Clare easily dismissed the challenge of a disappointing Cork at Cusack Park in Ennis yesterday with David Tubridy and Conall Ó hAiniféin giving the home side a dream start.
Tubridy and Ó hAiniféin struck early goals, either side of a Cork point by Matthew Taylor.
Colm Collins' men dominated the opening half and led by 2-6 to 0-6 at the break.
The second half began with a point by Clare sub and manager's son Seán Collins. Cork replied with a Liam O'Donovan score.
Clare's ability to defend stoutly in the second period had a keen bearing on the final outcome.
The Banner County pushed on and held a 2-10 to 0-8 lead by the 62nd minute.
Cork were then thrown a lifeline moments later when team captain Ian Maguire punched to the net to narrow the gap but it was as close as the Leesiders got.
The hosts regrouped, picked off a few points and bagged a third goal deep into injury-time through sub Kieran Malone.
This was Clare's first win in three outings whereas after yesterday's result Cork prop up the league table with just a single point.
Scorers - Clare: D Tubridy 1-7 (3fs, 1 '45); C Ó hAiniféin, K Malone 1-0 each; C Finucane 0-2; D Masterson, S Collins, J Malone, D Ryan 0-1 each. Cork: I Maguire 1-0; L Connolly 0-3 (2fs); M Taylor, S Sherlock (2fs) 0-2 each; S Cronin, M Hurley, L O'Donovan 0-1 each.
Clare - P De Loughery 7; K Harnett 8, C Brennan 8, G Kelly 7; D Ryan 7, A Fitzgerald 7, C Ó hAinifein 7; G Brennan 8, D Bohannon 6; C O'Dea 8, K Sexton 7, J Malone 7; D Tubridy 9, D Masterson 7, C Finucane 8. Subs: P Lillis 6 for Bohannon (h-t), S Collins 7 for, Sexton (h-t), K Malone 7 for Lillis (inj, 53), A Sweeney 7 for Masterson (63), C Murray 7 for Finucane (70).
Cork - M White 7; K O'Donovan 6, K Flahive 6, C Dennehy 6; J Loughrey 5, S Cronin 7, M Taylor 7; I Maguire 7, R O'Toole 6; R Deane 6, L Connolly 7, M Collins 6; M Hurley 6, T Clancy 6, S Sherlock 6. Subs: L O'Donovan 6 for Loughrey (9), A Browne 6 for Cronin (48), P Walsh 6 for O'Donovan (inj, 48), P Kelleher 6 for Clancy (60), D Gore 6 for Sherlock (60).
Ref - P Neilan(Roscommon)
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