Munster MHC: Sheehan on form as Rebels end nine year wait

09 July 2017

Clare's Rian Considine and Ger Millerick of Cork

Evan Sheehan helped himself to 2-2 as Cork coasted to victory over Clare in today's Munster MHC decider.

The Rebels, who only booked their final ticket last Monday evening thanks to a replay semi-final win over Tipperary, prevailed on a scoreline of 4-21 to 0-16.

Sheehan's two goals arrived in the first-half and Denis Ring's side took a healthy 2-11 to 0-7 lead into the break.

Substitute Barry Murphy and full-forward Robert Downey raised green flags after the break as the team in red and white won pulling up.

Cork's reward for their first provincial success in this grade since 2008 is an All-Ireland semi-final date on Sunday, August 13th while Clare will aim to bounce back in a quarter-final fixture.

Tiarnán Agnew top scored for the Banner County with 0-7, six of which came from placed balls.

Cork - G Collins; C O’Callaghan, S O’Leary Hayes (0-1), E Roche; A Walsh Barry, J Keating, G Millerick; D Connery (0-6, 5f), B Roche (0-1); D Lenihan, C Hanafin (0-1), E Sheehan (2-2); B Turnbull (0-4, 2f), R Downey (1-2), L O’Shea (0-2). Subs: B Murphy (1-1) for D Linehan, D Hanlon for C Hanafin, R Howell for A Walsh Barry, B Buckley (0-1) for L O’Shea, D Jones for B Roche.

Clare - E Foudy; B Higgins, R Hayes, C McInerney; C Minogue (0-2, 1f), A McCarthy (0-1), D Ryan (0-1); K White (0-1), L Brack; R Considine (0-1), T Agnew (0-7, 6f), E Fitzgerald; G Cooney, C Tierney, B Horner. Subs: K McDermott (0-3) for L Brack, C Haugh for R Considine, G Cahill for E Fitzgerald, P Corry for B Horner.

Referee - J Murphy.