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Clare v Cork - The Game at a Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Aidan Walsh (Cork)

Cork had several contenders – Patrick Horgan, who scored 2-11; Daniel Kearney who was a bundle of energy; Alan Cadogan, who continues to improve; and Aidan Walsh, whose all round contribution earns him the nod.

TURNING POINT

It was more of a turning period than a particular incident which defined Cork's win. They led by two points after 43 minutes and added five unanswered points over the next five minutes, setting Clare a target they were unlikely to reach.

MAGIC MOMENT

Aidan Walsh struck a glorious point from near the sideline off an Anthony Nash puck-out in the 44th minute. The big Cork midfielder made an excellent catch, leaned back and arrowed the ball straight and true for a sublime score.

TALKING POINT

What impact will the defeat have on Clare, who were uncharacteristically sluggish at various stages? Can they recover like last year when they lost the Munster semi-final to Cork but went on to win the All-Ireland?

REF WATCH

Clare were unhappy with James McGrath, especially in the first half when the free count was 12-5 in Cork's favour.

WHAT THEY SAID

Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork manager):

"I'm thrilled for the players and for the Cork public. We had that extra bit of hunger which stood to us at times."

Davy Fitzgerald (Clare manager):

"Cork were faster and stronger than us today – they deserved their win. They killed us around the middle of the field and picked up a lot of breaks as well."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides

Clare 10 (4 first half) Cork 9 (4)

Frees

Clare 11 (5)

Cork 16 (12)

Yellow cards

Clare 3 (J Browne 36 (35+1), B Bugler 58, P Duggan 66) Cork 3 (C Joyce 16, D Kearney 31, D Cahalane 44)

Red Cards

Clare 0

Cork 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Cork play Limerick in the Munster final on July 13, while Clare head for the All-Ireland qualifiers on June 28 or July 5.


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