Dominant second half sees Rebels rout understrength Clare
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CORK produced a dominant second half performance to lift the gloom that had settled on Leeside after last weekend’s defeat to Kilkenny.
Cork 1-24 Clare 0-17
Cork put in a poor display against an understrength Cats side seven days ago but were a different team on this occassion.
They were better all over the field, keeping Clare’s much vaunted forwards to just five second half points thanks in large part to a superb double save from Anthony Nash.
Up front, Patrick Horgan was in imperious form from placed balls as the Rebels built on a three point half time lead to control the second period and get two points on the board in an ultra competitive division 1A.
The defeat leaves Davy Fitzgerald’s side nervously looking over their shouler without a win after two outings.
Clare had started brightest and through the promptings of Colm Galvin opened up a three point lead after ten minutes. Bobby Duggan and Colin Ryan hit fine scores to help them into the lead but as the half wore on, Cork began to settle.
Aidan Walsh rampaged down the middle a couple of times and though nothing came of his runs, they served to invigorate the home side.
They soon drew level only for Clare to open up a three point game again before Luke O’Farrell, for the second week in a row, found the net.
O’Farrell saw his first effort on goal well blocked by Conor Cleary but he gathered the rebound and lashed to the net to draw the game after 21 minutes.
Cork looked much livelier now and by the time the half time whistle blew, they had a three point lead, 1-12 to 0-12.
And having started the second half poorly against Kilkenny a week ago, they took control on the restart.
With 20 minutes to play they had opened up an eight point advantage that they never looked like surrending.
Fitzgerald ran his bench late on but it no little difference as the home side ran out ten point winners to get their campaign up and running.
SCORERS: Cork: P Horgan 0-14 (9f, 1 ‘65), L O’Farrell 1-1, C Lehane 0-4, D Kearney, A Nash (1f), S Harnedy, C Murphy, A Cadogan 0-1 each.
Clare: Colin Ryan 0-8 (5f, 0-2 ‘65), J Conlon 0-3, B Duggan, C Galvin 0-2 each, B Bugler P O’Connor 0-1 each.
Cork: A Nash; D Cahalane, C Joyce, C O’Sullivan; L McLoughlin, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, A Walsh; C Lehane, S Harnedy, R O’Shea; A Cadogan, L O’Farrell SUBS: S Moylan for O’Shea, P Cronin for Walsh (both 59), A Spillane for Horgan (65),
Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, J Browne; C Cleary, Conor Ryan, P O’Connor; B Bugler, C Galvin; P Donnellan, Colin Ryan, B Duggan; J Conlon, S O’Donnell, D Reidy SUBS: S Morey for O’Donovan (33), C McGrath for Reidy (ht), S Golden for Cleary, A Cunningham for Donnellan (both 51), C O’Connell for Duggan (64)
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)