Wednesday 23 August 2017

Cooney adds extra class

Munster MHC semi-final: Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-17

EVAN SHEEHAN salvaged a draw for Cork with a goal from a 20-metre free in the third minute of stoppage-time
EVAN SHEEHAN salvaged a draw for Cork with a goal from a 20-metre free in the third minute of stoppage-time

The 3,697 at Cusack Park got full value for money as Clare defied a wide count of 22 to edge past Limerick after extra-time.

The Banner hit the final three points of the game, through Tiernan Agnew and Gary Cooney (2).

Paul O'Brien fired Limerick into a four-point lead but Clare fought back to draw level at 0-7 apiece by the break.

Clare edged 0-14 to 0-11 ahead with five minutes to go, but Paul O'Brien landed a last-gasp long-range free to send the tie to extra-time.

It was 0-16 apiece after the first period.

Scorers - Clare: T Agnew 0-10 (7fs, 1 '65'), G Cooney 0-4, A McCarthy, D Ryan, K White, B Horner, G Cahill 0-1 each. Limerick: P O'Brien 0-9 (5fs), D Wolfe 0-4, D Minehan, R Connolly, D O'Shea, M O'Brien 0-1 each.

Clare - E Foudy, S Crowley, R Hayes, B Higgins, D Ryan, C Minogue, A McCarthy, K White, L Brack, T Agnew , R Considine, E Fitzgerald, P Corry, G Cooney, B Horner. Subs: C Tierney for Corry (h/t), C Haugh for Considine (43), G Cahill for Fitzgerald (48), C McInerney for Crowley (52), E Wallace for Ryan (57).

Limerick - D Heffernan, C Flahive, C Nicholas, C Barry, M O'Brien, J Boylan, K Bonar, D Minehan, M O'Grady, P O'Riordan, P O'Brien, D Woulfe, D O'Shea, R Connolly, G Barry. Subs: B O'Grady for O'Riordan (h/t), R Tobin for Barry (37), R Duff for o'Grady (49).

Ref - P Kelly (Tipperary)

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