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