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Dublin: 6 °C Sunday 16 December, 2018


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Here’s how the sides will start:


1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
3. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
4. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)

5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)

8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)

10. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Shane Kingston (Douglas)

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
15. Luke Meade (Newcestown)


1. Andrew Fahy (Whitegate)

2. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
3. David McInerney (Tulla)
4. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber – captain)

5. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)
6. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown)
7. Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara)

8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
9. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)

10. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)
11. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
12. John Conlon (Clonlara)

13. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
14. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones)
15. Conor McGrath (Cratloe)

We’re underway in Semple Stadium. Clare will play against the breeze for the opening half.

Cork 0-1 Clare 0-0

1 min – Alan Cadogan is in flying form lately and he gives the Rebels an early lead.

Cork 0-2 Clare 0-1

3 mins – Kelly (free) and Harnedy trade scores.

Cork 0-2 Clare 0-2

6 mins – Seadna Morey levels us up with a good effort.

Cork 0-3 Clare 0-2

8 mins – Brilliant score by Patrick Horgan edges Cork back in front. John Conlon hits a wide at the far end – that’s Clare’s third.

Cork 0-3 Clare 0-3

11 mins – Cathal Malone’s kick at goal rebounds off the outside of the post, but Podge Collins sends it over.

Cork 1-3 Clare 0-4

12 mins – Beautiful stick work by Cadogan there and a fine finish. He’s got 1-1 already today. Tony Kelly responds with a superb point from distance at the far end.

Cork 1-3 Clare 0-5

16 mins – Tony Kelly’s free is accurate and raises a white flag. Clare have responded well to the goal.

PENALTY FOR CLARE! Shane O’Donnell is pulled back by Cork.

Cork 1-3 Clare 0-6

19 mins – Tony Kelly drills it over the bar!

Cork 1-4 Clare 0-6

22 mins – Cork hadn’t scored for 11 minutes when Lehane nailed an effort from midfield.

Cork 1-5 Clare 0-6

24 mins – Darragh Fitzgibbon scores after a short sideline by Horgan.

Cork 1-6 Clare 0-6

28 mins – Horgan slots over a free from a tight angle. It’s been a low-scoring first-half so far with scores at a premium.

Cork 1-7 Clare 0-6

29 mins – Cork’s lead is four after another Horgan free.

Cork 1-8 Clare 0-7

32 mins – Tony Kelly hits a free after a run of five straight Cork scores. Jason McCarthy replaces Oisin O’Brien on the Clare team.

Alan Cadogan’s goal earlier:

Alan Cadogan scores the opening goal Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Alan Cadogan after scoring the opening goal Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Clare’s tally of wides increases to seven as we enter additional time at the end of the first-half.

Cork 1-9 Clare 0-8

35+2 mins – John Conlon reduces the gap to three but Horgan cancels it out moments later from a free. That’s his third.

Cork 1-10 Clare 0-8

35+2 mins – Horgan could score frees like this with his eyes closed.

The second-half is on!

David Reidy has replaced Podge Collins at half-time.

Cork 1-10 Clare 0-9

36 mins – Anthony Nash makes a good save from Conor McGrath but Arron Shanagher takes his score to reduce the gap to four.

Cork 1-11 Clare 0-9

38 mins – Another free from Horgan.

Cork 1-12 Clare 0-10

40 mins – McInerney and Shane Kingston trade scores.

Cork 1-13 Clare 0-11

42 mins – Kelly and Horgan swap frees. The latter score was engineered by a wonderful probing run by Kingston. Cian Dillon comes in for Patrick O’Connor.

Cork 1-13 Clare 0-12

43 mins – Colm Galvin with a fine score for Clare.

Cork 1-14 Clare 0-12

45 mins – Lehane makes a superb catch in the air and Horgan slots over the resultant free.

Cork 1-15 Clare 0-12

50 mins – Cadogan leaps high to claim a stunning catch and wins a free. Horgan applies the finish.

Cork 1-16 Clare 0-13

53 mins – Tony Kelly arrows over Clare’s first score from play in nine minutes. It’s goals they need though.

Cork 1-16 Clare 1-14

55 mins – Shane Kingston is booked. Clare are right back in this game now. Then Tony Kelly launches over a huge point from midfield!

Cork 1-17 Clare 1-14

56 mins – Fantastic leadership by Cadogan to score  off his left under pressure.

Cork 1-18 Clare 1-14

57 mins – Coleman puts a great ball into Horgan who converts the chance. Cork lead by four.

Cork 1-19 Clare 1-15

58 mins –  A great score from John Conlon brings Clare back to within three. Fitzgibbon hits a wide at the far end but Cork are awarded a free. Horgan’s strike is good.

Cork 1-20 Clare 1-16

61 mins – Aaron Cunningham scores with his first touch.

Cork 1-21 Clare 1-17

63 mins – Coleman slots over a wonderful sideline while McCarthy responds with one at the far end.

Cork 1-22 Clare 1-17

65 mins – Coleman glides forward and pops one over from way out the field.

Cork 1-22 Clare 1-18

66 mins – Kelly nails a free.

Cork 1-22 Clare 1-19

67 mins – Kelly’s free leaves a goal between the teams.

Cork 1-22 Clare 1-20

69 mins – Conor McGrath leaves two between them. We’re in the final minute of normal time.

We’ll have three minutes of stoppage time.

Cork 1-23 Clare 1-20

71 mins – Cahalane makes a break forward from the full-back line and Horgan points.

Cork 1-24 Clare 1-20

73 mins – Cadogan floats a classy point over. The title is surely Cork’s now!

Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20

74 mins – Horgan sends over another free.

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Kevin O'Brien