Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16

Clare defeated Limerick by 3-17 to 2-16 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Munster SHC: Clare out-shoot Limerick


Report By Jackie Cahill for

Clare are through to a first Munster senior hurling final since 2008, after scoring a four-point victory over Limerick in Thurles this afternoon.

Shane O’Donnell struck two early first half goals and Conor McGrath netted in the second half as the Banner men set up a July 9 meeting with Cork or Waterford.

It’s Clare’s second successive championship victory over their neighbours, having beaten them in last year’s All-Ireland qualifier. Clare could even afford the luxury of a missed Tony Kelly penalty with two minutes of normal time left.

And while David Reidy hit four pointed frees, he also sent a number of efforts wide in the second half. But Limerick, who head for the qualifiers, will rue a huge tally of 11 first half wides. And after coming from eight points down to level, with an unanswered run of 1-5, they allowed Clare to regain the advantage approaching half-time.

Having been reeled in, Clare hit five unanswered points before the interval, to lead by 2-10 to 1-8, in front of 19,168 spectators. It was O’Donnell who had provided Clare with an early platform, recapturing his 2013 All-Ireland final replay hat-trick form with a sensational opening quarter of an hour.

O’Donnell netted in the fifth minute, taking advantage of indecision in the Limerick full-back line when goalkeeper Nickie Quaid could only half-clear John Conlon’s effort which dropped short. O’Donnell was on hand to send a ground-stroke to the net and in the 14th minute, he struck again to hand Clare a 2-2 to 0-3 lead.

O’Donnell followed up with a point and when Colm Galvin and Reidy (free) added further scores, Clare were eight ahead – 2-5 to 0-3. That was Limerick’s cue to come alive and they did, drawing level with 1-5 in five minutes.

After points from Peter Casey and Cian Lynch (2), David Dempsey goaled in the 22nd minute, profiting after Andrew Fahy popped Lynch’s effort into the air. Fahy will feel he should have done better but the goalkeeper, making his full Munster senior championship debut, had done well a couple of minutes earlier to keep out Kyle Hayes.

Shane Dowling (free) and Paul Browne hauled Limerick level with scores – 1-8 to 2-5 – but Clare took over again before half-time and notched five points. In the second period, Clare comfortably kept Limerick at arm’s length, as the played with a slight breeze towards the Town End of Semple Stadium.

Limerick tried desperately hard to work their way back into contention and were within three, 1-12 to 2-12, before more hesitation in defence allowed in McGrath for a 51st minute goal. Clare went on to lead by eight points again and were in cruise control down the home straight. Quaid conceded a penalty after fouling Clare sub Aaron Cunningham but Kelly drove the penalty low and wide.

It mattered little as the game was done and dusted but there was some late cheer for Limerick when Hayes, making his senior championship debut, netted in the final minute.

Scorers for Clare: Shane O’Donnell 2-2, Conor McGrath 1-3, David Reidy 0-5f, John Conlon 0-2, Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Colm Galvin, Jason McCarthy & Ian Galvin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-7f, David Dempsey & Kyle Hayes 1-1 each, Paul Browne (1 sl) & Cian Lynch 0-2 each, Peter Casey, Pat Ryan & Barry Nash 0-1 each.

CLARE: Andrew Fahy; Seadna Morey, David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor; Gearóid O’Connell, Conor Cleary, David Fitzgerald; Colm Galvin, David Reidy; Tony Kelly, Shane O’Donnell, Padraic Collins; Aron Shanagher, Conor McGrath, John Conlon
Subs: Jason McCarthy for O’Connell (54), Ian Galvin for Collins (59), Aaron Cunningham for Shanagher (63), Cathal Malone for McGrath (65), Cathal McInerney for Kelly (69).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Richie McCarthy, Mike Casey; Dan Morrissey, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Paul Browne, James Ryan; Shane Dowling, Cian Lynch, David Dempsey; Peter Casey, Kyle Hayes, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: Barry Nash for Mulcahy (h.t.), Richie English for Mike Casey (40), Tom Morrissey for Peter Casey (53), Aaron Gillane for Dowling (57), Pat Ryan for James Ryan (57).

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

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    Team News

    Clare v Limerick in the Munster semi-final is the big hurling attraction next Sunday (Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4.0) as the great rivals clash for a third successive year.
    Clare won an All-Ireland qualifier tie last year while Limerick won a Munster quarter-final clash in 2015.

    2016: Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2015: Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15 (Munster quarter-final)
    2013: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2008: Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)

    *This will be the 55th championship game between the counties. Limerick won 35 to Clare’s 18, with one draw, from the previous 54.
    *Both teams are under new management this year. John Kiely leads Limerick into the championship for the first time while Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor take charge of Clare.
    *Clare finished fifth in 1A in this year’s Allianz League (two wins, three defeats) before beating Dublin in a relegation play-off.
    *Limerick finished third in 1B (three wins, two defeats). They beat Cork in the quarter-final before losing to Galway in the semi-final.
    *Clare are seeking their first win in the Munster championship since beating Waterford in the 2013 quarter-final. They lost to Cork in 2014, to Limerick in 2015 and to Waterford last year.
    *Limerick lost their opening Munster game against Tipperary last year, having beaten Clare in 2015, Tipperary in 2014 and 2013.
    *Tony Kelly scored 0-9, Podge Collins and Shane O’Donnell 0-3 each when Clare beat Limerick by 0-19 to 0-15 in last year’s All-Ireland qualifiers. They led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time. Shane Dowling on 0-6 was Limerick’s top scorer.
    *The only draw between Clare and Limerick in 54 championship games was in 1970. A Munster quarter tie in Thurles ended on a Limerick 3-9 Clare 2-12 scoreline. Limerick won the replay by 1-10 to 0-4 in Limerick.
    *The winners will play Cork or Waterford in the Munster final on July 9.

    Clare have reached only one Munster final (2008 when they lost to Tipperary) since the start of the new Millennium.

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  • TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship – Waterford 3-11 Cork 1-11

    Waterford defeated Cork by 3-11 to 1-11 in the TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship on Sunday June 4th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

    Waterford stun Cork in TG4 Munster ladies SFC

    Report By Jackie Cahill

    PAT Sullivan’s Waterford secured a sensational six-point victory over reigning TG4 Munster and All-Ireland ladies senior football champions Cork on Sunday afternoon.

    The Déise girls ran out 3-11 to 1-11 winners at Fraher Field to book a first Munster senior final appearance in ten years.

    The landmark result also marks Waterford’s first time to beat the Rebelettes in the senior championship since 2003.
    Cork now face a winner-takes-all clash with Kerry in a fortnight’s time to see who will provide Waterford’s provincial final opposition.

    Fresh from stunning the Kingdom last month, Waterford made sure of their final place by making it two wins from two in the round-robin series. On the weekend it was confirmed that dual star Rena Buckley will not be committing to football this year, Cork fell to their first championship defeat since the 2015 Munster final loss to Kerry.
    Waterford were off to a flyer when Aileen Wall, brilliant throughout, scored the opening point.

    Remarkably, Sullivan’s charges would lead from there all the way to the finish, and they were further boosted by Roisin Tobin’s brilliant third-minute goal. In the 14th minute, Grainne Kenneally netted Waterford’s second goal and by the 22nd minute, all six of their starting forwards were on the scoresheet.

    Aine O’Sullivan’s 25th minute goal hauled struggling Cork back into contention but Ephie Fitzgerald’s visitors still faced an uphill task ahead of the second half, trailing by 1-3 to 2-6. Waterford had played with the breeze in the opening half and while Cork have found themselves in worse situations in championship football, this was one rescue act they couldn’t pull off.

    Two brilliant Michelle Ryan points early in the second half maintained Waterford’s momentum but a run of five unanswered scores had Cork ominously in contention with nine minutes left. Cork had moved to within four points, 1-9 to 2-10, but Wall found the top corner for Waterford’s third goal in the 52nd minute and that proved a pivotal score.

    That strike had Waterford 3-10 to 1-9 clear and another Michelle Ryan point sretched their advantage. Cork did register the final two scores of the game, midfielder Jess O’Shea on target with both, but Waterford were left to savour a famous victory, one that blows the race for provincial and All-Ireland honours wide open.

    Munster Under 25 Reserve Hurling Semi-Final – Limerick 4-18 Clare 0-17

    Limerick defeated Clare by 4-18 to 0-17 in the Munster Under 25 Reserve Hurling Semi-Final on Sunday June 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

    Hat-trick from Ahern gets Limerick hurling off to good start against Clare in Thurles

    Limerick advance to face Waterford in the final.

    Limerick 4-18 Clare 0-16

    Report by Jackie Cahill for

    PAUDIE AHERN FIRED a hat-trick of goals as Limerick cruised to victory over Clare in this afternoon’s Munster U25 Reserves hurling competition semi-final at Semple Stadium.

    Ahern bagged one in the first half and two more in the second period as the Shannonsiders ran out 14-point winners.
    There was some confusion over the final scoreline, with the scoreboard crediting Clare with 17 points, but journalists in both stands were in agreement that the Banner men had scored 16. It mattered little to the end result, however, as Limerick produced a powerful second half display to win pulling up.

    At half-time, they were 1-10 to 0-8 clear, as Clare relied heavily on the free-taking of captain Shane McGrath to remain in touch. Ahern’s 19th minute goal, arrowed into the top corner, helped Limerick to that five-point interval lead, before they built on it considerably.

    Ahern scored his second goal in the 35th minute, Mike Mackey netted in the 43rd and Ahern completed his treble a minute later as the Shannonsiders upped the ante. Limerick lost full-back Darragh Fanning to a second yellow card with four minutes of normal time remaining but highly-rated young goalkeeper Eoghan McNamara preserved a ‘clean sheet’ with a string of late saves.

    While Ahern will grab the headlines for his goal-scoring exploits, Limerick were also well served by free-taker Kyle Dillion, who racked up seven of his eight points from placed balls. Nine Limerick players got on the scoresheet during the game, with five of the starting six forwards on target, along with both midfielders and wing backs.

    Scorers for Limerick: Paudie Ahern 3-0, Kyle Dillion 0-8 (7f), Mike Mackey 1-2, Barry Murphy 0-3, Darragh Cotter (f), Thomas Grimes, Lorcan Lyons, Robbie Hanley & Oisin O’Reilly 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Clare: Shane McGrath 0-11 (10f), David Conroy 0-2, Michael O’Neill, Kevin Hehir & Michael Moloney 0-1 each.


    1. Eoghan McNamara (Doon)
    2. Conor McSweeney (South Liberties)
    3. Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen)
    4. Dan Joy (Kilmallock)
    5. Darragh Cotter (Castletown/Ballyagran)
    6. Josh Adams (Ballybrown)
    7. Thomas Grimes (capt. – Na Piarsaigh)
    8. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen)
    9. Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock)
    10. Mike Mackey (Adare)
    11. Barry Murphy (Doon)
    12. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)
    13. Kyle Dillion (Bruff)
    14. Oisin O’Reilly (Kilmallock)
    15. Paudie Ahern (Killeedy)
    20. Luke Doran (Ballybrown) for Joy (47)
    18. Jack Cagney (Granagh/Ballingarry) for Lyons (49)
    17. Cian O’Brien (Mungret St Pats) for Grimes (51)
    24. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen) for Flanagan (51)
    23. Darragh Carroll (Newport) for Ahern (55)


    1. Daniel Vaughan (Tulla)
    4. Conor O’Halloran (Éire Óg)
    3. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
    2. Ciaran Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills)
    5. Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones)
    6. Dara Walsh (Éire Óg)
    7. Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones)
    8. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley)
    9. David Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield)
    12. Oisín Donnellan (Feakle)
    17. Kevin Hehir (Inagh Kilnamona)
    10. Michael O’Neill (Kilmaley)
    13. Brian Corry (Sixmilebridge)
    14. Martin Daly (Feakle)
    15. Shane McGrath (capt. – Feakle)
    18. Billy Connors (Cratloe) for Donnellan (h.t.)
    24. Michael Moloney (Éire Óg) for Walsh (35)
    19. Cian Nolan (Smith O’Briens) for O’Halloran (38)
    20. Padraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara) for Daly (44)
    11. Kevin McCafferty (Wolfe Tones) for Corry (46)

    Referee: Joe Larkin (Cork)

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