Thursday 26 April 2018

Collins delighted with Banner 'spirit' after rare win in Cork

Clare 0-14 Cork 0-12

Cork's Jamie O'Sullivan is chased down by Eoin Cleary. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cork's Jamie O'Sullivan is chased down by Eoin Cleary. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Denis Hurley

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).

John O'Rourke fends off Clare's Cillian Brennan. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
John O'Rourke fends off Clare's Cillian Brennan. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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)

Cork's Mark Collins in action against Cathal O'Connor. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cork's Mark Collins in action against Cathal O'Connor. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Clare manager Colm Collins. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Clare manager Colm Collins. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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