Sport Hurling

Thursday 23 March 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

John Conlon (Clare)

Always an option as a ball-winner, he hit four points from play and played the final pass for Conor McGrath's goal.

Turning point

Declan Hannon's 54th-minute goal when Clare were ahead by four points.

Talking point

Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy's unfortunate own-goal. Scrambling back to stop a speculative shot he'd dropped going over the line, he picked the ball in haste and fumbled into the net.

Ref watch

Limerick disputed many of James McGrath's calls in the opening half, but he let the play flow as much as he could in a hard, physical match.

What they said

Donal O'Grady

(Limerick manager):

"Although some of these lads have been there for years, there's a new generation of hurlers in Limerick. And when you're in a final you want to win it."

Ger O'Loughlin

(Clare manager):

"Four points up late in the second half, we conceded a goal at a vital time. In fairness to Limerick they took advantage of that."

Match statistics

Wides: Limerick 8 (2); Clare 11 (8)

Frees: Limerick: 11 (7); Clare 9 (4)

Yellow cards: Limerick 1 (D Reale); Clare 4 (C Cooney, P Donnellan, F Lynch, C Morey).

Attendance: 9,800

What next?

Limerick play Waterford in the Munster semi-final on June 12. Clare play Cork or Tipperary in their semi-final on June 19.

Irish Independent

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