Reidy shoots lights out for ruthless Treaty
Limerick 1-27 Clare 1-19, Munster SHL
Limerick manager John Kiely lauded the impact of his younger players as they eased past Clare to reach a Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League final against Cork.
David Reidy blasted 1-12 for Limerick, while Tom Morrissey and Adrian Breen helped themselves to four points each from open play. New faces Ronan Connolly and Darren O'Connell also impressed.
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Clare were outclassed for most of the game, but a bright second quarter saved Brian Lohan's side from a heavier defeat. A late goal from Aron Shanagher gave the 3,312 in attendance in Sixmilebridge something to shout about, but they were well beaten.
"I'm very happy with the younger lads, they have made a great impression since coming in," said Kiely. "They've given me plenty of cause for optimism."
Limerick led 0-9 to 0-1 after 16 minutes. Breen and Reidy pointed the way, while their backs were dominant against sluggish Clare.
Tom Morrissey was a late call-up and he impressed at centre-forward, while his brother Dan anchored the half-back line well with Barry Nash and Paddy O'Loughlin excelling either side of him.
Clare fought back, with Niall Deasy adding frees, while two Diarmuid Ryan efforts mean they only trailed by 0-13 to 0-9 at half-time.
Limerick kicked on in the second half, with Reidy and Connolly to the fore, while Tom Morrissey kept them ahead with a couple of good scores before Reidy's goal sealed it.
"We just didn't start well, we didn't get out of the blocks," said Clare manager Brian Lohan.
Scorers - Limerick: D Reidy 1-12 (9f, 1'65); A Breen, T Morrissey 0-4 each; R Connolly, J Considine 0-2 each; D O'Donovan, D O'Connell, R Hanley 0-1 each. Clare: N Deasy 0-11 (8f, 2'65); A Shanagher 1-1; D Ryan 0-2; S O'Halloran, M O'Neill, T Kelly, C Guilfoyle, L Corry 0-1 each.
Limerick - B Hennessy; T Condon, M Casey, A Costello; B Nash, D Morrissey, P O'Loughlin; R Connolly, R Hanley; D O'Donovan, T Morrissey, C Boylan; A Breen, D Reidy, D O'Connell. Subs: J Considine for Hanley (53), D Dempsey for Boylan (55), G Mulcahy for O'Connell (55), B O'Grady for Condon (61), B Ryan for Reidy (65).
Clare - E Quilligan; P Fitzpatrick, C Cleary, A McCarthy; M O'Malley, J Browne, S O'Halloran; T Kelly, S Golden; A Shanagher, R Taylor, D Ryan; M O'Neill, N Deasy, C Guilfoyle. Subs: D McMahon for Ryan (43), S McMahon for O'Neill (43), G Cooney for Taylor (54), L Corry for O'Malley (58).