Thursday 19 April 2018

Clare come out on top in Munster Minor hurling championship

Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-17

Clare win a tight battle in Ennis
Clare win a tight battle in Ennis

Gerry Quinn

Those in the attendance of 3,697 at Cusack Park, Ennis last evening got full value for money as Clare had to go into extra time to defeat Limerick in the semi-final of the Munster Minor hurling championship.

Though the home side hit twenty-two wides over the course of the whole game, they came out victorious at the end of a nail-biting tie.

The spoils were even at seven points apiece as referee Philip Kelly blew the half-time whistle on exactly the half-hour.

Limerick were better to settle early on and were four points to nil ahead by the twelfth minute- all scores coming from centre-forward Paul O’Brien, but Clare drew level by the twenty second when Tiernan Agnew landed a ’65.

In the second half the tightness of the contest continued. With five minutes remaining Clare opened up a three point advantage (0-14 to 0-11), but the Shannonsiders put in a storming finish with points from play by Mikey O’Brien, and Paul O’Brien and at the death Paul O’Brien landed a long range free to send the tie to extra time.

The first period saw the sides level again at sixteen points apiece with David Woulfe and Paul O’Brien adding points for the visitors while Clare relied on scores from sub Gearoid Cahill and wing back Aidan McCarthy.

After the break, Limerick forged ahead with a pointed sixty-five by O’Brien but Clare got on top and scores by Agnew and a pair of points by full forward Gary Cooney broke Limerick in the end.

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