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Cork have 9 points to spare over Clare in Munster junior semi final

The Rebels faced the Banner in today’s curtain-raiser at Cusack Park in Ennis.

Action from the Cork Clare junior game.
Action from the Cork Clare junior game.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

Cork 0-18
Clare 0-9

ATTACKER Cathal Vaughan struck 0-8 as the Cork junior football side claimed a convincing Munster semi-final win over Clare in Cusack Park in Ennis this afternoon.

Cork booked their berth in this year’s provincial decider against Waterford with Vaughan, a member of the county U21 setup that lost last month’s All-Ireland U21 final against Galway in the Gaelic Grounds, to the fore up front.

Cork, Munster and All-Ireland champions at this grade in 2009 and 2011, laid the foundations for this victory in the first-half when they galloped into a 0-10 to 0-1 lead by the interval.

With defenders like Eoin O’Mahony, Kevin Harrington and Sean Kiely – who have all lined out for the county at senior level – in their ranks, Cork were able to shut out the Banner attack.

While at the opposite end Vaughan along with Andrew O’Brien, Fiachra Lynch and Eoghan Buckley racked up the points.

Clare who could call on Mark McCarthy from county champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane in attack and former county U21 Darren O’Neill at midfield, did start the second-half brightly and cut the gap to 0-12 to 0-5 by the 38th minute.

But Cork pulled clear once more with Vaughan and substitute Kevin O’Driscoll leading the way as they ran out comfortable victors.

Clare’s Cathal Doohan and Fiachra Lynch of Cork
Pic: INPHO/James Crumb

CORK: David Hanrahan (Douglas); A.J O’Connor (Kiskeam), Eoin O’Mahony (Macroom), Kevin Harrington (Bantry Blues); Richard O’Sullivan (Kinsale), Rory O’Sullivan (Argideen Rangers), Sean Kiely (Macroom); Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues), Michael O Laoire (Naomh Aban); Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary), Andrew O’Brien (Kildorrery), Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh); Eoghan Buckley (St Michael’s), Fiachra Lynch (Valley Rovers), David Harrington (Adrigole).

Subs: Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh) for Deane, Michael Vaughan (Millstreet) for Harrington.

CLARE: Tony Burke (Kilrush); Eugene Flanagan (Shannon Gaels), Stephen Collins (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), Stan Lineen (Kilmihil); Cathal Doohan (Lissycasey), Matthew Moloney (Kilrush), Declan McMahon (Cooraclare); Darren O’Neill (Eire Og), Keith O’Connor (Kildysart); Craig O’Brien (Wolfe Tones), Enda Finnucane (Lissycasey), Eoin Brew (O’Curry’s); Ruairdhi O’Connor (Kilrush), John Looney (Cooraclare), Mark McCarthy (Kilmurry-Ibrickane).

Referee: Michael Meade (Limerick)

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