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Sunday 24 September 2017

Cork dismantle Clare in second half surge

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy looks on during the final moments of the game
Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy looks on during the final moments of the game

A superb second half display catapulted Cork into Munster final following a 0-23 to 0-15 victory over Davy Fitzgerald's Clare at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Cork outscored Clare by 15 point to four in a second half where the Cork forward line ran riot.

Clare did squander a number of goal chances and found Rebel netminder Anthony Nash in brilliant form.

Playing with the breeze in the opening half, Clare were just about the better side with Darach Honan impressing at full-forward and led by 0-11 to 0-8 at the break.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy's men were expected to have an advantage with the elements in their favour but few expected them to steamroll Clare like they did.

They began the second half with eight unanswered points before the industrious Padraic Collins got Clare's first score of the half.

Clare toiled in vain  as Cork romped to an eight point success, their first victory over Clare in 2013 at the fourth attempt.

Cork will face Limerick in the Munster decider on July 14 while Clare go into tomorrow morning's Phase Two qualifier draw.

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