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Cork retain Munster Title at Thurles

Cork produced a master-class second half to retain their Munster Title and beat Clare at Thurles by 2-24 to 3-19.

Cork Captain Seamus Harnedy produced a master-class for the Rebels scoring a crucial goal and four points, while Cork hero Patrick Horgan dominated the scoring with a tally of (0-11).

In the first half Clare were winning the battle taking a 8 point lead, but John Meyler’s men fought back well to close the gap to just 4 points.

The 2nd half produced fireworks, with Cork coming out like lions. Darragh Fitzgibbon and Bill Cooper produced strong displays and dominated midfield which provided scores for the Cork forward line. Luke Meade got another crucial goal for the Rebels and they soldered towards back to back Munster titles.

A late point from Clare’s Podge Collins and a goal from Ian Galvin left Cork fans sweating, but the final whistle was blown to the delight of the Cork.

Cork: Anthony Nash; Colm Spillane, Damien Cahalane, Sean O’Donoghue; Christopher Joyce, Eoin Cadogan, Mark Coleman (0-02, 0-01sl); Darragh Fitzgibbon (0-02), Bill Cooper (0-01); Luke Meade (1-01), Daniel Kearney (0-02), Shane Kingston; Patrick Horgan (0-11, 0-06f, 1-0 65), Conor Lehane (0-01), Seamus Harnedy (1-04).

Reporter – Patrick Coughlan (SportsMatters)

Audio Reporter – Jerry Coughlan (SMTV)

Subs: Robbie O’Flynn for Kingston (60), Micheal Cahalane for Meade (64), Lorcan McLaughlin for Kearney (66), Dean Brosnan for McLaughlin (73).

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Jack Browne, Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney; Jamie Shanahan, Conor Cleary, Seadna Morey; Colm Galvin (0-01), Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan (1-07, 0-06f), Tony Kelly (0-01), David Reidy (1-02); Podge Collins (0-02), John Conlon (0-05), Shane O’Donnell.

Subs: Jason McCarthy for Malone (50), Conor McGrath (0-01 for O’Donnell (55), David Fitzgerald for Shanahan (60), Darragh Corry for Reidy (63), Iain Galvin (1-00) for Cleary (68)

Morgan Treacy/INPHO

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