Clare put in an impressive second-half performance to see off University College Cork at Cooraclare yesterday.
A little ring rusty in the opening half, the Banner boys upped the ante considerably in the second and outscored their opponents by eight points to two.
UCC were reliant in the main on free-taker Daithi Casey for scores.
The Kerry native landed eight of their 11-point first-half tally and he added another after the break, before being surprisingly replaced 14 minutes into the second period.
At the break the students led by 0-11 to 1-5, with big full-forward Timmy Ryan striking Clare's goal in the 17th minute, after he was set up by Rory Donnelly.
The students failed to build on their first-half showing, however, as Clare significantly upped their performance after the restart -- a point from Diarmuid Daly levelled the scores in the 56th minute.
Alan Clohessy then gave them the lead for the first time before a Mark Collins score for the Cork college levelled matters once more on 59 minutes.
But it was to be UCC's last score, as Clare forged ahead and clinched victory with scores by Clohessy once more and a brace of points by midfielder Gary Brennan.
The winners now face an away quarter-final against Cork Institute of Technology on Sunday.
Scorers -- Clare: A Clohessy 0-7 (0-4 f), T Ryan 1-1, G Brennan 0-2 (0-1f), D O'Brien, R Donnelly, D Daly 0-1 each. UCC: D Casey 0-9f, M Collins 0-2, K O'Driscoll, P Honohan 0-1 each.
Clare -- Joe Hayes; N White, Healy, Gordon Kelly (capt); M McMahon, S McNeilis, Graham Kelly; G Brennan, C Ryan; C O'Connor,D O'Brien, D Daly; R Donnelly, T Ryan, A Clohessy.
Subs: John Hayes for Graham Kelly (43), M Foran for O'Brien (45), E Lyons for Donnelly (59), D O'Neill for Ryan (62).
UCC -- D Farry; D Og O Donovan, E O'Mahon,L Jennings; P Crowley, A Greany (capt), M Daly; J Buckley, K O'Driscoll; M Collins, D Casey, JB Spillane; P Honohan, S Hannifin, S O'Brien. Subs: M Griffin for Casey (49), P Galvin for O'Donovan (55), S Beston for Hannafin (60).
Ref -- P O'Sullivan (Kerry)