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Dublin: 10 °C Tuesday 11 December, 2018


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Hello and welcome to the final part of our triple header from Semple Stadium. We’ll have the team news for you shortly.

Cork have the better of recent meetings between this pair but, as we know, Clare’s 2013 win brought a Liam MacCarthy to the county.

2014 – Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18
2013 – Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16
2013 – Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16
2013 – Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15
2008 – Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17

The Cork team for today’s game is unchanged from that named during the week:


1.  Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2.  Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarr’s)
3.  Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
4.  Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers)

5.  Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
6.  Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7.  Cormac Murphy (Mallow)

8.  Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
9.  Bill Cooper (Youghal)

10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
11. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
12. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

While Clare line out exactly as Davy Fitz named them during the week too:


1. Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona)

2. David McInerney (Tulla)
3. Cian Dillon, Capt. (Crusheen)
4. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)

5. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
6. Conor Ryan (Cratloe)
7. Jack Browne (Ballyea)

8. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber)
9. Colin Ryan (Newmarket-on-Fergus)

10. John Conlon (Clonlara)
11. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)
12. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)

13. Darach Honan (Clonlara)
14. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
15. Conor McGrath (Cratloe)

And here are the substitutes for both sides.

CORK: 16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig), 17. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown), 18. William Kearney (Sarsfields), 19. Killian Burke (Midleton), 20. Aidan Ryan (Midleton), 21. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline), 22. Stephen Moylan (Douglas), 23. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne), 24. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton), 25. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), 26. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle).

CLARE: 16. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen), 17. Domhnall O’Donovan (Clonlara), 18. Paul Flanagan (Ballyea), 19. Pat Donnellan (O’Callaghan Mills), 20. Gearoid O’Connell (Ballyea), 21. Nicky O’Connell (Clonlara), 22. David Reidy (Éire Óg), 23. Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones), 24. Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle), 25. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), 26. Colm Galvin (Clonlara).


And Barry Kelly gets the game under way.


Cork 0-1 Clare 0-1

It didn’t take long for both sides to trouble the umpires with Seamus Harnedy and Shane O’Donnell exchanging points.


Clare 0-2 Cork 0-1

Tony Kelly sends Clare into an early lead with a fine point after a storming run. There’s been a frantic start to this one.


Clare 0-3 Cork 0-1

There was the sniff of a goal chance for Clare but some poor decision making means they have to settle for a Conor McGrath point.


Clare 0-3 Cork 0-1

Clare have scored three without reply since Cork opened the scoring while the Rebels have hit three wides in that time.


Clare 0-3 Cork 0-2

Last week’s Man of the Match gets his first score of the evening to reduce the gap to just a point. Down the other end, Clare miss out on another goal chance.


Clare 0-3 Cork 0-3

Patrick Horgan levels it up with a free and there’s nearly 11 minutes gone.


Clare 0-4 Cork 0-3

Conor Ryan and Shane Golden make it a two-point game with quick-fire scores.


Clare 0-5 Cork 0-4

Pa Horgan brings it back to a one-point game. Much better shot selection from Cork that time but he follows it up with a wide to bring the Rebels’ total to seven.


Clare 0-5 Cork 0-4

Yellow: Conor Lehane is the first man to pick up a yellow card.


Clare 0-6 Cork 0-4

Tony Kelly looks very impressive with the sliotar on his hurl and he has his second point of the match, 21 minutes gone.


Clare 0-6 Cork 0-5

Harnedy was the only man within 30 yards of goal there but he did really well to find some space, field the ball and point to make it a one-score game.


Clare 0-6 Cork 0-6

And we’re level in Thurles through Conor Lehane. That’s the first time Cork have scored two in a row.


Cork 0-7 Clare 0-6

Alan Cadogan with a fine point off the back foot puts Cork into the lead for the first time since the first minute.


Cork 0-7 Clare 0-7

Another free from Colin Ryan levels things up.


Clare 0-8 Cork 0-7 

Conor McGrath and Colin Ryan work a training ground free and the former points his second score of the evening. Cork caught sleeping.


Clare 0-9 Cork 0-7 

Conor Ryan is the latest to add his name to the scoresheet.


Clare 0-9 Cork 0-8

A fabulous long range free from Patrick Horgan reduces the gap to one point. That’s his second from a dead ball situation and a third of the game.


Clare 0-9 Cork 0-9

And the sides are level for the fifth time, another Horgan free.


Cork 0-10 Clare 0-9 

Cork are back in front, Patrick Cronin with his first of the evening.

Well that was an interesting first half even if the quality was a little lacking at times, especially in Cork’s shot selection.

However, while they still lead at the break will they, like Munster neighbours Limerick earlier, come to regret a whole host of first half wides?

And we’re live for the second half


Cork 0-11 Clare 0-10

A great run from Aidan Walsh and Cork lead by two for the first time. Conor McGrath cuts the gap to one again almost immediately.


Cork 0-13 Clare 0-12

Cormac Murphy has been very quiet so far but he’s just nailed a fantastic point to make it a two-point game with a half an hour to go.

However, Clare are hanging in and Tony Kelly hits his third point of the game.

Bill Cooper then knocks over his first point before Kelly points again.


Cork 0-13 Clare 0-12

We’re motoring now in terms of scores but Patrick Horgan has just had a point ruled out by the linesman even though the umpires waved it over.


Cork 0-13 Clare 0-13

If there’s a better hurler in the country than Tony Kelly, we’d love to see him play. He’s now the designated free take for Clare and he points a huge one to draw the sides level again.


Cork 0-14 Clare 0-13

Pa Cronin with his second point of the evening and Cork lead once more.


Cork 0-15 Clare 0-13

After a flurry of scoring both sides have been guilty of some poor wides in the lads few minutes. Jamie Coughlan finally raises a white flag for Cork.


Cork 0-15 Clare 0-14

David McInerney with his second ever championship point and Clare trail by the minimum.


Cork 0-15 Clare 0-14

17 wides for Cork so far, 12 for Clare. The conditions have played their part but so has shot selection.


Cork 0-15 Clare 0-15

Shane O’Donnell gets away from his man and levels things up.


Clare 0-16 Cork 0-15

Darach Honan puts Clare back in control with just over 10 minutes to go.

Clare 0-17 Cork 0-15

Colm Galvin comes off the bench and doubles Clare’s lead. He’s the Banner’s ninth different scorer on the night.


Clare 0-17 Cork 0-16

Horgan’s fifth point reduces the gap to one.


Clare 0-17 Cork 0-17

That’s the score of the game for Horgan to level things up for the eighth time. Who’s your money on now?


Cork 0-18 Clare 0-17 

Horgan makes no mistake and Cork lead by one.


Cork 0-19 Clare 0-17

Horgan with another excellent score, 0-8 for him, and Cork are two in front.


Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17

Paudie O’Sullivan puts a goal between them.


Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17

We’re a minute into the three added on and Clare haven’t scored in 12 minutes.


Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17

Was that Clare’s last chance?

And Cork, despite striking twenty wides, are through.

Clare will have to be hugely disappointed. Their tactic was to hunt for goals early and they just didn’t come.

Jimmy Barry Murphy and his players won’t care though, they march on to the quarter-finals.

A penny for Davy Fitzgerald’s thoughts after that one?

That’s it from our triple header. We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage throughout the day.

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Steve O'Rourke