Wednesday 24 January 2018

Player assessments

Ken O'halloran Never tested over the 70 minutes, he got good distance into his kick-outs.

Eoin Cotter Made a few strong runs from the back, and executed his defensive duties with the utmost efficiency at all times.

Ray Carey Ruled with a firm hand at full-back against a number of different opponents, including Gary Brennan who was Clare's top performer when moved outfield in the second half.

Kevin Harrington Turned in a solid display in the left corner to complete a commanding Cork full-back line.

Conor O'driscoll Impressed throughout at wing back, he initiated the move that produced Cork's first goal, and posted an excellent point near the end.

Graham Canty Rarely put a foot astray at centre-back, he proved a major stumbling block to Clare's progress, particularly in the second half.

Aidan O'reilly Did little wrong, and is bound to benefit from his inaugural appearance in a Cork jersey at senior level. Alan O'connor Made his presence felt at different stages without exerting a major influence at midfield. James Fitzpatrick Struggled to get into the game before being forced to retire with an injury shortly after half time.

Fiachra Lynch Had his moments and picked of a couple of points with assurance, but didn't make a sustained impact at wing forward.

Fintan Goold Adopted a roaming role at centre forward, he processed an amount of ball and had helped to lay the foundations for victory before being called ashore with 20 minutes remaining.

Liam Shorten Came through his debut outing at senior level unscathed, adorning a workmanlike display with a return of three points from play. Colm O'neill Took a while to settle, but once he fisted in Cork's first goal, he came into his own, and was a constant thorn in the Clare rearguard in the second half.

Seanie Cahalane Opened very brightly at full forward, doing much of the spadework for a Fiachra Lynch point and notching a good score himself, but found it increasingly difficult to elude the attentions of Clare's Shane Mcneilis as the game progressed. Kevin O'sullivan Subdued for long stretches of the first half when, with Fintan Goold playing a deep role, he took over on the '40, he became much more involved after landing a sublime point to get Cork off the mark in the second half.

Subs Pearse O'neill gave Cork a bit more impetus when coming on at midfield after 38 minutes, Sean Kiely and Paul Kerrigan also made decent contributions, while Micheal O'laoire and Michael Shields slotted in seamlessly as well.

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