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Clare 2-11 Cork 0-9
Clare earned two valuable points at Cusack Park, where they recorded their first competitive win over Cork in 20 years by proving too strong for a disappointing Rebels outfit.
Cork dominated possession early on, starving Colm Collins' men of the ball in a low-scoring half. They opened a 0-3 to 0-0 lead with points by Aidan Walsh, Luke Connolly and defender James Loughrey.
When Clare opened their account they did it with a goal by wing-forward Cian O'Dea after a great run by Ciaran Russell, cutting in from the left. Eoin Cleary added a point to put the Banner in front for the first time and at the half time whistle they were level at 1-2 to 0-5.
Clare regained the lead within 20 seconds of the resumption from a Shane Brennan point and were never again behind.
They controlled possession, picked off good points and made it difficult for Cork to build any kind of a platform.
Jamie Malone sealed the win with four minutes left with a timely goal. He cut through the centre of the Cork defence and off-loaded to David Egan whose shot was blocked by keeper Ryan Price. But Malone followed through and struck the rebound to the net.
SCORERS - Clare: J Malone 1-1, D Tubridy 0-4 (3fs), C O'Dea 1-0, E Cleary 0-3 (1 f, 1 '45'), S Brennan, C O'Connor, S Brennan 0-1 each. Cork: N Coakley 0-2fs, P Kerrigan, L Connolly ('45'), A Walsh, J Loughrey, C O'Neill, Tomas Clancy, M Shields 0-1 each.
CLARE - Joe Hayes 8; M McMahon 7, K Harnett 7, John Hayes 7; L Markham 7, G Kelly 7, D Ryan 7; C O'Connor 9, C Russell 8; C O'Dea 7, K Sexton 8, S Brennan 8; E Cleary 8, D Tubridy 7, J Malone 8. Subs: D Egan 7 for O'Dea (h/t).
CORK - R Price 8; K Crowley 6, Tom Clancy 7, M Shields 7; Tomás Clancy 6, J Loughrey 6, S Cronin 6; A Walsh 7, R Deane 7; B O'Driscoll 6, L Connolly 6, J O'Rourke 6; N Coakley 6, D O'Connor 5, P Kerrigan 6. Subs: C O'Neill 6 for O Connor (34), M Collins 6 for O'Driscoll (43), D Óg Hodnett 5 for Connolly (48), I Maguire 5 for O'Rourke (50), K Davis 5 for Coakley (60), C O'Driscoll 5 for Crowley (61).
REF - N Ward (Westmeath)