 1-16
Top Scorers
Shane O’Donnell…………..2-2
Conor McGrath……………..1-3
David Reidy………………….0-5 (0-5 frees)

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2015: Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2014: Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18 (Munster semi-final)
2013: Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland final) Replay
2013: Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland final) Draw
2013: Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final)

LAST FIVE MUNSTER FINAL APPEARANCES
CORK
2014: Cork 2-24 Limerick 0-24
2013: Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15
2010: Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (Replay) After extra-time
2010: Waterford 2-15 Cork 2-15 (Draw)
2006: Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-14

CLARE
2008: Tipperary 2-21 Clare 0-19
1999: Cork 1-15 Clare 0-14
1998: Clare 2-16 Waterford 0-10 (Replay)
1998: Clare 1-16 Waterford 3-10 (Draw)
1997: Clare 1-18 Tipperary 0-18

LAST FIVE MUNSTER FINAL CLASHES
1999: Cork 1-15 Clare 0-14
1986: Cork 2-18 Clare 3-12
1978: Cork 0-13 Clare 0-11
1977: Cork4-15 Clare 4-10
1972: Cork 6-18 Clare 2-8

*This will be the 54th championship meeting between the counties, with Cork winning 36 to Clare’s 12 and five draws from the previous 53.
*This will be the 13th Munster final between the counties, with Cork having won nine to Clare’s two with one draw. Clare’s last win was in the 1932 final.
*Clare and Cork have met ten times in the championship in the new Millennium. Cork have won eight to Clare’s one (2013 All-Ireland final replay) with one draw (2013 All-Ireland final).
*Cork are seeking their 53rd Munster title while Clare are bidding for their seventh. Cork last won Munster in 2014 while Clare were last successful in 1998.
*The last championship game between the counties was in 2015 when Cork won an All-Ireland qualifier by 0-20 to 0-17 in Semple Stadium.
*The last Munster final to end level was in 2010 (Cork 2-15 Waterford 2-15). Prior to that, the last draw was in 1998 (Clare 1-16 Waterford 3-10).
*Clare last appeared in the Munster final in 2008.
*Cork beat Clare by 0-21 to 1-11 in the first round of this year’s Allianz hurling League (Pairc Ui Rinn, February 11).


Match Programme

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Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final – Cork 4-21 Clare 0-16

Cork defeated Clare by 4-21 to 0-16 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Ring sounds warning for his goal-hungry charges

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium

A first Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling title for Cork since 2008, then, but a post-match warning from manager Denis Ring.

Munster MHC final

CORK……………… 4-21
CLARE……………. 0-16

The Fermoy man reminded reporters after the game how he was involved when Cork won a provincial decider in emphatic fashion.

The young Rebels, 12 years ago, had 11 points to spare against Limerick but were caught cold by Galway at the All-Ireland semi-final.

Ring doesn’t want history repeating itself and he’ll be conscious of the break between now and August 13. This might have been Cork’s third game in 11 days but they looked fresh and hungry.

Momentum’s a great thing and Ring will hope that it doesn’t stall over the next five weeks.

Cork were excellent as they dismissed Clare by 17 points, claiming a 33rd title in this grade.

And it was clear that two titanic semi-final clashes with Tipperary had stood to his young stars.

They got out of jail in Thurles last Thursday week but were deserving winners four days later, in front of more than 8,000 spectators at Páirc Uí Rinn.

The energy and confidence derived from that victory spilled over into Thurles six days on, as Evan Sheehan poached 2-2 and walked away with the man-of-the-match award. Sheehan was the player who took the first Tipp game to a replay, with a goal deep in stoppage time at the end of extra-time, and while the Na Piarsaigh starlet was taken off in both games against the Premier County (he was brought back on in the drawn game), Ring had a feeling he’d deliver a big final.

The manager said: “We know the calibre of player he is — we were just waiting for it to happen.

“If you were privy to our conversation during the week, that’s what we kept reckoning — that he was the man who was going to do it.”

Cork’s imperious minor display set the tone for a day of double-delight, as the seniors followed suit against Clare.

Sheehan grabbed the headlines with his scoring haul, and he netted in the 17th and 21st minutes to help propel Cork into a 2-11 to 0-7 interval lead. His first goal was knocked home on the rebound, after Clare goalkeeper Eamon Foudy had pulled off an excellent save, but his second was a picture-book effort.

Sheehan danced across the 20m line, flicking the ball impudently over the head of a Clare defender before collecting it on the way down.

He flashed a low drive past Foudy into the goalkeeper’s bottom left-hand corner, and Cork had a 2-6 to 0-4 lead.

Clare struggled to cope and while Tiarnán Agnew kept them ticking over with placed balls in the first half, the Banner boys were overrun.

Killian McDermott scored three points for Clare after coming off the bench but Cork had big displays from Sheehan, dynamic midfielder Daire Connery, and skipper Sean O’Leary Hayes.

Cork’s third goal arrived 19 minutes from time, as sub Barry Murphy latched onto Liam O’Shea’s cross-field ball before finishing well.

Robert Downey put the icing on the cake in stoppage time, profiting from Murphy’s long ball to collect Cork’s fourth goal.

Cork march on to an All- Ireland semi-final on August 13, as Clare lick their wounds ahead of the quarter-finals.

Elated boss Ring admitted that Cork had benefited hugely from those Tipperary shootouts.

He gushed: “They did, anything that doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. They’re a fantastic bunch of lads.

“Their commitment, effort, everything has been absolutely remarkable.”

Clare manager Sean Doyle conceded: “We can’t take anything away from Cork. They were worthy winners.”

Scorers for Cork: E Sheehan 2-2, D Connery 0-6 (5f), R Downey 1-2, B Murphy 1-1, B Turnbull 0-4 (2f), L O’Shea 0-2, S O’Leary Hayes, C Hanafin, B Roche, B Buckley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: T Agnew 0-7 (6f), K McDermott 0-3, C Minogue 0-2 (1f), D Ryan, A McCarthy (f), K White, R Considine 0-1 each.

CORK: G Collins; C O’Callaghan, S O’Leary Hayes, E Roche; A Walsh Barry, J Keating, G Millerick; B Roche, D Connery; D Lenihan, C Hanafin, E Sheehan; B Turnbull, R Downey, L O’Shea.
Subs: B Murphy for Lenihan (h.t.), D Hanlon for Hanafin (48), R Howell for Walsh Barry (48), B Buckley for O’Shea (52), D Jones for B Roche (57).

CLARE: E Foudy; B Higgins, R Hayes, C McInerney; C Minogue, D Ryan, A McCarthy; K White, L Brack; T Agnew, R Considine, E Fitzgerald; G Cooney, C Tierney, B Horner.
Subs: K McDermott for Brack (h.t.), C Haugh for Considine (35), G Cahill for Fitzgerald (39), P Corry for Horner (46).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)



Team News

CORK: G Collins (Ballinhassig); C O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe), S O’Leary Hayes (Midleton), E Roche (Bride Rovers); A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill), J Keating (Kildorrery), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s); D Connery (Na Piarsaigh), D Linehan (Ballyhooly); C Hanafin (Na Piarsaigh), L O’Shea (Lisgoold), B Roche (Bride Rovers); E Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh), R Downey (Glen Rovers), B Turnbull (Douglas).

CLARE: E Foudy (Inagh-Kilnamona); C McInerney (Inagh-Kilnamona), R Hayes (Crusheen), B Higgins (Kilmaley); A McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), C Minogue (Bodyke), D Ryan (Cratloe); K White (Inagh-Kilnamona), L Brack (Clarecastle); R Considine (Cratloe), T Agnew (Sixmilebridge), E Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona); C Tierney (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), G Cooney (O’Callaghan Mills), B Horner (Crusheen).