Monday 21 October 2019

Cork overwhelm Clare to book place in Munster final

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U20 hc: Cork 0-24 Clare 0-15

Brian Turnbull of Cork shoots for a score despit ethe best efforts of Dylan McMahon? and Aron Moloney of Clare during the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 20 Championship semi-final match between Cork and Clare at Páirc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Brian Turnbull of Cork shoots for a score despit ethe best efforts of Dylan McMahon? and Aron Moloney of Clare during the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 20 Championship semi-final match between Cork and Clare at Páirc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Cork proved too strong for Clare in last night’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-20HC semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Leading 0-11 to 0-8 at the interval, the Rebels upped the tempo in the second period and matched their first-half total to set up a Munster final meeting with Tipperary.

An entertaining opening half saw both sides produce scores of the highest order. Cork led 0-4 to 0-3 at the conclusion of the first quarter but Clare stuck doggedly to their task and proved more than a match for their opponents.

Aidan McCarthy’s accuracy from frees coupled with Rian Considine and Diarmuid Ryan’s ability to evade their markers saw the Banner change ends 0-12 to 0-8 behind.

Tommy O’Connell, Shane O’Regan and Brian Turnbull scores ensured the Rebels enjoyed a healthy advantage heading into the second period.

Clare responded with their half-forward line of Considine, Ryan and Aidan Moriarty reducing the deficit to two before Cork enjoyed their best spell and kicked for home.

Turnbull and O’Regan proved a handful for the Banner’s defence throughout the evening and floated over some superb scores to build a six-point lead heading into the closing stages.

At the opposite end, Cork’s Robert Downey and James Keating gave little away as the Rebels inched to victory.

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O’Regan made sure of his side’s Munster final berth with three late points, and Cork look more than capable of testing the reigning All-Ireland champions in Thurles next week.

Scorers – Cork: C Hanifin (4f), S O’Regan, T O’Connell 0-5 each; B Turnbull 0-4; S Twomey 0-3; D Connery, B Roche 0-1 each.

Clare: A McCarthy 0-5 (3f); D Ryan 0-4 (1f); R Considine (1 s/l), M Rodgers 0-2 each; K McDermott, A Moriarty 0-1 each.

Cork – G Collins; C O’Callaghan, J Keating (c), E Roche; G Millerick, S O’ Leary Hayes, R Downey; T O’ Connell, B Roche; S Twomey, C Hanifin, D Connery; B Turnbull, S O’Regan, E Sheehan. Subs: L O’Shea for Sheehan (42), R Walsh for Roche (45), S Kennefick for Hanifin (49), D Hanlon for Connery (61).

Clare – E Foudy; K White, A Moloney, P Casey; D Lohan, R Hayes, D McMahon; A McCarthy, K McDermott; A Moriarty, D Ryan, R Considine; M Rodgers, G Cooney (c), B Horner. Subs: C Darcy for Lohan (h-t), T Agnew for Horner (40), P Donnellan for Casey (44), D Cullinan for McDermott (53), W Halpin for Moriarty (65).

Ref – K Jordan (Tipperary).

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