Clare 2-7 Limerick 0-10
Senior hurler Cathal McInerney gave a five-star performance when helping his county U-21 footballers to victory over wasteful Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds last night.
They reversed last year's extra-time defeat thanks mainly to two goals by McInerney, one in each half.
Limerick finished with 14 players when Ian Corbett was shown a straight red near the end for a clumsy tackle as his side stormed the Clare goal in an effort to force extra-time.
Limerick had the first point inside the opening 60 seconds, but it was 0-3 apiece after 13 minutes and then came the superbly taken Clare goal scored by McInerney .
McInery followed with a point and wing back Stephen Tierney moved upfield for his second point of the half to increase the lead to 1-5 to 0-3. Eoghan O'Connor and James Lee had Limerick points to leave a goal between them at the break. But McInerney's second goal after 52 minutes decided the outcome.
Scorers -- Clare: C McInerney 2-1, S Tierney 0-3, D O'Neill 0-2 (1f), E Finucane 0-1. Limerick: E O'Connor 0-5 (1f), D O'Connor
0-2, I Corbett, F O'Riordan, J Lee 0-1 each.
Clare -- W De Loughrey; E Ralph, E Malone, M O'Connor; S Maloney, S Collins, S Tierney; K O'Connor, C Ryan; D O'Neill, P Collins, S Brennan; E Finucane, c McInerney, S O'Driscoll. Subs: M O'Shea for O'Driscoll, M Malone for K O'Connor, R Linnane for Finucane, J looney for Ralph.
Limerick -- J Brouder; A Morrissey, A O'Sullivan, C McLoughlin; J O'Meara, T McCarthy, S Sheahan; D Treacy, I Corbett; D O'Connor, E O'Connor, F O'Riordan; D O'Dea, J Donovan, J Lee. Subs: J lane for O'Dea, D Bonfil for Donovan, P Quinn for Treacy, T Quilligan for Lee.
Ref -- D O'Mahony (Tipperary).