Saturday 16 December 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Ian Ryan (Limerick)

It may seem churlish not to pick a Clare player, but three of them tried, and failed, to shackle Ryan, whose 0-10 tally (eight in the second half) pulled back a nine-point deficit and gave Limerick the lead.

Turning point

There were many, but when Limerick finally took the lead, Clare midfielder Gary Brennan won the next kick-out, the crowd got behind the Banner and David Tubridy quickly equalised to drive them on again.

Talking point

How Clare let such a whopping lead slip and how Limerick allowed them to build it up in the first place as the home side's defence repeatedly parted like the Red Sea.

Magic moment

The final whistle. Clare's players leapt in the air and piled on top of each other, and the post-match celebrations evoked memories of their Munster final victory in 1992 at the same ground.

Ref watch

Derek Fahy plays good advantage and there were only 10 first-half frees (four to Clare), but sometimes he appeared to overlook blatant fouls, while being particularly strict about handpasses.

What they said

Micheal McDermott (Clare manager): "With four or five minutes I thought it would end up a draw, I never thought it was gone."

Maurice Horan (Limerick manager):

"They wanted it more. They horsed us out of the way and broke the tackles. All we had talked out we just didn't do. I don't know why."

Match Statistics

Wides: Clare 7 (4 in first half); Limerick 10 (7)

Frees: Clare 11 (4); Limerick 15 (6)

Yellow cards: Clare 1 (McMahon 39); Limerick 0

Attendance: 4, 446

What next?

Clare play Cork in the Munster final on July 8; Limerick go into the second round of the qualifiers on July 14.

Irish Independent

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