Collins delighted with Banner 'spirit' after rare win in Cork
Clare 0-14 Cork 0-12
Wins in Cork for Clare are rare, so while manager Colm Collins acknowledged that it hadn't been a perfect performance, he hailed the character of his team.
"We spurned a couple of good chances and we dropped a lot of ball short, which I wouldn't be happy with," he said, "but the spirit and honesty of these fellas is massive. When you've a team like that you just enjoy being part of it. I'm delighted, the number of Clare teams who've come down here and won you could count on one hand."
The Banner trailed by 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time but had wasted goal chances by Sean O'Donoghue and Jamie Malone. Cork looked to have got on top midway through the half but a Gary Brennan-inspired Clare took control on the resumption.
Eoin Cleary hit three points for the visitors while Keelan Sexton scored after a great move begun by corner-back Cian O'Dea. That made it 0-11 to 0-9 on 58 minutes and Mark Collins and Gary Brennan exchanged points. Cork sub Stephen Sherlock halved the deficit and O'Neill levelled the game for the fifth time. It was Clare's night though, Malone and David Tubridy getting the winning scores.
Scorers - Clare: D Tubridy 0-4 (3f); E Cleary (1f), J Malone, G Brennan 0-3 each; K Sexton 0-1. Cork: C O'Neill 0-4 (1f); M Collins 0-3 (2f); J O'Rourke 0-2; I Maguire, S Sherlock, C Dorgan 0-1.
Clare - E Tubridy 7; C O'Dea 8, A Mac Gearailt 6, C Brennan 6; S O'Donoghue 8, E Collins 7, P Lillis 7; G Brennan 9, C O'Connor; 8 K Malone, 6 J Malone 8, S Collins 6; K Sexton 7, E Cleary 8, D Tubridy 8. Subs: C Finucane for S Collins (67), S Malone for E Collins, A Sweeney for K Malone, E Courtney for D Tubridy (all 70).
Cork - M White 7; S Ryan 6, J O'Sullivan 6, K Crowley 6; M Taylor 7, K Flahive 7, T Clancy 6; I Maguire 7, K O'Hanlon 6; C Dorgan 7, M Collins 7, P Kelleher 6; J O'Rourke 7, C O'Neill 7, M Hurley 6. Subs: S Sherlock 7 for Kelleher (55), D O'Connor 7 for Dorgan (55), C Kiely for Taylor (60), S Wilson for Kiely (BC, 62), D O'Callaghan for Hurley (69), M McSweeney for Clancy (BC, 70).
Ref - P O'Sullivan (Kerry)