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Cork kill off Clare with additional time brace

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All-Ireland champions Cork ruthlessly killed off the challenge of Clare in the opening round of the senior camogie championship with an injury time brace of 2-03 on Saturday evening.

Cork 3-19
Clare 0-09
Venue: O’Garney Park, Sixmilebridge

Once again a lack of a wide spread scoring threat would hinder Clare’s cause as they fell to a nineteen point defeat to Cork in their first outing of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior camogie championship.

Being four points adrift at half-time was a positive for Clare, however they had only five points on the board with Katrina Mackey goaling for Cork on eighteen minutes. Unlike the conclusion of the game itself, Clare finished the first half well with captain Laura McMahon and frees from Mairead Scanlon reducing the gap to two scores.

Paudie Murray’s Rebellettes upped their game in the second half, outscoring Clare 8-2 in the space of twenty four minutes. Not contest to ease up on the gas, the visitors instead drove the knife in further scoring 2-03 in injury time to get their three-in-a-row bid off to a winning start.

Next weekend, Clare travel to Meath with Ger O’Connell’s side needed a win to bounce back while Cork will be aiming to make it two from two when they host Tipperary.

Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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