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Shell-shocked Clare will be left haunted by the ruthless manner in which Cody’s side took them apart from the off

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Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kilkenny's Martin Keoghan scores his side's first goal during their All-Ireland SHC semi-final victory over Clare at Croke Park. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Kilkenny's Martin Keoghan scores his side's first goal during their All-Ireland SHC semi-final victory over Clare at Croke Park. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Who saw this coming? Clare, who had elevated themselves to the rank of genuine All-Ireland contenders, spent their time in Croke Park yesterday in a state of bewilderment, occasionally stopping to see if they still had a pulse.

The team that fought to the death in a gripping Munster final with Limerick, and steamrolled Wexford in the last 15 minutes in Thurles, surrendered with a staggering frailty, swept aside by a Kilkenny side that played as if it had no doubt about its fitness for a place in the All-Ireland final in two weeks.


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