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Tony Kelly, Clare, in action against Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

Tony Kelly, Clare, in action against Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

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Tony Kelly, Clare, in action against Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

CLARE produced an incredible second-half performance to beat Cork by 1-22 to 1-16, and secure their second consecutive NHL Division 1A win at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night.

After a solid first-half performance in which Pa Cronin excelled from placed balls, Cork led by 0-12 to 0-7 at the break, but Davy Fitzgerald's side outscored Cork by 11 points in the second half as they cruised to victory.

Tony Kelly and Colin Ryan struck a couple of fine scores to set the comeback in motion. Cork remained in the game until Shane O'Donnell raced through the Cork defence and finished accurately past Anthony Nash.

Sub Darach Honan added his name to the scoresheet and the magnificent Ryan crowned his stellar performance with a monster score from inside his own half to put Clare 1-22 to 0-16 ahead.

At the death, Luke O'Farrell grabbed a consolation goal for the home side, but the damage had been well and truly done in the final quarter, and Cork's unbeaten run in the league came to an end.

 

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Meanwhile, in Division 1B, Wexford produced an impressive display to beat Antrim by 12 points at Wexford Park on Saturday.

The result is a big boost to Wexford's promotion ambitions but Kevin Ryan's Saffrons are now in grave danger of relegation after falling to a third straight defeat.

In a frenetic opening to the game, Antrim led by 1-2 to 0-3 after just nine minutes, thanks to a Shane Casey goal.

The sides exchanged points in some excellent passages of hurling and the game was all-square 1-7 to 0-10 when Wexford got the breakthrough they so desperately wanted.

A long Mark Fanning puckout dropped over the half-back line, leaving David Redmond to race clear before applying an excellent finish with a low shot to the bottom right corner of the net.

Rory Jacob was in irrepressible form in the home attack with some searching running, and within 11 seconds of the restart he cut inside the defence to blaze a great ball to the top right-hand corner of the net, giving his side a 2-14 to 1-9 lead.

Antrim needed a couple of goals to get back into the game but it wasn't to be as Wexford saw out the game with ease.


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