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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
Clare 10 (4 first half) Cork 9 (4)
Clare 11 (5)
Cork 16 (12)
Clare 3 (J Browne 36 (35+1), B Bugler 58, P Duggan 66) Cork 3 (C Joyce 16, D Kearney 31, D Cahalane 44)
Cork play Limerick in the Munster final on July 13, while Clare head for the All-Ireland qualifiers on June 28 or July 5.