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Outclassed Cork going nowhere

THAT was a massive win for Clare yesterday but I'm afraid that Cork are going nowhere.

The manner in which Clare won that relegation play-off bodes well for their summer. I was very impressed with them as they shot 0-31 despite registering 24 wides.

I felt they were so dominant and the final scoreline wasn't a true reflection of the game. They bossed Cork for the best part of 50 minutes. They brought a huge work rate and looked really fit.

You could see the evidence of how hard they have worked in pre-season and Cork couldn't live with them. I'm fearful for Cork and if these teams meet again in a potential Munster semi-final, I can only see one outcome and that's a Clare win.

My one criticism of Clare, however, is that they don't score enough goals and don't look like scoring them. But if they can come up with a plan to utilise Darach Honan, Conor McGrath and Shane O'Donnell in the full-forward line, they could reap the rewards.

These are guys with pace who are well able to move, but to challenge the likes of Tipp, Kilkenny and Galway in the All-Ireland series, they'll need to start scoring two or three goals per game.

Cork are in big trouble. They were the worst team in the league and I can't see them having a say in the championship. There's a massive rebuilding job ahead for Jimmy Barry-Murphy.

Irish Independent