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Cleere eye for goal keeps Kilkenny on course for treble glory

Kilkenny 2-17
Cork 1-13
All-Ireland IHC final

Jackie Cahill

Published 30/08/2010 | 05:00

KILKENNY nailed the first part of what could be an All-Ireland hurling treble by securing the intermediate title in Thurles on Saturday.

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The Cats regained the crown they last won in 2008 and gained revenge for last year's final defeat against Cork with a seven-point win. Kilkenny's third All-Ireland intermediate success, and second in three years, was secured on the back of a strong second-half display.

The game, played out in front of 1580 spectators, was book-ended by goals from towering Cats full-forward Peter Cleere, who netted within two minutes and in stoppage-time at the finish.

Kilkenny led by 1-2 to 0-0 before Cork settled and manager Pat Hoban reflected: "We got a great start. We got a few scores which gave us a chance to settle whereas Cork were under pressure to do well, playing with the breeze."

Cork finished with 14 men after centre-back Kevin Hartnett was sent off for a second bookable offence with five minutes remaining. Kilkenny, who led by 1-6 to 0-8 at half-time, finally shook off dogged opposition, in a game that had been level five times, with Cleere's second goal.

Hoban smiled: "It's the first All-Ireland for the county this year and hopefully it will give momentum to the minor and seniors ahead of next week."

Scorers -- Kilkenny: P Cleere 2-0, B Beckett 0-4 (0-1f), A Healy 0-4 (0-3f), R Dollard, M Grace 0-2 each, N Cleere (0-1f), K Mooney (0-1f), B Lennon, N Doherty, N Walsh 0-1 each. Cork: E Conway 0-7f, C Casey 1-1, B Cooper 0-3, D O'Callaghan 0-2f.

KILKENNY -- L Tierney; M Phelan, P Murphy, K Mooney; J Cotterell, R Cody, N Doherty; P Hartley, N Walsh; B Beckett, R Dollard, N Cleere; M Grace, P Cleere, A Healy. Subs: B Lennon for Cody (37), N Doherty for N Cleere (47).

CORK -- D McCarthy; M Walsh, C Fogarty, B Coleman; T Healy, K Hartnett, M Ellis; D O'Callaghan, B Fitzgerald; B Corry, B Cooper, C Casey; M Harrington, E Conway, M O'Sullivan. Subs: S Corry for Fitzgerald (48), B Lawton for Conway (53), J Halbert for O'Sullivan (55).

Ref -- A Kelly (Galway).

Irish Independent

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