Clare defeated Limerick by 0-16 to 0-13 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 29th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
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Munster SFC: Clare claim narrow win
Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final
Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13
By Eoin Brennan at Gaelic Grounds for GAA.ie
Clare secured their third consecutive Championship derby victory over Limerick to return to the last four in Munster in front of an attendance of 3,343 at the Gaelic Grounds.
The Allianz Football League Division Three winners eventually held off the stubborn challenge of their hosts to secure a semi-final spot away to Kerry in a fortnight’s time. It was far from the intensity and flair of their recent Croke Park title victory though as the dead heat of the Gaelic Grounds produced a dour opening before finally sparking to life in a seesaw second half.
Clare’s 0-5 to 0-4 interval advantage masked a low key half in which the sides shared 14 wides, eight of which crucially came from the hosts who started in impressive fashion but found it difficult to turn their superiority into scores.
With captain Ian Ryan unerring from frees, the home side did open up a 0-3 to 0-1 advantage by the 15th minute, but that was as good as it got for Limerick as Clare finally cranked into gear with four of the last five points of the half including an inspirational effort from substitute Podge Collins to edge his side in front.
Clare maintained that form for the new half, with the opening two points through Keelan Sexton and Eoin Cleary to push three clear. Despite the best efforts of Ryan who kicked five frees to keep his side in touch, the Banner County displayed the better balance with seven different second half scorers including three points from Jamie Malone to return to the Munster semi-final for the fifth successive season.
Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-3 (2f), J Malone 0-3, K Sexton 0-2, P Collins 0-2, E Cleary 0-2, C O’Connor 0-1, S Collins 0-1, S McGrath 0-1, G Brennan 0-1
Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-8 (7f), D Neville 0-2 (1f), C Sheehan 0-1, S Buckley 0-1, S Cahill 0-1.
Clare: J Hayes; D Ryan, K Harnett, M McMahon; S Collins, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; P Lillis, J Malone, E Cleary; K Sexton, D Tubridy, P Burke
Subs: P Collins for O’Connor (33 mins, inj), 17. S McGrath for Lillis (48 mins), S Malone for Kelly (50 mins, Black Card), S Hickey for O’Dea (57 mins), E Coughlan for Burke (57 mins)
Limerick: D O’Sullivan; J McCarthy, P Browne, S Cahill; B Fanning, S O’Dea, P White; C Sheehan, D Treacy; G Noonan, I Ryan, S Buckley; S McSweeney, D Neville, P Nash
Subs: E Hogan for McSweeney (29 mins), K Ryan for Noonan (56 mins), P Hannon for Fanning (59 mins), H Bourke for Hogan (63 mins), C Fahy for White (72 mins).
Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)
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Under 16’s: Free
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LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins); Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), Paudie Browne (Fr. Caseys), Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins); Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), Sean O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen), Paul White (Rathkeale); Cian Sheehan (Newcastle West), Darragh Tracey (St. Kierans); Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Peter Nash (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); Ian Ryan (St Senans), Danny Neville (Ballysteen), Brian Donovan (Monaleen). Subs: Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen), Colm Moran (Monaleen) Seán Flanagan (Castlemahon), Paul Hannon (Newcastle West), Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen), Sean McSweeney (St Kierans), Killian Ryan (Mungret St Pauls), James Naughton (St Senans), Hugh Bourke (Adare), Eoin Hogan (Na Piarsaigh)
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1. Joe Hayes (Lissycasey)
2. Dean Ryan (Eire Óg)
3. Kevin Hartnett (Meelick)
4. Marty McMahon (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
5. Cian O’Dea (Kilnefora)
6. Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Milltown)
7. Sean Collins (Cratloe)
8. Gary Brennan (Clondegad)
9. Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen)
10. Jamie Malone (Corofin)
11. Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
12. Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare)
13. Eoin Cleary (St Joseph’s Milltown)
14. David Tubridy (Doonbeg)
15. Pat Burke (Kilmacud Crokes)
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2015: Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
2012: Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 (Munster semi-final)
2009: Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9 (Munster semi-final)
2006: Limerick 2-5 Clare 0-8 (Munster quarter-final)
2003: Limerick 2-14 Clare 0-12 (Munster semi-final)
MOST RECENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13 (2015 Munster quarter-final, Ennis)
Clare led by five points at half-time but Limerick fought back in the second half and cut the margin to a point late on before Clare kicked another point to edge home by two.
MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE GAME
Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11 (Allianz FL Div 2, Newcastlewest, 28 February 2016)
David Tubridy scored 0-6 for Clare while Ian Ryan countered with 0-5 for Limerick but the Banner took both points after leading by six at half-time.
2016 ALLIANZ LEAGUE
Clare: Div 3 champions (Played 8, Won 5, Lost 3)
Limerick: 8th Div 3 – relegated (played 7, Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 6)
DID YOU KNOW?
It’s 21-10 in Clare’s favour with five draws from the previous 36 championship games between the counties.
THE ROAD AHEAD
The winners play Kerry in the Munster semi-final on June 11/12; the losers head for the qualifiers on June 25.
Both Colm Collins (Clare) and John Brudair (Limerick) are in their third seasons.