Clare win with 19 points to spare against Carlow
Clare eased into tomorrow morning's qualifier draw with a facile 4-26 to 2-13 victory over Carlow at Dr Cullen Park.
Carlow came here on the back of their first qualifier victory in nine years but a repeat of that success was never on the card today.
Clare led by 2-15 to 1-6 at the break after 35 minutes to forget for the Carlow footballers.
Podge Collins, who won't be playing championship hurling again this year, was a constant threat as were the rest of his forward department and they hit six unanswered point between the ninth and 21st minutes to take control.
Ciaran Moran's goal for the hosts got them back to within three points but that was as close as they got as Clare hit 1-3 in quick succession with Rory Donnelly grabbing the goal.
It could have been worse for Anthony Rainbow's charges but Andy O'Brien produced a terrific save from Shane Brennan's penalty.
Clare did grab a second goal before the interval through Brennan and they led by12 points.
Podge Collins was next to grab a goal for Clare as the game lost all shape and scores began to rain in.
David Bambrick grabbed a goal for Carlow with Podge McMahon scoring a fourth for the Banner as they ran out winners by double scores.