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Munster Senior Hurling Semi Final – Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15

June 23, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Impressive Cork surge past Clare

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Munster GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Clare 0-15 Cork 0-23

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Cork will play Limerick in the Munster Hurling Championship final after a brilliant second half display saw Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side defeat Clare at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday. The Rebels trailed 0-11 to 0-8 at half-time, having been against a strong wind in the first half, but they utterly dominated their opponents in the second half, pouncing on numerous individual Clare errors to rack up a final tally of 23 points. Pat Horgan finished with 0-8 for Cork, while it was a wonderful day for Cork championship debutant Seamus Harnedy. The St. Ida’s man, the first ever player from his club to play senior championship hurling for Cork, finished with 0-3 from play and gave an excellent individual display, typical of the verve and enthusiasm which served Cork so well on the day.

The key period for Cork was the third quarter, between the 36th and 54th minute, when they hit 0-8 without reply, and turned what had been a three point deficit into a five point lead. They never looked back after that fruitful spell, and Clare only hit four more points before the end of the game as Cork ran riot. Clare had started the game well though, and helped by the physical presence of Darach Honan up front, led 0-5 to 0-2 after 12 minutes, with the 6ft 6in Clonlara man hitting two early points.

Cork found their groove though, and over the next 15 minutes, brought themselves firmly back into the game. Luke O’Farrell and Harnedy points kept Cork in touch, while Horgan’s excellence from frees had Cork just two behind, at 0-8 to 0-6, after 24 minutes. Clare weren’t quite making the most of the strong breeze, but Paudge Collins was looking sharp for Davy Fitzgerald’s side up front, and Colm Galvin chipped in with a couple of scores, one a brilliant individual effort from the left to make it 0-10 to 0-6 close to half-time.

However, Cork hit two of the final three points of the first half, one a massive free from goalkeeper Anthony Nash, to go in to the dressing rooms just three points behind. Cork immediately showed their intent after the restart, and points from substitute Jamie Coughlan, Horgan and William Egan had them level, before Harnedy edged them in front at 0-12 to 0-11 with a beautifully struck effort from the right wing. Clare were struggling to find their way back into the game, and Cork continued to kick on, adding four more points without reply to totally turn the game around. Two Horgan frees and points from Coughlan and Cian McCarthy had Cork 0-16 to 0-11 in front after 53 minutes. A Paudge Collins point for Clare finally checked the Cork gallop, but it was a only a brief respite for the Banner Men, as another string of Cork points, including Harnedy’s third, made it 0-20 to 0-13 with just seven minutes to go.

Clare needed goals, but Cork finished out the game very strongly, and their win never looked in doubt as they finished with points from Horgan, Pa Cronin and Nash. They will play Limerick on July 14 in the Munster decider, the first time the two counties will have met in the provincial showpiece since 1992.

Scorers for Clare: P Collins 0-5, C Ryan 0-2 (1f, 1 ’65), C Galvin 0-2, D Honan 0-2, C McGrath 0-2, T Kelly 0-1, S O’Donnell 0-1

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-8 (5f), S Harnedy 0-3, L O’Farrell 0-2, C Lehane 0-2, A Nash 0-2 (2f), J Coughlan 0-2, W Egan 0-1, P Cronin 0-1, D Kearney 0-1

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, N O’Connell; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; C Dillon, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly, C Ryan; D Honan, P Collins, C McGrath.

Subs: A Cunningham for J Conlon (20), F Lynch for C Ryan (43), S Morey for N O’Connell (55), S O’Donnell for C McGrath (60).

Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, B Murphy, C O’Sullivan; S O’Neill, C Joyce, W Egan; T Kenny, D Kearney; C McCarthy, S Harnedy, C Lehane; P Horgan, L O’Farrell, S Moylan.

Subs: J Coughlan for S Moylan (32), P Cronin for C McCarthy (62)

Referee – Barry Kelly (Westmeath)


Ticket Details

Covered Stand: Adult €30, Juvenile €5

Uncovered Stand: Adult €25, Juvenile €5

Stand Concession: €10 for students and OAP’s

Terrace: Adult €15

Terrace Concession: €5 for students and OAP’s

Group Discount: Adult Ticket Discount: Discount of €5 for stand and terrace tickets available when the club pre- purchases 15 or more adult tickets (no further concessions are available on these tickets). This package is only available through the County Board

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Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Clare on Sunday at 4pm in Limerick will line out as follows:

CORK (SHC v Clare): Anthony Nash; Stephen McDonnell, Brian Murphy, Conor O’Sullivan; Shane O’Neill, Christopher Joyce, William Egan; Tom Kenny, Daniel Kearney; Cian McCarthy, Seamus Harnedy, Conor Lehane; Patrick Horgan, Luke O’Farrell, Stephen Moylan.
Subs: Darren McCarthy, Kilian Murphy, Patrick O’Mahony, Stephen White, Mark Ellis, Rob O’Shea, Cathal Naughton, Jamie Coughlan, Michael Cussen, Pa Cronin, Brian Hartnett.

Brian Murphy will captain the side on Sunday in place of Pa Cronin, who is still recovering from illness but may play some part in the game. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s) makes his Championship début, while Stephen McDonnell returns to the side following a long lay-off through injury. Stephen Moylan (Douglas) gets his first Championship start, having featured as a sub last year. Lorcán McLoughlin misses out through injury.

For the Record

Clare Cork
2013 Team Manager Davy Fitzgerald Jimmy Barry-Murphy
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Waterford by 2-17 to 1-18 in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Dublin by 1-16 to 0-16 at Cusack Park Ennis in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Limerick by 3-18 to 1-20 at Semple Stadium Thurles. Lost to Tipperary by 1-22 to 0-24 in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Offaly, Wexford and Waterford before losing to Galway by 0-22 to 0-17 in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 6 51
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 1998 2006
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 17
Won – 4
Lost –  13
Drawn – 0
Played – 24
Won – 14
Lost –  9
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship May 27th 2007 – Cork 1-18 Clare 1-11
Munster Quarter-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2013


Sunday June 2nd

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15

Sunday June 9th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15

Sunday June 23rd

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Cork v Clare 4:00pm


Sunday July 14th

4:00pm throw-in

2013 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15 – June 2nd @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Clare: Patrick Kelly; Domhnall O’Donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Patrick Donnellan (Captain), Patrick O’Connor; Colm Galvin, Seadna Morey; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan; Darach Honan, Shane O’Donnell, Conor McGrath

Subs used: Peter Duggan for Morey (29 mins), Padraic Collins for O’Donnell (55), Fergal Lynch for Duggan (68).

Waterford: Ian O’Regan; Darragh Fives, Liam Lawlor, Noel Connors; Jamie Nagle, Michael Walsh, Paudie Prendergast; Shane O’Sullivan, Kevin Moran (Captain); Maurice Shanahan, Seamus Prendergast, Brian O’Halloran; Jamie Barron, Pauric Mahony, Jake Dillon

Subs used: Ray Barry for O’Halloran (17 mins), Gavin O’Brien for Barron (56), Martin O’Neill for Mahony (63)

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15 – June 9th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, D O’Grady; S Hickey, D Breen, J Ryan; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin.

Subs: C Allis for Breen (42), S Dowling for Hickey (49), N Moran for Tobin (61), C King for Browne (66), K Downes for Ryan (69).

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; K Bergin, C O’Mahony, Pádraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, J O’Brien; S Bourke, S Callanan, N McGrath.

Subs: J O’Dwyer for S Bourke (half-time), E Kelly for P Bourke (44), B O’Meara for Callanan (49), C O’Brien for S McGrath (64), L Corbett for B Maher (67).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 0-9 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65)

Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-7 (0-6 frees, 1 65)

Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) – 0-7 (0-6 frees)
John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) – 1-3
Jake Dillon (Waterford) – 1-2
Tony Kelly (Clare) – 0-4
Sean Tobin (Limerick) – 1-1
Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-4 frees)
Donal O’Grady (Limerick) – 0-3

Shane O’Donnell (Clare) – 1-0

Conor McGrath (Clare) – 1-0

John Conlon (Clare) – 0-3

Darach Honan (Clare) – 0-3 each

John O’Brien (Tipperary) – 0-3
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Colm Galvin (Clare) – 0-2

Seamus Prendergast (Waterford) – 0-2

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) – 0-2 (0-1 free)

David Breen (Limerick), James Ryan (Limerick), Niall Moran (Limerick), Fergal Lynch (Clare), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Pa Bourke (Tipperary), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Jamie Barron (Waterford), Pauric Mahony (Waterford) & Gavin O’Brien (Waterford) – 0-1 each

Useful Information

Clare will come in to Sunday’s game on the back of victory in the Munster Quarter-Final v Waterford. Since 2000, the record of the Munster Quarter-Final winner in the Semi-Final is Won 11 and Lost 2. The only exceptions were in 2007 (a depleted Cork team lost to Waterford by 5-15 to 3-18 after a Quarter-Final win over Clare) and in 2003 (Clare defeated Tipperary by nine points in the Quarter-Final before losing to the eventual Munster Champions Cork by 1-18 to 0-10 in the Semi-Final). Note that this stat does not include Quarter-Final victories over Kerry when they took part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship up to 2004.

Last Championship meeting – 2007 Munster Quarter-Final – Cork 1-18 Clare 1-11

Cork: D. Óg Cusack; B. Murphy, D. O’Sullivan, C. O’Connor; J. Gardiner, R. Curran, S. Óg Ó hAilpín; T. Kenny, J. O’Connor; K. Murphy (capt.), N. McCarthy, P. Cronin; B. O’Connor, K. Murphy (Sarsfields), J. Deane.

Subs: N. Ronan for K. Murphy (Sars, 47th minute); C. Naughton for Deane (58th); K. Hartnett for J. O’Connor (injured, 60th).

Clare: P. Brennan; G. O’Grady, B. O’Connell, F. Lohan (capt.); A. Markham, D. McMahon, G. Quinn, B. Bugler, K. Dilleen; J. Clancy, F. Lynch, N. Gilligan; A. Quinn, C. Lynch, B. Nugent.

Subs: B. Gaffney for F. Lynch (29th minute); D. O’Rourke for Clancy (second half); C. Ryan for C. Lynch (56th); D. Quinn for Ryan (injured, 64th)

Scorers for Cork: B. O’Connor 0-5 (0-4 frees); P. Cronin 1-1; J. Deane 0-3 frees; K. Murphy (Sarsfields) and N. McCarthy 0-2 each; K. Murphy, T. Kenny, J. O’Connor, J. Gardiner (free) and S. Óg Ó hAilpín 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: N. Gilligan 1-1 (0-1 free); B. Nugent 0-4; A. Quinn 0-2; J. Clancy, D. O’Rourke, B. Gaffney (free) and A. Markham (’65) 0-1 each.

Referee: P. O’Connor (Limerick)


The last Munster Senior Hurling Championship meeting of Cork and Clare played in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick came in 1997 when Clare won by 1-19 to 0-18 in the Munster Semi-Final in a game refereed by Pat O’Connor (Limerick). All Munster Championship meetings between the counties since then have taken place in Semple Stadium Thurles.

The 4 games in the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship produced an average of 40.5 scores per game. There were 43 scores per game in the 2011 Munster SHC as compared to 34 scores per match in the 2010 Munster SHC. The highest scoring game in 2012 yielded 47 scores, the semi-final victory for Tipperary over Cork by 1-22 to 0-24. In the two games this year to date, the average scores per game is 36.5.

Over the last 5 seasons, Semple Stadium Thurles has played host to 12 of the 19 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches played. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted 5 matches while Pairc na nGael in Limerick hosted 3 games.

Tipperary’s Pa Bourke was the top scorer in the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 1-21 (0-13 from frees and 3 65’s) in 3 matches. Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) finished second with 15 points (10 from frees and 1 65). Noel McGrath was third on the scoring charts with 1-10, all from play while Pat Horgan (Cork) finished fourth with 11 points (9 from frees) from just 1 game.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (50) – 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary (40) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Limerick (18) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA HURLING 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 –

Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 4 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TV3

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information


It was a very busy rivalry in the last decade with the counties meeting five times in 2003-2008, all of which were won by Cork. The Rebels also won in the1999 Munster final, which leaves Clare seeking their first win over Cork since the 1998 Munster semi-final. Their last meeting was in 2008 when Cork won an All-Ireland quarter-final by two points. The counties have met on 46 occasions in the Championship with Cork leading 32-11 while there have been three draws. Clare last reached the Munster final in 2008 when they lost to Tipperary while Cork last reached the final in 2010 when they lost in a replay to Waterford.

This will be Cork’s first outing in the 2013 championship, whereas Clare have already beaten Waterford by 2-20 to 1-15. Waterford led by 1-9 to 0-8 at halftime and it was level at the three-quarter mark before Clare out-scored their rivals by 2-6 to 0-4 in the final quarter. Colin Ryan was Clare’s top scorer on 0-7 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65’) while Tony Kelly hit 0-4.

Last Five Championship Clashes

2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2007: Cork 1-18 Clare 1-11 (Munster quarter-final)

2006: Cork 0-20 Clare 0-14 (Munster semi-final)

2005: Cork 0-16 Clare 0-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2003: Cork 1-18 Clare 0-10 (Munster semi-final)

This year’s clashes….

This will be fourth meeting between the counties this year with Clare having won the previous three. Remarkably, Clare scored only one goal in the three games, which featured extra-time in the relegation play-off, yet still won them all.

1. Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11 (Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final, Sixmilebridge, February 1)

Late points by Colin Ryan and Cathal O’Connell edged Clare to victory. They led by 0-10 to 0-7 at half-time.

2. Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16 (Allianz Hurling League, Páirc Uí Rinn, March 16)

Clare trailed by 0-12 to 0-7 at half-time but won the second half by 1-15 to 1-4 in a remarkable performance which overwhelmed Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s men. Colin Ryan scored 0-12 (0-9 frees) for Clare while Patrick Horgan on 0-9 (0-8 frees, 0-1 ’65’) was Cork’s main marksman.

3. Clare 0-31 Cork 2-23 (Allianz Hurling League – Div 1A Play-off – Limerick, April 14)

It took extra-time to separate them in a tense battle to decide who dropped into Division 1B. In the end, it was Cork who lost out in the high-scoring shoot-out. Colin Ryan on 0-10 (0-6 frees), Tony Kelly 0-6 and John Conlon 0-4 were top scorers for Clare while Patrick Horgan 0-11 (0-7 frees), Pa Cronin 1-3 and Luke O’Farrell 1-2 were Cork’s main marksmen.

Did You Know

That Cork’s last Munster final win was in 2006 and that since then they have reached only one final, which they lost in a replay with Waterford in 2010. That if Clare win, they will set up a first Munster final clash with Limerick since 1995, a year they went on to win the All-Ireland title.


June 23, 2013
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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