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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Barry-Murphy happy as Cork bounce back

Patrick Horgan, Cork, strikes a free. Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, round 2
Patrick Horgan, Cork, strikes a free. Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, round 2

Cork looked to bounce back against Clare on Saturday night in Páirc Uí Rinn following their opening day defeat to Kilkenny, and the Rebels duly delivered with a 1-24 to 1-17 win.

Cork were second best early but a Luke O'Farrell goal after 22 minutes reinvigorated their challenge.

The full-forward line who were effectively wiped out by Kilkenny, looked a different unit. Led by Horgan (pictured), who was one of a handful of outstanding performers on the night, they had Cork purring now.

By half-time, they were 1-12 to 0-12 to the good. And having suffered a third-quarter collapse against Kilkenny that saw them outscored by six points to one, they set the tone after the restart.

As the game wore on, Cork looked more confident and Clare ran out of ideas. Jimmy Barry-Murphy's decision not to make wholesale changes to the side looked vindicated.

He had made just three alterations, rewarding O'Farrell for his goal-scoring intervention and introducing Lorcan McLoughlin and Rob O'Shea, and they looked comfortable.

Clare managed just five points after the restart, with only two coming from play.

By the end, the Rebels had opened up a ten-point advantage, leaving Barry-Murphy pleased with the response from his side.

"We were very disappointed, ourselves and the players, with the performance last week," said Barry-Murphy.

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