Thursday 23 November 2017

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Aidan Walsh (Cork)

Scored a goal, created another for Fintan Goold with a superb catch from a kick-out and worked hard at both ends to shade it ahead of Ciaran Sheehan and Paul Kerrigan.

Turning point

Whenever Clare decided that they would go man for man with this Cork team. If ever a team needed to defend in numbers it was here to prevent Cork's powerful strike runners from eating up the ground in front of them.

Talking point

Some Munster Council officials have been pushing an argument to restore seedings for their provincial championship. On this evidence, it has its merits.

Magic moment

A real absence of them as much of Cork's play revolved around powerful running. Daniel Goulding's first point however from a difficult angle was eye-catching in the 57th minute.

Ref watch

Like everyone else, Eddie Kinsella hit the slumber button as the end closed in and missed some obvious calls in Clare's favour but that was unavoidable. The dearth of frees -- 26 in all -- and real menace gave the Laois official an armchair ride.

What they said

Conor Counihan (Cork manager):

"We can't be too negative about it. We won a Munster championship for the first time in three years. The second-half performance would be most disappointing. At this level you expect and demand more of players. We'll be asking questions of our lads over the next few weeks as to why we didn't push on."

Micheal McDermott

(Clare manager):

"It's a chance in a lifetime to get into a Munster final. You don't go in to contain a game or keep a scoreline down. You go out and try to win it. We were brave enough to try and win it today."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 9 (7 first half); Clare 9 (7).

Frees: Cork 6 (1); Clare 20 (9).

Yellow Cards: Cork 2 (E Cadogan 25, C Sheehan 42); Clare 1 (S Brennan).

What next?

Cork are into an All-Ireland quarter-final on August 4/5, Clare's reward for beating Limerick extends to a Round 4 qualifier on the weekend of July 28/29.

Irish Independent

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