Clare 3-13 Cork 1-10
Clare proved far to strong for Cork at Cusack Park in Ennis on Sunday afternoon.
Standout performer David Tubridy who hit 1-07 in total got the Banner men off to a terrific start inside the opening minutew with a well taken goal. However things went from bad to worse for Cork as Clare got a second goal minutes later courtesy of Conal O hAinfein that gave the Banner men a healthy 2-01 to 0-01 lead after just five minutes of play. In fairness it was all Clare, Cork had no answer. Tubridy, Dale Masterson, Dean Ryan, and Conor Finuncane meant Clare had a healthy 2-06 to 0-06 lead at half time. Cork did manage some scores from frees from Luke Connolly and Stephen Sherlock impressed but it was a very poor half of football for them.
The second half didn’t get much better for Cork. As Clare piled on the misery. Clare did manage to get a goal from Ian Maguire to try and salvage something in the game but Tubridy kicked his 7th of the game to stretch the lead back out to five, 2-10 to 1-08 they remained on the front foot from there on. Kieran Malone sealed the win late on in the game with a third Clare goal. Clare now move into fourth into the table while Cork are rock bottom of Division 2 and now look odds on to go down to Division 3 which would be devastating for Cork football.
Clare: Pierce DeLoughery; Kevin Harnett, Cillian Brennan, Gordon Kelly; Dean Ryan (0-1), Aaron Fitzgerald, Conal O hAinifein (1-0); Gary Brennan, Darragh Bohannon; Cian O’Dea, Jamie Malone (0-1), Dale Masterson (0-1); Conor Finucane (0-2), Keelan Sexton, David Tubridy (1-7, 4f). Subs: Pearse Lillis for Bohannon (HT), Sean Collins (0-1) for Sexton (HT), Kieran Malone for Lillis (53mins, inj), Alan Sweeney for Masterson (64), Cormac Murray for Finucane (70)
Cork: Mark White; Kevin O’Donovan, Kevin Flahive, Conor Dennehy; Stephen Cronin (0-1), Stephen Sherlock (0-2, 2f), James Loughery; Ian Maguire (1-0), Ronan O’Toole; Tomas Clancy, Mark Collins, Matthew Taylor (0-2, 1f); Michael Hurley (0-1), Ruairi Deane, Luke Connolly (0-3, 2f). Subs: Liam O’Donovan (0-1) for Loughery (9mins), Aidan Browne for Cronin (47), Paul Walsh for O’Donovan (47), Peter Kelleher for Clancy (60), Damien Gore for Sherlock (60