Limerick leave it late to beat Clare in Munster JFC clash
Limerick 1-15 Clare 3-7
Limerick snatched a dramatic and late victory over hosts Clare in the Munster JFC quarter-final played at Cusack Park, Ennis this evening.
Having lead by 1-6 to 1-4 at the break, the Shannonsiders found themselves five points in arrears by the 49th minute (3-7 to 1-8) but a strong and determined finish, yielded seven unanswered to see them safely through to the semi-final.
Goals in the opening half by Limerick’s Seamus O’Carroll and by Clare’s Paddy O’Malley from the penalty spot left just two between them at the break. Clare sub Jim Downes produced a pair of three-pointers in quick succession in the second period to put the Banner five ahead. But a resolute Limerick managed seven white flags at the end as Jimmy Barry Murphy (twice), Seamus O’Carroll on three occasions plus Killian Ryan with two sunk Clare’s aspirations at the death.
Limerick: S O Carroll (1-5), 0-1 f, J Barry Murphy (0-3)0 -2 f’s , J Mullins (0-3), K Ryan (0-2), T McCarthy. T McMahon (0-1) each.
Clare: J Downes (2-0), P O’Malley (1-4) 1-0 pen, 0-3 f’s, K Malone, M Duffy (f), C Devitt (0-1) each.
Limerick: J O’Meara, K Brosnan (Capt.), M Sheehan, B Hannigan, S Barrett, M Phelan, T McCarthy, T McMahon, D Ward, J Barry Murphy, D O’Connor, S O’Carroll, K Barry, E Hogan, J Mullins.
Subs,K Ryan for Barry (18),
Clare: K Normoyle, M Malone, J O’Dea, C Brennan, F Neylon, C O’Brien, S Malone, D O’Neill, D McDonagh, K Malone, C Devitt, M Byrne, P O’Malley, M Duffy, J Rouine.
Subs, S Lineen for Byrne (19)