McGrath Cup Semi-Finals


CORK 3-15

CLARE 1-17

Cork and Clare will contest another McGrath Cup Final after both sides enjoyed comfortable semi-final victories last Sunday.

Aided by a 10 minute Brian Hurley goal Cork eventually went in at the interval armed with a 1-6 to 0-6 lead against Limerick at the Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale.

On the resumption however, Cork struck for two goals in two minutes with Paul Walsh and Ian Maguire pushing Cork 3-6 to 0-6 in front and after that it was all one-way traffic with Limerick adding just a single point as Cork cruised into the final with a 16 point winning margin.

In the other semi-final Clare were always in control against Waterford at the Gold Coast resort venue as Conal O’hAinifein netted a first half 29th minute goal to put Clare in the driving seat as they led by 1-8 to 0-2 at half time.

Ciaran O’Dea, Gary Brennan, Gavin Cooney, Dale Masterson and Kieran Malone were among the Clare scorers in a game where it took Waterford 32 minutes to registrar their opening point from Conor Murray. The Waterford attack lacked bite with wing back James McGrath getting their second point on the stroke of half time.

After the restart Waterford battled hard, but the visitors were never seriously troubled as they shot a further 0-9 to just 1-4 for the home side who will be disappointed with this effort. Clare will now meet Cork in next week’s final, while Waterford will have much to ponder before their opening league game against Wicklow in three weeks’ time.