Cork 1-20 Clare 0-20
Cork got the better of Clare on Saturday night in the sides Division 1A league meeting at Pairc Ui Rinn. In a game that was fought to the bitter end by both teams it was 16 points from Pat Horgan that was the difference. The majority of the points came from frees.
John Meyler’s men to be fair didn’t deserve to win Clare were the better side. However, their persistent fouling ultimately costed them in the end as Horgan knocked over free after free. Cork failed to lead in the first half, to be fair they were only level thanks to a fluke goal from Seamus Harnedy. However, they finished strong hitting 4 of the last 5 scores to close out the game to get their first win of the league campaign. Clare’s Tony Kelly was the standout player on the pitch he scored 6 points all coming from play. The Ballyea man also had a clear point disallowed by the umpires. He was named man of the match for his superb performance on the night.
Clare were ahead by 0-06 0-03 after 22 minutes. Tony Kelly and John Conlon coming to the fore for the Banner. In contrast Cork had only three pointed frees on the board from Patrick Horgan. Cork got back on level terms though as a long delivery from Seamus Harnedy caused a mix up on the edge of the Clare square and it rolled to the net. Peter Duggan and Diarmuid Ryan added white flags for Clare to put them ahead but Glen Rovers man Horgan tied it up 1-06 to 0-09 at the break.
Horgan began the scoring on the resumption to give Cork the lead. The second half continued same as the first anytime Clare would score Horgan would register a free for Cork. The teams were level when it looked that 2013 Hurler of the Year Kelly had got the almost certain leading score according to television angles. However, one umpire raised the white flag while the other waved wide and subsequently the decision was wide. Patrick Horgan hit two points to put the Rebels two clear but Kelly once again showed why he is one of the best hurlers in the country with his sixth point. Cork closed it out though as Tim O’Mahony and Patrick Horgan added points.
Cork: Anthony Nash; Seán O’Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Tim O’Mahony (0-01), David Griffin; Cormac Murphy, Bill Cooper; Daniel Kearney (0-01), Séamus Harnedy (1-01), Conor Lehane; Jamie Coughlan (0-01), Aidan Walsh, Patrick Horgan (0-16, 0-15 frees).
Subs: Luke Meade for Murphy (49), Darren Browne for Griffin (60), Alan Cadogan for Coughlan (both 60).
Clare: Keith Hogan; Jack Browne, David McInerney, Rory Hayes; David Fitzgerald, Conor Cleary, Cathal Malone; Shane Golden, Colm Galvin; Peter Duggan (0-04, 0-03 frees, 0-01 65), Tony Kelly (0-06), Diarmuid Ryan (0-02); Ian Galvin (0-04), John Conlon (0-04), Podge Collins.
Subs: Ryan Taylor for Golden (53), Colin Guilfoyle for Duggan (61), Mikey O’Neill for Collins (63), Aidan McCarthy for FitzGerald (65).