Sunday 21 December 2014

Thurles showdown to pull in bumper 30,000 crowd as Cork eye Banner revenge

Published 14/06/2014 | 02:30

Clare and Cork supporters in their thousands watched last year's All-Ireland SHC final, and tomorrw's game will be the first re-run in Munster of that game. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Clare and Cork supporters in their thousands watched last year's All-Ireland SHC final, and tomorrw's game will be the first re-run in Munster of that game. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

A minimum increase of 60pc on last year's attendance is expected for tomorrow's Clare v Cork glamour clash in the Munster hurling semi-final in Thurles.

A crowd of 19,049 saw Cork beat Clare by eight points in last year's Munster semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds but, following the dramatic events of last September when they clashed twice in the All-Ireland final, interest is naturally much higher now.

The Munster Council is expecting at least 30,000 for the game (4.0).

"Tickets are selling well and with good weather forecast we expect a big walk-up crowd. We're hopeful the 30,000 mark will be beaten," said Munster PRO Ger Ryan. The game will be shown live on RTE, preceded by the Monaghan v Tyrone Ulster SFC quarter-final in Clones (2.0).

The Sky Sports cameras will be in Wexford Park this evening (7.0) when the home side tackle defending Leinster hurling champions Dublin, who are bidding to reach successive finals for the first time since 1990-91.

Wexford, who lost a quarter-final replay to Dublin last year, are trying to reach the Leinster final for the first time since 2008.

Monaghan begin the defence of the Ulster SFC title against a Tyrone side that have already played twice, drawing first time out against Down prior to winning the repay.

"Having two games behind us is useful, but we really need to be ready for this one," said Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

Carlow host Meath at Dr Cullen Park (3.30) tomorrow in the last of the four Leinster SFC quarter-finals, with the winners to take on Kildare on June 29.

Waterford and Clare meet in the Munster SFC quarter-final replay in Dungarvan this evening (7.0) to decide who plays Kerry next week.

Westmeath and Kildare hurlers clash in Cusack Park (3.45), with the winners heading for the Leinster SHC next year, while the losers will challenge for the Christy Ring Cup.

Irish Independent

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