Tuesday 21 February 2017

Casey brace crushes youthful Banner

Cork 2-12, Clare 1-9

Jackie Cahill

Published 24/06/2013 | 05:00

TWO goals from Colm Casey sent Cork through to their first decider in this competition since 2010 as the Rebels saw off Clare by six points at the Gaelic Grounds.

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Peter O'Brien added seven points for the victorious Leesiders, including five from placed balls.

Casey netted in both halves as a youthful Clare, featuring nine U-21s in their starting line-up, were simply overpowered at the Limerick venue.

Clare managed just 1-4 from play during the game, including 1-1 from full-forward Aidan Lynch. Casey's goal, in the seventh minute, set Cork on their way as the Rebels opened up an early 1-3 to 0-0 lead.

But Clare were back in contention when Aidan Lynch netted in the 20th minute and the side managed by joint U-21 managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor trailed by just three points, 1-3 to 1-6, approaching the break.

That was before O'Brien stroked over four points – including three frees – to hand Cork a healthy interval lead.

Clare needed a quick start to the second half and they got it when Niall Arthur, goal hero in last year's Bord Gais Energy Munster U-21 final, knocked over a '65', quickly followed by a free.

But Clare's hopes of a revival were extinguished by Casey's second, killer goal.

Cork cruised to the finish from there, as the Clare challenge wilted, and their prize is a crack at Munster and All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the provincial final.

SCORERS – Cork: P O'Brien 0-7 (5fs), C Casey 2-0, M Kennifick 0-2, M Coleman (f), B Lawton, A Watson 0-1 each. Clare: A Lynch 1-1, A O'Neill (2fs), N Arthur (1f, 1 '65'), C O'Connell (1f), J Shanahan, 0-2 each.

CLARE – K Hogan; K Ryan, D Corry, J Browne; S O'Halloran, A O'Neill, C Chaplin; P Sheehan, J Colleran; G Guilfoyle, M O'Neill, C Malone; N Arthur, A Lynch, C O'Connell. Subs: J Shanahan for Guilfoyle (19), E Boyce for Corry (24), G Arthur for Sheehan (44), D Keane for N Arthur (44), G O'Connell for M O'Neill (54).

CORK – M Coleman; J O'Callaghan, E Dillon, E Finn; T Healy, R Cashman, M Walsh; J Cronin, S McCarthy; Brian Lawton, P O'Brien, S Dineen; C Casey, K Canty, M Kennifick. Subs: Barry Lawton for Canty (22), A Watson for Dineen (43), B O'Sullivan for O'Callaghan (56), K Hallissey for Casey (59), N Kelly for McCarthy (60).

REF – P Casey (Waterford).

Irish Independent

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