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Clare 2-23 Cork 2-18

GOAL: Shane O’Donnell. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
GOAL: Shane O’Donnell. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

A first championship win in six years over Cork was scant consolation for Clare as they exited the Munster Hurling Championship in Ennis.

Tipperary's win over Limerick ensured Clare lost out on score difference, having won as many games as both Limerick and Cork.

But ultimately their abject performances against Tipperary and Limerick cost them and triggered significant criticism and abuse in the aftermath, joint-manager Donal Moloney revealed afterwards.

"They can attack us all they want, we're around a long time, we don't have any issue with that. But attacking players as they have done, it's not very respectful," he said.

Clare got off to a flying start with a Shane O'Donnell goal inside 16 seconds, Patrick Horgan responded at the other end but when it settled down Clare drew on greater physicality as torrential rain seemed to affect Cork more.

Tony Kelly plundered 1-2 in the opening half, his goal courtesy of a great Peter Duggan fetch and lay off.

By the break it was 2-10 to 1-8 in Clare's favour but Cork closed to within a point inside five minutes of the restart. Clare regained momentum and despite a second Horgan goal they were able to nail down victory with late scores as it became apparent Limerick had lost to Tipperary.

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