Munster U20 Hurling Semi-Final: Cork lower Clare in 0-24 to 0-15 triumph

Cork 0-24 Clare 0-15

Cork booked a place in the Munster U20 Final with Tipperary after a 0-24 to 0-15, 9 point win over Clare at Pairc Ui Rinn on Wednesday. The game was evenly balanced but Cork ultimately had the quality in the end which was the difference between the sides in the end.

Clare had Diarmuid Ryan, Aidan McCarthy and Gary Cooney in their starting XV all of whom have experience with the Clare senior side. Cork manager by Denis Ring made two changes for this game following the quarter-final win over Limerick. He included Ger Millerick and Sean Twomey.

The sides traded six scores in the first 4 minutes. Mark Rodgers hit the first score of the game for Clare, however, Cork midfielder Brian Roche responded. Aidan McCarthy replied back almost instantly. Craig Hanifin tied up the scores on 2 minutes before Twomey pointed to put the Rebels ahead once more. Brian Turnbull got a sublime score on 14 minutes to make it 0-04 to 0-03 to Cork. Hanifin converted a free on 16 minutes to stretch the gap out to two before Tommy O’Connell hit a brace of scores in response to a Rian Considine point for Clare. Aidan McCarthy then hit a brace of scores for the Banner, one from play and from a free, Cork though replied with the man of the match Turnbull pointing. Aidan McCarthy then pointed a free after Gary Cooney was fouled when a goal chance looked on. Hanifin replied for Cork from a free to leave 0-09 to 0-07 to Cork after 26 minutes. Diarmuid Ryan notched his second point of the night with a tidy effort, Twomey hit back for Cork though as we approached injury time. Hanifin and Turnbull extended the Cork lead in injury time as the Rebels took a 4 point cushion in at the break, 0-12 to 0-08.

Tommy O’Connell pointed within 10 seconds of the restart. Killian McDermott though got a good score for Clare in response. Hanifin made it a 5 point game though from a free. Considine and Rodgers kept the Banner in touch with 40 minutes on the clock. Aidan Moriarty hit the third Clare point without a Cork reply. However, when Cork did reply they hit two good scores from Turnbull and the impressive O’Connell. It was 0-16 to 0-12. Daire Connery hit a magnificent score from play. Turnbull followed it up with another white flag and surely Cork felt they were home and hosed now. That was to be the case in fairness. However, Shane O’Regan scored the point of the match on 60 minutes when he rose high to fetch the sliothar before firing over. A remarkable effort, you would just have to see to watch it back to believe me! In fact, you can watch the short clip below of it

The game was up for Clare but Aidan McCarthy hit another brace of scores along with two scores from Diarmuid Ryan. Cork finished with scores from Regan (3), Twomey and O’Connell all pointing.

Cork: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, James Keating (captain), Eoin Roche; Ger Millerick, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Robert Downey; Tommy O’Connell (0-5), Brian Roche (0-1); Sean Twomey (0-3), Craig Hanifin (0-5, 4 frees), Daire Connery (0-1); Brian Turnbull (0-4), Shane O’Regan (0-5), Evan Sheehan.

Subs used: Liam O’Shea for Sheehan (42), Ryan Walsh for Roche (45), Simon Kennefick for Hanifin (49), Declan Hanlon for Connery (61).

Clare: Eamonn Foudy; Keith White, Aron Moloney, Peter Casey; Darragh Lohan, Ross Hayes, Dylan McMahon; Aidan McCarthy (0-5, 3 frees), Killian McDermott (0-1); Aidan Moriarty (0-1), Diarmuid Ryan (0-4, 1 free), Rian Considine (0-2, 1 sideline); Mark Rodgers (0-2), Gary Cooney (captain), Breffni Horner.

Subs used: Cathal Darcy for Lohan (ht), Tiernan Agnew (0-1) for Horner (40), Paddy Donnellan for Casey (44), Darren Cullinan for McDermott (53), William Halpin for Moriarty (65).

Referee: K Jordan (Tipperary).

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