Saturday 18 November 2017

McEoin, Hurley sink Clare

Cork 1-9
Clare 0-9

The Cork minors left it late to secure their semi-final place at Cusack Park, Ennis.

Going into injury-time, the scoreboard read Clare 0-9, Cork 1-6, but then a tremendous late burst yielded three points courtesy of corner-forwards Daniel McEoin (two) and Brian Hurley.

The young Leesiders had to contend with being a man down for most of the second period after full-back Sean O'Shea was dismissed in the 37th minute for a second yellow card.

A tightly contested game saw the sides level at the break (Cork 1-2 to Clare 0-5), with Cork's Hurley providing the only goal of the contest in the 13th minute.

Cork were wasteful in front of goal over the hour, shooting a total of 14 wides. Midfielder Damien Cahalane was an inspiration for the Rebels while, up-front, McEoin and Hurley showed some sparkle. The home side had to rely on team captain and half-forward Padraig Collins to provide most of their best moments.

Scorers -- Cork: B Hurley 1-5 (0-5f), D McEoin 0-4 (2f). Clare: N Hickey, A Malone (3f) 0-3 each, P Collins 0-2, T Kelly 0-1.

Cork -- D Hanrahan; D Crowley, S O'Shea, D O'Donovan; T Clancy, D O'Carroll, M O'Shea; D Cahalane, J Byrne; J O'Rourke, A Cronin, C O'Sullivan; D McEoin, T Hegarty, B Hurley. Subs: D Murphy for O'Donovan (24), P Hicks for O'Sullivan (h-t), D Lester for O'Carroll (41), D Ring for Hegarty (45).

Clare -- R Dunne; J Colleran, G Johnson, O Vaughan; S Lineen, D Sexton, W De Loughrey; R Linnane, A Malone; S Malone, C O'Reilly, P Collins ; T Kelly, N Hickey, E Boyce. Subs: A Downes for O'Reilly (40), A Murrihy for S Malone (46),

Ref -- K O'Brien (Tipperary)

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