Brennan's strike crucial
Clare 1-7 Longford 0-8
Clare made Longford pay for some woeful shooting at Cusack Park, where the visitors shot 16 wides.
Clare only managed a solitary second-half score after leading 1-6 to 0-4 at the break. They were 0-2 to 0-0 up by the fourth minute. Longford had to wait until the 11th minute for their opening score, a Sean McCormack free. The game's only goal arrived in injury-time from Gary Brennan.
In the second period Longford were first to score, a McCormack free. Clare replied with a similar score by David Tubridy.
The Leinster side added three further points before the end but Clare held out, despite losing Alan Clohessy to a second yellow card.
Man of Match: G Brennan (Clare)
Scorers -- Clare: D Tubridy 0-6 (4f), G Brennan 1-1 (0-1f). Longford: S McCormack 0-6 (3f), N Mulligan, F McGee 0-1 each.
Clare -- Joe Hayes 7, B Duggan 7, L Healy 7, M McMahon 8, K Hartnett 8, G Kelly 9, S McNeilis 6, C O'Connor 7, G Brennan 9, M Tubridy 6, John Hayes 7, M Foran 5, A Clohessy 7, N Browne 6, D Tubridy 8. Subs: S Brennan for O'Connor (inj, 18), E Lyons for Foran (34), D O'Neill for Lyons (48), D Blake for Hayes (56), D O'Connor for Tubridy (64).
Longford -- D Sheridan 7, D Brady 7, B Gilleran 7, D Reilly 7, S Mulligan 8, D Masterson 7, N Farrell 7, M Brady 6, B McElvanney 6, D Barden 7, P Barden 7, N Mulligan 7, D McElligott 7, P Dowd 6, S McCormack 8. Subs: B Kavanagh for Dowd (34), F McGee for Mulligan (43), K Diffley for McElvanney (inj, 56), P Foy for Masterson (58), K Mulligan for McElligott (69).
Ref -- L Devaney (Mayo).