Duggan double sets up Banner stroll
Clare 4-17 Cork 0-18
Clare made it two wins out of two in the Munster Senior Hurling League at Cusack Park, Ennis, yesterday.
The hosts ended up 11 points ahead at the end of an entertaining game, in front of a crowd of 1,594.
The Banner boys were the sharper from the off and were clinical in front of goal.
Full-forward Peter Duggan grabbed the opener, a goal after just three minutes, when an Ian Galvin cross-field ball found him unmarked on the edge of the square. The big Clooney Quin clubman gave Cork keeper Anthony Nash no chance from close range.
The Leesiders replied with a Robert O'Shea point before Clare notched up a second goal in the ninth minute through centre-forward Cathal Malone, who added a point seconds later.
An experimental Cork outfit found it hard to come to terms with Clare's pace and conceded a third goal on 17 minutes. Colm Galvin cleared a ball out of defence which found Conor McGrath and he in turn set up Duggan.
By the mid-point of the half Cork trailed by 3-2 to 0-3 and were struggling.
Colm Galvin and Ryan Taylor held sway for the Banner at midfield and even though the visitors picked off some good scores in the second quarter, they still were in arrears by 3-5 to 0-10 at the half-time whistle.
Clare returned with a swagger and proceeded to knock over the first three points of the second-half through wing-back Seadna Morey and substitute David Reidy.
The final nail in Cork's coffin was hammered home in the 50th minute when Niall Deasy first-timed past Nash, putting the Banner 4-9 to 0-11 ahead. Cork points meant that they remained competitive, but the damage was done.
The winners were best served by Conor Cleary, David McInerney and Morey in defence, midfielders Taylor and Galvin, plus Reidy when introduced, while up-front Ian Galvin, Niall Deasy and Duggan impressed.
Cork's best players on the day included Lorcan McLaughlin, Daniel Kearney and Robert O'Shea.
scorers - Clare: P Duggan 2-0, C Malone, N Deasy(1f) 1-2 each, I Galvin 0-3, T Kelly, S Morey, D Reidy, M O'Neill 0-2 each, B Connors, R Taylor 0-1 each. Cork: D Dalton (4f), R O'Shea (2 f) 0-4 each, D Kearney 0-3, E Murphy, L McLaughlin 0-2 each, L Meade, E Finn, J Looney 0-1 each.
Clare: P Kelly; E Quirke, C Cleary, P O'Connor (Capt); S Morey, D McInerney, D Fitzgerald; R Taylor, C Galvin; N Deasy, C Malone, I Galvin; B Connors, P Duggan, C McGrath. Subs: J Browne for Quirke (inj 17), D Reidy for C Galvin (38), T Kelly for Malone (50), M O'Neill for Connors (50), J McCarthy for Morey (54).
Cork: A Nash; C O'Sullivan, E Murphy, D Griffin; C O'Leary, E Cadogan, R Cahalane; L McLaughlin, L Meade; E Finn, B Lawton (Capt.), D Kearney; R O'Shea, E Sheehan, D Dalton. Subs: J Looney for Finn (25), I Cahill for Sheehan (47), C Twomey for Cahalane (57), E Keniry for Dalton (57), J Cashman for O'Sullivan (64).
Ref - J McCormack (Tipperary).