Classy Clare win third Munster U-21 hurling final in a row as they crush Cork
Clare won their third Munster u-21 title in-a-row at a canter in Ennis.
Clare 1-28 Cork 1-13
A third All-Ireland U-21 title in a row is still firmly within their sights.
Four of the starting team started the 2012 All-Ireland U-21 final while a fifth, Cathal O’Connell, came on after a lengthy return from injury. Shane O’Donnell is underage again next year while five more of last night’s starting team played for the senior team this year in either league or championship.
Cork had no answer to that experience and class and were submerged in a deluge of scores and smothered under a relentless tide of Clare power, class and precision.
The gulf in class was evident from the first five minutes when Tony Kelly had two points from his first three plays and while Cork set up with a sweeper to try and limit the early onslaught, they were forced to abandon that tactic after the 23rd minute. By that stage, the levees had been washed away in the storm and Cork were trailing by 1-12 to 0-1.
When Cork threatened a mini-revival midway through the half, Clare stepped on the gas once more and ruthlessly extinguished any Cork notions, finishing with six of the last eight scores. In total, they bagged 1-18 from play.
Clare led by 1-15 to 0-5 at the break, the goal coming from O’Donnell in the 21st minute.
Colm Galvin was majestic once more at midfield but Clare were in control in every sector. In the first half, they won 11 Cork puckouts and the match largely became a book-keeping exercise for the last 40 minutes.
Clare: Keith Hogan; Jarlath Colleran, Seadna Morey, Jack Browne; Gearoid O’Connell, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin (0-3), Eoin Enright; Peter Duggan (0-2), Tony Kelly, (0-3 1’65), Bobby Duggan (0-10 5f, 1’65); David Reidy (0-3), Aaron Cunningham (0-4), Shane O’Donnell (1-0)
Subs: Shane Gleeson (0-2) for B. Duggan (42 mins), Cathal O’Connell (0-1) for O’Donnell (54 mins), Alan O’Neill for Cleary (56 mins), Shane McGrath for Enright (57 mins), Brian Carey for Colleran (59 mins)
Cork: Patrick Collins; Stephen Murphy, Colm Barry, Cian Buckley; Kevin Kavanagh, Killian Burke, (Captain), Darragh Brosnan; Cormac Walsh, Richard Cahalane; Shane O’Keeffe (0-1), Colm Spillane, Michael Collins, (0-3); Rob O’Shea (0-7 4f, 1’65), Anthony Spillane (1-0), Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
Subs: Mark Sugrue (0-1) for Walsh (13 mins), Killian McIntyre (0-1) for Cahalane (HT), Mark O’Connor for A. Spillane (52 mins)
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)