Limerick beat Clare at Cusack Park, Ennis last night with the help of a Cormac Joyce-Power goal.
The game looked over at half time as the Shannonsiders led 1-7 to 0-1. Clare did stage a comeback in the second half with the help of the wind, but it wasn't enough.
Limerick captain Paraic McEnery opened the first half scoring. Bobby O'Brien, Eoghan O'Connor, Joyce-Power and Shane Garry all pitched in with points, and Joyce-Power followed with the all-important goal.
Clare showed good spirit to fight back in the second half after McEnery had a penalty saved. Cathal McInerney handed the Banner men a lifeline with a converted penalty and they came to within three points of Limerick. But in the end it wasn't enough.
SCORERS - Limerick : C Joyce-Power 1-2, P McEnery 0-3 (2 45s), S Garry 0-2, B O'Brien, E O'Connor 0-1 each. Clare: C McInerney 1-3 (1-0 pen 0-2 fs), S Crotty, J Curtin 0-1 each.
Limerick: D O'Sullivan; T Barrett, P Begley, A Morrissey; M Sheehan, A O'Sullivan, J Browne; B O'Brien, C Joyce-Power; S Carroll, E O'Connor, D Bonfil; E McEnery, S Garry, P McEnery (Capt.) . Subs: C Ryan for Bonfil (51), S Flavin for Carroll (53), M Cussen for Garry (56)
Clare: J Joyce; S Cormican, D Ryan, E Hanrahan; L Markham (Capt.), M Malone, D Gallery; C Ryan, D Nagle; P Looney, M O'Donoghue, P McMahon; C McInerney, S Crotty, J Curtin.
Subs: E Malone for Ryan (37), F Hayes for McMahon (51).
REF: M Condon (Waterford).
TIPPERARY cruised to a facile victory over Waterford at Fraher Field, Dungarvan last night.
Tipp took a decisive lead after just four minutes when Gavin Ryan found the net after the 'keeper fumbled. Conor Sweeney added another just before the break to give Tipp a 2-2 to 0-5 half-time lead, despite playing into a strong wind.
Tipperary goaled again six minutes into the second half through a Sweeney penalty to end any hopes of a Waterford comeback. The home side does deserve credit for attempting to make a game of it but Tipp held out for the win.
Scorers -- Tipperary: C Sweeney 2-2, G Ryan 1-1, M O'Dwyer 0-2, D.McGrath, A Moloney, D Bourke, L Treacy 0-1. Waterford: S Corcoran 0-4, N Walsh 0-2, K Murphy,C Moloney 0-1 each.
Tipperary -- J English; D Heffernan, K O'Riordan, C Walsh; B O'Hara, R Kiely, P Acheson; D Lowry, A Moloney; P Horan, G Ryan, M Hickey; C Sweeney, D McGrath, M O'Dwyer. Subs: D Bourke for Hickey; T Hanley for Horan; S Boland for Ryan; E Kendrick for Lowry; L Treacy for Sweeney.
Waterford -- D Kirwan; C Buckley, A Seward, A McGrath; J McGrath, N Walsh, T O'hUallachain; S Ahearne, S Leahy; G Guiry, D Phelan, N Skehan; S Corcoran, C Moloney, K Murphy. Subs: P Crowley for N Walsh; N. Walsh for Guiry; M O'Halloran for Skehan; D Mulcahy for Phelan.
Ref -- R Moloney, (Limerick).