Cork 2-23 Clare 1-21: Late goal helps Rebels past Banner
By Ronan O'Neill
Last Updated: 21/05/18 10:25am
Seamus Harnedy's late goal helped Cork make it four championship victories in a row over Clare in the Munster SHC at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
There were 11 minutes of additional time at the end of the game after a serious injury to Cork debutant Robbie O'Flynn. and Cork took control in the latter stages with Harnedy scoring in the 80th minute to make it 2-23 to 1-21.
Cork held a narrow 0-11 to 0-10 lead at half-time before Conor Lehane put them in charge with his second-half goal. But Tony Kelly found the net which meant Harnedy's strike was crucial.
Cork were desperate for their first championship success back at Páirc Uí Chaoimh but their visitors had the perfect start when John Conlon landed a point inside 20 seconds.
Colm Galvin and Peter Duggan scored further points before Cork finally got their first point through a free from Patrick Horgan in the fifth minute. He would end the game with 10 points.
Mark Coleman and Horgan scored as the sides drew level for the first time in the seventh minute and they went point for point for the rest of the first half.
When these sides met in the 2013 All-Ireland replay it was a high-scoring 5-16 to 3-16 result in Clare's favour. Clare had not beaten Cork in the championship since then, but this looked set to be another thriller after the first quarter.
Cork went 0-6 to 0-4 ahead when Horgan sent over his fourth point in the 17th minute but Clare stuck with them, and Conor McGrath pointed, with Duggan finishing the half out well.
David Reidy and Kelly were also on target for Clare but with Darragh Fitzgibbon and Harnedy scoring towards the end of the half it gave Cork a 0-11 to 0-10 half-time lead.
Shane O'Donnell scored his first point on the resumption but that was answered by a Mark Ellis effort, and the first goal arrived in the 55th minute.
Cork held a 0-14 to 0-13 lead at that stage but a Shane Kingston delivery was flicked into the path of Lehane and he rattled the Clare net. Another Horgan effort gave Cork a 1-15 to 0-13 advantage, and they looked set to pull clear.
Shane Reidy scored a badly needed point for Clare and then Kelly pounced on an error from Anthony Nash to score Clare's goal.
That 62nd-minute strike came just after O'Flynn was down and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after an accidental collision with one of his own players.
The game grew even more hectic as the 11 minutes of injury-time were signalled but Cork held their composure and Harnedy blasted Donal Tuohy for the winner.
Referee: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny)
Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-10 (0-06f), Conor Lehane 1-01, Darragh Fitzgibbon 0-03, Seamus Harnedy 1-03, Mark Ellis 0-02, Bill Cooper 0-01, Robbie O'Flynn 0-01, Mark Coleman 0-01, Dean Brosnan 0-01.
Clare: Tony Kelly 1-03 (0-01f), John Conlon 0-05, Peter Duggan 0-04 (0-04f), David Reidy 0-03 (0-02f), Colm Galvin 0-03, Shane O'Donnell 0-02, Conor McGrath 0-01
1. Anthony Nash
2. Sean O Donoghue
3. Damien Cahalane
4. Colm Spillane
5. Christopher Joyce
6. Mark Ellis
7. Mark Coleman
8. Darragh Fitzgibbon
9. Bill Cooper
10. Daniel Kearney
11. Conor Lehane
12. Robbie O Flynn
13. Luke Meade
14. Seamus Harnedy
15. Patrick Horgan
Brian Lawton for Kearney (34th minute)
Daniel Kearney for Lawton (35th minute)
Shane Kingston for Meade (43rd minute)
Dean Brosnan for Kearney (69th minute)
1. Donal Tuohy
2. Patrick O'Connor
3. Conor Cleary
4. Jack Browne
5. David Fitzgerald
6. David McInerney
7. Seadna Morey
8. Colm Galvin
9. Tony Kelly
10. Cathal Malone
11. John Conlon
12. David Reidy
13. Conor McGrath
14. Peter Duggan
15. Shane O'Donnell.
Cian Dillon for Browne (17th minute)
Jack Browne for Dillon (20th minute)
Mikey O'Malley for O'Connor (70th minute)
Ian Galvin for Reidy (75th minute)
Jamie Shanahan for C Galvin (76th minute)