Kelly leveller paves way for Limerick
Limerick edged out Clare in a thrilling contest at the Gaelic Grounds after a goal by James Kelly with the last kick in stoppage time forced extra-time in which Limerick proved the stronger.
Mike Sheehan of Limerick and Podge Collins of Clare both saw red for second yellow-card offences.
Limerick played into the strong wind in the first half and were more than happy to be only a point in arrears at the interval, 0-7 to 1-3, with Jack Donovan raising the green flag.
Limerick had a confidence boost inside 30 seconds of the restart when Eoghan O'Connor kicked the opening point.
Clare then rolled off five points without reply from Killian Malone and a brace from McInerney to lead 0-12 to 1-4. However, points from O'Connor kept Limerick in the game before Kelly's intervention set Limerick up to take the win in extra-time.
Scorers -- Limerick: E O'Connor 0-7 (4f), J Donovan, J Kelly 1-1 each, S O'Carroll, D Kelly 0-1 each. Clare: C McInerney 0-6, K Malone 0-4 (3f), P Collins, P McMahon 0-2 each, D Gallery 0-1
Limerick -- B Scanlon; P Martin, M Sheehan, R O'Flaherty; P Sheehan, P Hannon, P Quinn; T McCarthy, P Horan; S O'Carroll, J Kelly, D Kelly; O O'Donnell, J Donovan, E O'Connor. Sub: A O'Sullivan for P Quinn 52
Clare -- J Joyce; J Blake, Sean Brennan, S Cormican; S Collins, L Markham, S Tierney; S Ryan, Shane Brennan; C Cormican, M Maher, P Collins; P McMahon, C McInerney, K Malone. Sub: D Gallery for Malone 63.
Ref -- C Lane, Cork.