Malone on song as Banner blow Limerick away
Munster MFC: Clare 2-11 Limerick 0-5
Munster MFC Clare booked a semi-final spot against Tipperary on May 13 after disposing of neighbours Limerick in the Munster championship play-off game at Cusack Park, Ennis, last night.
The winning margin of 12 points was no more than they deserved as Limerick were poor on the night. The home-side were first to draw blood with a Sean Malone point early on and as the half progressed, it was evident that he was The Banner's main man.
By half-time, Clare lead by 1-7 to 0-3, with the diminutive corner-forward recording 1-2 of that tally. Limerick opened their account in the 12 minute from a Mikey Morrissey pointed free. This score inspired the Shannonsiders to take a 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the 19th minute, but their ascendency was short-lived.
A goal from Malone in the 23rd minuted kick-started an impressive 1-5 to no reply by half-time and put the hosts firmly in pole position, despite playing against a strong breeze. Clare grabbed the second-half's first two scores through Keelan Sexton as the Banner looked to maintain their dominance.
A goal by sub Conor Lynch in the 44th minute effectively ended the game as a contest with Limerick struggling to make any impression on the scoreboard. Two points by substitue Adam Storan was all they could produce in the second period.
Scorers - Clare: S Malone 1-3, K Sexton 0-5 (3f), C Lynch 1-0, C Pyne, C Hehir, C Brennan 0-1 each. Limerick: M Morrissey 0-2 (2fs), A Storan 0-2, E Sheehy 0-1. Clare - K Roche, K Killeen, C Pyne, C O'Halloran, L Devitt, P Lillis, C Hehir, D Bohannon, S O'Donoghue, A Sweeney, N Murray, K Sexton (C), P McNamara, C Brennan, S Malone.
Subs: C Murray for McNamara (17, inj), C Lynch for O'Donoghue (33, injy), N McCarthy for Lillis (37), M Nugent for N Murray (46), J Morrissey for Sweeney (50), C Downes for Hehir (59).
Limerick - A Murphy, D Hanley, L O'Connell, F Murphy, J Wallace, S Ivess, S Murphy, A Kerins, M Whelan C McSweeney, M Morrissey (C), E Sheehy, D Kelly, M Connolly, J Ryan. Subs: P Maher for Hanley (ht), A Storan for Ryan (37), C Stephenson for Whelan (46), R Hayes for C McSweeney (52), D Corrigan for Connolly (55), A White for Morrissey (55). Ref - S Mulvihill (Kerry)