Cork set up a Munster minor football final date with Tipperary when they comfortably beat Clare 1-16 to 0-6 in Cusack Park, Ennis on Wednesday night.
Brian Cuthbert’s men, who struggled against the same opposition this time last year, has no such problems this time round proving too strong for the Banner County and living up to their billing as favourites.
Any nerves evaporated inside the first minute when Mark Sugrue gave Cork the perfect start when he netted with a blistering shot inside on his way to a game total of 1-2 while the ever impressive Dan MacEoin equalled his tally with 5 points.
After that exciting start, there would be only one more point in the next 17 minutes and despite having the wind on their backs It took Clare 21 minutes to get on the score sheet, Niall Hickey scoring a point.
Goalkeepers James McDonnell of Cork and Clare’s Darren Sexton ensured there would be no goals with wonderful saves as Cork headed into half time 1-5 to 0-3 points.
Cork controlled the second half, with Sugrue, Cian O’Sullivan, MacEoin and Stephen O’Mahoney all getting early scores to put the Rebel’s 9 points up. An Eoin Cleary free reduced the deficit slightly but Clare could only add 2 more points against the wind and in the end Cork ran out comfortable 13 points winners.
They will now face a Tipperary side that looked to be dead and buried when they conceded 3 goals against Kerry however they came from 11 points down to seal a final place.