CLARE 0-20 CORK 2-11
Late points from
Colin Ryan and Cathal O’Connell helped Clare edge past Cork in the Waterford
Crystal Cup semi-final at Sixmilebridge last night.
It was a game largely unseen by many of
those intending to attend it, however, as a fuel spill on the Limerick-Galway
road caused a huge traffic jam from just beyond the toll plaza, with Cork
players and supporters caught in the gridlock.
As a result, the game’s start was put back from
its intended slot of 7.45pm to 8.15pm and then 8.30pm. The pre-match situation
for the Rebels was more akin to the lead-in to a junior B league game rather
than an intercounty clash, with playing resources arriving at various times and
many in different cars.
Ultimately, they started with six changes from
the announced side, as Conor O’Sullivan, Daniel Kearney, Cian McCarthy, Adrian
Mannix and Stephen Moylan were travelling together, while Colm Spillane was
Given that the exclusion of one goalkeeper from
the Cork panel had taken much of the attention, it added a layer of humour that
William McCarthy, named as back-up to Anthony Nash here, started the game at
corner-forward, before Mannix replaced him after his belated arrival.
Despite the upheaval, a free from Patrick Horgan
gave Cork the game’s opening score, but after an even start Clare pulled three
clear at 0-5 to 0-2 by the 24th minute, the free-taking of midfielder Nicky
O’Connell helping them while corner-forward Shane O’Donnell was also asking
questions of the visitors’ defence.
Horgan had three of Cork’s opening-half scores,
but corner-back Donal O’Donovan epitomised the strength of the Clare defence
and at half time the home side led by 0-10 to 0-7.
The minute-hand on the clock was closer to 10pm
than 9pm when the second half started, and Mannix gave Cork hope when he
rounded off a great move involving Horgan and Cian McCarthy in the 44th minute
to cut the gap, 0-14 to 1-8.
After Horgan and Colin Ryan exchanged points,
Horgan’s shot tipped over by Donal Tuohy, Mannix then pulled a loose ball to
the net to tie at 0-15 to 2-9.
Ultimately, though, Clare had the stronger
finish as they progressed.
Scorers for Clare: C Ryan 0-8 (6f), N O’Connell
0-6 (5f), P Collins, S O’Donnell 0-2 each, C O’Connell, J Clancy 0-1 each.
Scorers for Cork: A Mannix 2-1, P Horgan 0-4
(3f), C Murphy 0-2, C McCarthy, D Lordan, R O’Shea, J Coughlan 0-1 each.
CLARE: D Tuohy; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, B
O’Connell; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; N O’Connell, S Morey; C Ryan, P
Collins, E Barrett; S O’Donnell, A O’Neill, J Clancy.
Subs: D McInerney for B O’Connell (45), T Kelly
for Collins, M Flaherty for O’Neill, C O’Connell for Clancy (all 55), D
O’Halloran for O’Donnell (66).
CORK: A Nash; J O’Donovan, M Ellis, P
O’Sullivan; M Walsh, C Joyce, S White; D Pyne, R O’Shea; B Corry, D Lordan, C
Murphy; W McCarthy, P Horgan, J Coughlan.
Subs: A Mannix for W McCarthy (33), C McCarthy
for Lordan (h-t), D Kearney for Pyne (38), S Moylan for Corry (58).
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).