Cork v Clare, Sunday, 4pm, Thurles
It’s a Munster Hurling Final that everyone is looking forward to and why not as it is expected to be sell out as well as a cracker of a game. Cork are the in form team in the country this year in the championship along with Galway and another massive performance from the Rebels will mean not only that they will be Munster champions but it will also mean they will be in the All-Ireland semi-finals come August, so there is a lot a stake in this game.
Cork have already beaten reigning Munster and All-Ireland Champions Tipperary, while they also brushed aside Waterford in the semi-final so they are fully deserving of their place. Kieran Kingston has blended youth with experience and it seems to be working for him thus far. Pat Horgan has found a new lease of life this year, while Conor Lehane is surely now in line for an all-star after his two superb performances against Tipperary and Waterford. However, they can also call on the impressive Mark Coleman, Luke Meade and Darragh Fitzgibbon, while Shane Kingston has also been impressive.
For Clare they beat Limerick in the semi-final stage and once again Shane O’Donnell showed why he is one of the best forwards in the game, he grabbed two goals in the space of five minutes and he scores some nice points as well. Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor, like Kieran Kingston has some experienced players, like Cian Dillion, Brendan Bugler, Pat O’Connor, and Podge Collins and although Tony Kelly is still only in his early 20s he has been key to the Clare side over the last 3-4 years. Clare will be looking to get back to Croke Park using the direct route to the semi-finals and big games from the players named above and they won’t be far away.
In terms of odds, there is little to separate the sides. Cork are 8/11, Clare are 7/5 and the draw which could be worth a few quid is 9/1. For me I think Cork will get the win here, they have been playing superb all championship and I don’t see why it can’t continue. Cork by 2 or 3 points.
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