McGann punishes wasteful Limerick
Clare 0-9 Limerick 1-5
Published 14/04/2016 | 02:30
Clare beat Limerick for the third season in a row at Miltown Malbay to set up a semi-final clash with Kerry.
Playing with a strong wind in the opening half the Banner led by 0-6 to 1-1 at the break. They raced into a 0-4 to no score lead, playing an attractive brand of passing football.
But Limerick came back into it in the 24th minute with a goal as James Ryan pounced on a rebound.
After half-time Limerick re-emerged with a pep in their step. Eoin O'Mahony grabbed a point inside a minute but that score aside, their shooting was poor.
Five wides in a nine-minute period told a story. Twelve second-half wides in all proved their undoing.
Midway through the half O'Mahony and Adam Storan produced scores to put Limerick in front, 1-4 to 0-6. But Clare soon regained the lead through Pádraig Kelly and Dermot Coughlan.
When Limerick's Conor O'Grady equalised close to the end, extra-time seemed likely. But Clare full-forward Joseph McGann had other ideas and when he split the posts with two minutes on the clock he booked a semi-final slot.
Scorers - Clare: J McGann, P Kelly (3fs) 0-3 each, D Coughlan 0-2, S Rouine 0-1. Limerick: James Ryan 1-0, E O'Mahony 0-2, C O'Grady (f), A Storan A Kearns 0-1 each.
Clare - M Lillis, P Collins, J Culligan, D O'Loughlin, C Flaherty, A Shannon, R Danaher, D Bohannon, P Kelly, R O'Doherty, C O'Donoghue, D Coughlan, S Rouine, J McGann, G Cooney.
Subs: T Hannon for Shannon(B/C) (39), D Griffin for Bohannon (46), C Lynch for O'Doherty (65), D Meade for Cooney (70)
Limerick - A Murphy, G Brennan, F Murphy, D Enright, S Hurley, A Kearns, O Collins, Josh Ryan, D Kelly (Capt.), E O'Mahoney, C McSweeney, N Callinan, A Barrett, A Storan, James Ryan.
Subs: C O'Grady for Callinan (29), S Ryan for Barrett (53), E Carew for Collins (56). D Ranaghan for James Ryan (70).
Ref - D Murnane (Cork)