Friday 30 September 2016

Cork blitz burns off Clare

Cork 0-23 Clare 0-8

Published 10/03/2016 | 02:30

Keelan Sexton joined fellow seniors Cian O'Dea, Jack O'Dea and Pearse Lillis on the U21 squad (SPORTSFILE)
Keelan Sexton joined fellow seniors Cian O'Dea, Jack O'Dea and Pearse Lillis on the U21 squad (SPORTSFILE)

Cork cruised into the Munster semi-final at Cooraclare.

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Cork cruised into the Munster semi-final at Cooraclare.

Though Clare began brightly, they faded against a superior Rebel outfit. Cork began with four seniors in Micheál McSweeney, Ronan O'Toole, Ryan Harkin and Don O'Driscoll, while Clare featured Cian O'Dea, Jack O'Dea, Pearse Lillis and Keelan Sexton from their senior squad.

After an early exchange of scores, Cork hit five points to take control. Clare trailed by 0-10 to 0-5 at the break and faced an uphill battle.

After the re-start they managed another score through Jack O'Dea but it was as close as they got to a rampant Cork outfit.

By the 39th minute, it was 0-13 to 0-7, and then nine more unanswered scores came Cork's way before Clare's Sexton and sub Stephen Sherlock exchanged points late on.

Scorers - Cork: S O'Donoghue 0-6 (3fs), B Coakley 0-5 (4fs), S Sherlock (1f) 0-3, P Kelleher, M Hurley 0-2 each, D O'Driscoll, R Harkin, M McSweeney, R O'Toole, M Dineen 0-1 each. Clare: K Sexton 0-4 (3fs), C Brennan (1f) 0-2, C O'Dea, J O'Dea 0-1 each.

Cork - A Casey, D Quinn, J Mullins, M McSweeney, K Flahive, S Cronin (Capt.), K Histon, S White, R O'Toole, D O'Driscoll, S O'Donoghue, R Harkin, B Coakley, P Kelleher, M Hurley. Subs: E Lavers for Histon (45), M Dineen for O'Donoghue (49), S O'Leary for O'Driscoll (54), S Sherlock for Hurley (55), C Kiely for McSweeney (58), K Cremin for Cronin (59).

Clare - K R oche, C O'Halloran, D Nagle, N Lynch, P Lillis, J O'Dea (capt), C O'Dea, D Walsh, L Tierney, K Malone, C Brennan, C Ó Hainiféin, S O'Donoghue, K Sexton, D Egan. Subs: T Lynch for Walsh (h/t), M Duffy for Egan (h/t), E O'Connor for O'Donoghue (52), E Tubridy for Malone (56).

Ref - S Lonergan (Tipperary)

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