Rebels overcame treacherous conditions to record McGrath Cup victory

Cork 2-9 Clare 0-10

BRIAN Hurley ensured Keith Ricken made a winning start as the new Cork manager with a decisive win over Clare in the McGrath Cup at a weather-battered Hennessy Memorial Park in Milltown Malbay on Saturday.

The Castlehaven forward defied horrendous conditions of a near gale-force wind and intermittent showers to top score with 1-6.

Clare played with the howling wind at their backs from the start, but still trailed by two points at the interval as Cork swept to a winning position, leading by 2-9 to 0-7 entering the closing quarter.


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Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 1-6 (0-3 f), D O’Connell 1-0, M Cronin 0-2 (0-1 f), R Maguire 0-1.

Clare: M McInerney 0-3 (0-2 f), A Griffin 0-3, K Sexton 0-3 (0-2 f), E McMahon 0-1.

CORK: C Kelly (Éire Óg); K Crowley (Millstreet), S Meehan (Kiskeam), P Ring (Aghabullogue); R Maguire (Castlehaven), S Powter (Douglas), captain, C Kiely (Ballincollig); P Walsh (Kanturk), J Grimes (Clonakilty); D O’Connell (Kanturk), F Herlihy (Dohenys), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), B Hurley (Castlehaven), (Cill na Martra), D Gore (Kilmacabea).

Subs: P Allen (Newmarket) for Ring D Buckley (Newcestown) for O’Connell half-time, B Murphy (St Vincent’s) for Gore and T Corkery (Cill na Marta) for Crowley, 40, K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Kiely and C O’Donovan (Macroom) for Walsh 50, L Fahy (Ballincollig) for Maguire 57, D Phelan (Aghada) Powter, K Cremin (Boherbue) for O’Callaghan 61.

CLARE: S Ryan; D Connelly, E Collins, C Morrissey; C O Dea, captain, A Sweeney, D Walsh; D Bohannon, D O’Neill; E McMahon, K Sexton, C Downes; M McInerney, J McGann, A Griffin.

Subs used: T O’Brien, R Lanigan, J Sheedy, M Byrne, D Keating, P Kelly, T McDonald, M Doherty, A Shannon, B McNamara, C O’Connor.

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry).