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2022 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final – Limerick 1-29 Clare 0-29

June 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Limerick defeated Clare by 1-29 to 0-29 after extra time in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday June 5th at FBD Semple Stadium Thurles.


Mick Mackey Cup Presentation


Match Highlights


Munster SHC Final: Limerick retain title

Limerick 1-29 Clare 0-29

After extra-time

Report By Eoin Brennan at FBD Semple Stadium for GAA.ie

A Munster Final for the ages as it took a full 90 minutes before Limerick finally emerged from an intense wrestle for supremacy with neighbours Clare to secure a first four-in-a-row of Munster titles in 86 years.

In what was an epic, but exceedingly tense provincial showpiece that was level on 14 occasions, remarkably there was never more than a puck of the ball between the sides at any stage until the final minutes.

In the end, the defending champions just had the edge on stamina as their bench appeared much more physically adept to be able to seamlessly blend into such a demanding slugfest.

The performances of chief marksmen from play Seamus Flanagan (0-8) and Tony Kelly (0-7) were exceptional while Aaron Gillane, Sean Finn, Barry Nash, David Fitzgerald and Ryan Taylor were others to stand tallest in a warrior-like cauldron.

Indeed, Tony Kelly’s seven point first half haul ensured that Clare set the early pace for the majority, only to be spectacularly reeled in when Tom Morrissey offloaded to Gearoid Hegarty to skilfully beat his marker and fire to the bottom right corner of the net at 1-9 to 0-12 by the 27th minute.

That stalemate remained until the break at 0-14 to 1-11 and the sides would sustain that compelling blow-for-blow pattern for the bulk of the second period before Limerick centre-back Declan Hannon stepped up to arrow over a booming point from his own ’65 deep into injury-time.

It looked to be the clinching score but fellow captain Tony Kelly had other ideas and admirably stepped up to take a lineball in the left corner which he duly converted with the last puck to force extra-time at 0-24 to 1-21.

It would be the last time that the sides were deadlocked however as Limerick’s fresh legs from the bench saw them find an extra gear alongside Gillane and Flanagan.

A flagging Clare still refused to yield, but saw their attacking triumvirate of Tony Kelly, Shane O’Donnell and Peter Duggan all retire before the finish.

Instead Limerick substitutes Conor Boylan and David Reidy powered the holders four in front by the 86th minutes, with a late Mark Rodgers goal chance just deflected over the bar to ensure that the holders preserved their kingpin status in Munster.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane (0-10, 7f); Seamus Flanagan (0-8); Gearoid Hegarty (1-0); Tom Morrissey (0-3); Cathal O’Neill (0-2); Diarmaid Byrnes (f), Darragh O’Donovan, Declan Hannon, Conor Boylan, David Reidy, Will O’Donoghue (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: Tony Kelly (0-13, 5f, 1/sl); David Fitzgerald (0-5); Peter Duggan (0-4, 3f, 1/s/l); Ryan Taylor, (0-3); Mark Rodgers (0-2, 1f); Ian Galvin, Shane Meehan (0-1 each).

Limerick: Nickie Quaid; Barry Nash, Sean Finn, Mike Casey; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; William O’Donoghue, Darragh O’Donovan; Gearoid Hegarty, Cathal O’Neill, Tom Morrissey; Kyle Hayes, Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan
Subs: Richie English for Casey (56, inj), David Reidy for O’Neill (57), Graeme Mulcahy for O’Donovan (63), Conor Boylan for T. Morrissey (64), Oisin O’Reilly for Hegarty (87).

Clare: Eibhear Quilligan; Rory Hayes, Conor Cleary, Paul Flanagan; Diarmuid Ryan, John Conlon, David McInerney; Cathal Malone, Ryan Taylor; David Fitzgerald, Peter Duggan, Shane O’Donnell; Ian Galvin, Tony Kelly, David Reidy
Subs: Shane Meehan for Galvin (55), Robin Mounsey for Reidy (63), Cian Nolan for Flanagan (69, inj), Mark Rodgers for Ryan (70), Reidy for O’Donnell (83), Patrick Crotty for Duggan (86), Shane Golden for Kelly (87, inj).

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow).


Ticket Information

SOLD OUT – following the sale of the last remaining terrace tickets earlier today, Munster GAA can now confirm that Sunday’s Munster Hurling Final will have a sold out capacity of over 45,000 people.


Team News


GARDA PRESS RELEASE – MUNSTER HURLING FINAL 2022

The Munster Senior Hurling Final will take place at FBD Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday the 5th of June. Inspector James White, Thurles Garda Station stated:

“I want to appeal to all patrons attending these matches to be patient and allow sufficient time for their journey and to be guided by Gardai on Traffic Duty. I especially want to make the following appeal to all patrons attending the game – if you must park on the road ensure your car is turned for home, this is to ensure the minimum delay after the matches.”

N.B. PLEASE USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES SUGGESTED HEREUNDER AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR YOUR JOURNEY AS A LARGE CROWD of 45,000 IS EXPECTED.

Traffic Arrangements

1. The area in the immediate vicinity of FBD Semple Stadium will be kept completely free of parked vehicles and controlled by Garda Barriers. Entry to this area Strictly with Residents Pass

2. Match traffic is not permitted to park on footpaths in the vicinity of FBD Semple Stadium. Parking tickets will be issued to vehicles parked on footpaths or parked illegally

3. Car parks will be available on all approach routes to Thurles and we urge that they be used by all patrons on their particular route thus avoiding unnecessary delays after the match.

4. Arrive in Thurles in good time for the matches, delays can be expected on all routes to Thurles.

5. Co-operate with the car park attendants and Gardai to ensure the free flow of traffic.

6. The area in the immediate vicinity of FBD Semple Stadium will be kept completely free of parked vehicles and controlled by Garda Barriers.

7. The housing estates at the rear of FBD Semple Stadium form an EMERGENCY ROUTE from the Stadium and any vehicles not belonging to residents will be towed, without exception.

8. Please do not abandon cars on the main routes. Keep driving until you meet Gardai on duty at relevant car parks. If you must park on the road ensure your car is turned for home, this is to ensure the minimum of delay after the matches.

9. A traffic diversion programme will be in place within Thurles and all motorists are asked to be patient during its operation. Every effort will be made to ensure that motorists can transgress the town with a minimum of delay.


Limerick Supporters

Limerick supporters have an option on the following main routes:

1. Via Limerick, travel the N24 to Tipperary, the N74 to Cashel, the M8 to Exit 6 for Horse & Jockey and the N62 to Thurles.

2. Via Limerick, travel the N24 to Tipperary, the N74 to Cashel, the R639 (Old N 8) to Horse & Jockey and the N62 to Thurles.

3. Via Limerick, travel the N24 to Tipperary, the R661 to Dundrum, the R661 to Holycross and either the R659 or R661 to Thurles

4. Via Limerick or Killaloe and Birdhill travel the M7 to Nenagh and the R498 via Borrisoleigh and the Ragg to Thurles

5. Via Limerick or Killaloe and Birdhill travel the M7 to Roscrea/Templemore N62 to Thurles


Clare Supporters

Clare supporters have an option on the following main routes:

1. Via Limerick, travel the N24 to Tipperary, the N74 to Cashel, the M8 to Exit 6 for Horse & Jockey and the N62 to Thurles.

2. Via Limerick, travel the N24 to Tipperary, the N74 to Cashel, the R639 (Old N 8) to Horse & Jockey and the N62 to Thurles.

3. Via Limerick, travel the N24 to Tipperary, the R661 to Dundrum, the R661 to Holycross and either the R659 or R661 to Thurles.

4. From Ennis or Killaloe and Birdhill, and travel the R503 to Newport and via Milestone to Thurles.

5. Via Limerick or Ennis, Killaloe and Birdhill travel the M7 to Nenagh and the R498 via Borrisoleigh and the Ragg to Thurles.

6. Via Limerick or Killaloe and Birdhill travel the M7 to Roscrea/Templemore N62 to Thurles


Passes

1. Patrons in possession of passes (G.A.A. and Invalid) should display same in a prominent place on their vehicle and follow the Garda directions en route. These passes are not parking permits but allow free movement subject to Garda discretion and traffic control.

2. Thurles Gardai do not issue passes.


Illegally Parked Vehicles

Vehicles found illegally parked will be towed away to the Garda Compound and will not be released until the statutory expenses (€125) have been paid. In addition a prosecution could be instituted against the driver / owner of the vehicle concerned.


Security

The Gardai appeal to all motorists to:

1. Secure and lock their vehicles.
2. Leave no valuables on display.
3. Park in supervised car parks.
4. Pick Pockets – beware of your wallet, money and A.T.M/Credit Cards. Leave your wallet at home if possible. Do not carry large sums of cash.
5. Alcohol, Claxton Air Horns and Vuvuzelas will not be allowed into Semple Stadium.

We appeal to all concerned to make this outing a memorable day for the right reasons and to co-operate with Gardai, Stewards and encourage others to do the same.


Parking Information


Match Programme

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the 72 page souvenir match programme for Sunday’s game for 5 euro.


Match Information

They meet in the Munster final for the first time since 1995 when Clare won. Limerick are bidding to win the title for the 23rd time; Clare are seeking their seventh success.

HOW THEY REACHED THE FINAL – CLARE
Clare 3-21 Tipperary 2-16
Clare 0-28 Cork 2-20
Clare 0-24 Limerick 1-21
Clare 3-31 Waterford 2-22
Played 4, Won 3, Drew 1

Top Scorers – CLARE
Tony Kelly…………1-33 (0-19 frees),
Peter Duggan…….1-13 (0-3 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’, 0-1 s/l)
David Fitzgerald….2-9
Shane O’Donnell……0-9
Ryan Taylor…………….0-9

HOW THEY REACHED THE FINAL – LIMERICK
Limerick 2-25 Cork 1-17
Limerick 0-30 Waterford 2-21
Limerick 3-21Tipperary 0-23
Clare 0-24 Limerick 1-21
Played 4, Won 3, Drew 1.

Top Scorers – LIMERICK
Aaron Gillane……..3-22 (0-13 frees)
Diarmaid Byrnes….0-24 (0-17 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Gearoid Hegarty….0-10
Tom Morrissey……….0-8 (0-4 frees)
David Reidy…………..0-7
Cathal O’Neill………….0-7

LAST FIVE MUNSER FINAL MEETINGS
1995: Clare 1-17 Limerick 0-11
1994: Limerick 0-25 Clare 2-10
1981: Limerick 3-12 Clare 2-9
1974: Limerick 6-14 Clare 3-9
1955: Limerick 2-16 Clare 2-6

Limerick are bidding to win the Munster title for a fourth successive year, something they last achieved in 1933-36. Cork (1982-85) were the last to win the Munster four-in-a-row. They added a fifth in 1986.

Clare last won the Munster title in 1998.

This will be the 60th championship game between the counties. Limerick won 37 to Clare’s 20 with two draws, from the previous 59.

The sides met in this year’s Allianz League when it finished level (0-18 each) in Ennis in early March.

Clare manager, Brian Lohan was one of the stars in their last Munster final win over Limerick in 1995 when they took the title for the first time in 63 years.

John Kiely is in his sixth season as Limerick manager. Their championship record in that period reads: Played 28; Won 21, Drew 2, Lost 5.

Details

Date:
June 5
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue

FBD Semple Stadium Thurles

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