Cork 1-23 0-12 Clare, Pairc Ui Chaoimh FT
Cork proved far too strong for Clare in their Munster Senior Football Championship clash at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon. The All Ireland champions had 14 points to spare at the finish.
The Rebels started well and had scores from Goulding and O’Connor, before Clare got off the mark through Gary Brennan after seven minutes. Rory Donnelly then leveled up the tie,but Sheehan put Cork back in front. Goulding and Sheehan again then added further scores for Cork. Ciaran Sheehan added another fine point, before O’Connor got the home sides goal on 24 minutes. Goulding added two points before the break to leave the rebels well in control.
Cork kept the pace up after the restart with quick points from O’Neill,Kerrigan and Shields,which gave them a 1-16 to 0-11 lead. Clare tried hard but the wides they accumulated in the first half haunted them late on. Alan O’Connor was on target as the rebels added additional late scores to run out comfortable winners. Clare had Graham Kelly sent off in injury time but it mattered little. Cork will face much stiffer tests as the year goes on, but they got their championship off to the perfect start here.
71min FULL TIME
69min Graham Kelly sent off for Clare.
68min Three quick points for Cork.
65min Alan O Connor scores for Cork.
61min Kerrigan and Shields score in quick succession to make it 1-16 to 0-11
56min Two quick points for Cork
42min O’Neil kicks over a point for Cork
38min Cork get their second point of the second half
26min Two quick points for Cork from Goulding.
24min O’Connor gets the opening goal for Cork.
22min Ciaran Sheehan gets a point for Cork.
20min P Kelly hits a wide for Cork.
17min Some good play from Clare but it goes wide
15min Goulding and Sheehan get points for Cork.
10min Sheeehan restores the Cork lead.b
9min Rory Donnelly levels up the match.
7min Gary Breenan scores Clares first score.
6min Point from Goulding.
6min Its all Cork so far, its going to be a tough for the Clare defence.
2min Opening score for Cork from a free from Donncha O Connor.
0min All Ireland football champions Cork, begin the defence of their title on Sunday, when they host Clare in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 3.30.
Clare (SF v Cork): Joe Hayes; K Hartnett, B Duggan, L Healy; John Hayes, G Kelly, M McMahon; N Browne, G Brennan; G Kelly, D Tubridy, C O’Connor; R Donnelly, D O’Neill, A Clohessy.
Cork (SF v Clare): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; D O’Sullivan, N O’Leary, G Canty; A O’Connor, A Walsh; P Kerrigan, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D Goulding, D O’Connor, C Sheehan.