Tubridy hits Treatymen for six
Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11
When these sides met in this competition last season Limerick staged a super second half on their way to a double-scores win.
But it was quite the opposite at Newcastle West yesterday as the visitors led all the way against a Limerick side who found scoring difficult.
Clare set the tone with points by David Tubridy, a free and one from play, and another by Shane McGrath inside six minutes.
Limerick managed only one point from play, by Seanie Buckley, in the first half as Clare built up a 0-9 to 0-3 lead with David Tubridy getting six of their scores, three from frees.
Once Eoin Cleary, Shane McGrath and Tubridy had the opening points of the second half, the outcome was clear.
Limerick's cause was not helped when Tom Lee was shown a black card after 39 minutes and was replaced by Pa Ranahan.
In the final quarter, Limerick managed four points to bring the score to 0-14 to 0-8 but a goal by Gary Brennan ensured there would be no late drama.
Scorers - Clare: D Tubridy 0-6 (3f); S McGrath 0-4; G Brennan 1-0; S Collins, E Cleary 0-2 each. Limerick: I Ryan 0-5 (5f); S McSweeney 0-2; B Scanlon ('45'), S Buckley, D Neville, S Cahill 0-1 each.
Clare: J Hayes 5; C O'Dea 6, K Hartnett 6, M McMahon 5; J Malone 5, G Kelly 6, P Lillis 6; G Brennan7, P Burke 6; S Collins 7, E Coughlan 6, S McGrath 7; S Malone 6, E Cleary 6, D Tubridy 8. Subs: K Sexton 6 and D Ryan 6 for Burke and S Malone (both 46), S O'Donoughue 5 for Tubridy (61), S Haugh 5 for Coughlan (53), G Kelly for Collins (69).
Limerick - B Scanlon 5; J McCarthy 6, P Browne 6, S O'Dea 5; M O'Donovan 5, I Corbett 5, B Fanning 5; T Lee 5, S Buckley 6; C Sheehan 5, D Tracey 5, D Neville 5; I Ryan 6, B O'Donovan 5, P Nash 5. Subs: S Cahill 5for Fanning (26), S McSweeney 7 for B O'Donovan (34), G Hegarty 5 for Shehan (h-t), P Ranahan 5 for Lee (BC 39), P White 5 for Nash (54).
Ref - J Hickey, Carlow.