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Cork power past Clare in second-half to claim first hurling league win of 2015

Patrick Horgan was the scoring star for the Rebels tonight as he shot 0-14.

Clare's Cian Dillon and Cork's Luke O'Farrell in opposition.
Clare's Cian Dillon and Cork's Luke O'Farrell in opposition.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Cork 1-24
Clare 0-17

Fintan O’Toole reports from Páirc Uí Rinn

THEY WERE FLAT last Saturday in Páirc Uí Rinn but Cork responded  in style at the same venue last night as they claimed an impressive win for their first points in Division 1A of the Allianz hurling league.

Cork bounced back from that desperately disappointing loss to Kilkenny on the opening night as they showed a clinical edge in the second-half to despatch Clare. Patrick Horgan pointed the way as he weighed in with a massive total of 0-14 while Luke O’Farrell rocketed home a terrific first-half goal.

Defeat is a setback for Clare after last Sunday’s reversal and places them on the backfoot as they try to preserve their Division 1A status. They were highly competitive in the opening period and only trailed 1-12 to 0-12 at the break but Cork took over to boss the second half exchanges.

Clare had started brightly and were good value for their 0-9 to 0-6 lead after 23 minutes. Colin Ryan, Colm Galvin and John Conlon all contributed excellent points. Cork’s challenge was then revived when O’Farrell fired home a superb goal at the second attempt after his initial shot was blocked.

Cork took the impetus from that strike and went on to forge a 1-12 to 0-12 lead at the break. They didn’t let the initiative slip from their grasp in the second-half. Horgan showed the way as he struck some excellent points and Cork went 1-19 to 0-15 clear by the 53rd minute.

Christopher Joyce tackles Shane O'Donnell Cork's Christopher Joyce tackles Clare's Shane O'Donnell. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Cork had several superb individual showings from Daniel Kearney at midfield and the defensive duo of Christopher Joyce and Lorcán McLoughlin. Conor Lehane hit a fine 0-4 haul up front while Alan Cadogan showed well also.

For Clare, the second-half saw their form slump alarmingly. The scores dried up and they couldn’t breach the Cork goal as Anthony Nash denied goal attempts from Conor McGrath (twice) and John Conlon.

Cork go forward to a Croke Park meeting with Dublin full of confidence while Clare’s need to arrest their losing run with a clash against Tipperary looming next.

Conor O'Sullivan takes a sideline cut Conor O'Sullivan takes a sideline cut for Cork tonight. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-14 (0-8f, 0-1 ’65), Conor Lehane 0-4, Luke O’Farrell 1-1, Anthony Nash (0-1f), Daniel Kearney, Seamus Harnedy, Cormac Murphy, Alan Cadogan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-8 (0-6f), John Conlon 0-3, Bobby Duggan, Colm Galvin 0-2 each, Patrick O’Connor, Brendan Bugler 0-1 each.

CORK

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
3. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
4. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)

5. Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)

8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
9. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk

10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
11. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
12. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Subs
23. Stephen Moylan (Douglas) for O’Shea (58)
20. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown) for Walsh (58)
26. Anthony Spillane (Castlelyons) for Horgan (65)

Conor Lehane is tackled by Conor Ryan Conor Lehane is tackled by Clare's Conor Ryan. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

CLARE

1. Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona)

2. Domhnall O’Donovan (Clonlara)
3. Cian Dillon (Crusheen)
4. Jack Browne (Ballyea)

6. Conor Ryan (Cratloe)
5. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown-Malbay)
7. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber)

8. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
12. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)

10. Patrick Donnellan (O’Callaghan Mills)
9. Colin Ryan (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
11. Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)

13. John Conlon (Clonlara)
14. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
15. David Reidy (Éire Óg)

Subs
18. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge) for O’Donovan (34)
20. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge) for Cleary (51)
22. Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones) for Donnellan (51)
23. Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara) for Duggan (64)

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

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