Clare were fortunate to make a winning start to their season when a strong finish accounted for IT Tralee at Sixmilebridge.
Five minutes from time, Tralee held a three-point lead but a late surge by Clare saw them score 1-3 without reply to secure the victory.
Clare led by just two points -- 0-11 to 1-6 -- at the break and failed to score in the third quarter, by which time the students were leading 2-9 to 0-11. Clare outscored IT Tralee 0-5 to 0-1 to draw level but three points from Eoin Ryan had Tralee three clear.
Sub Caimin Morey then picked off some good points for the winners and he also scored their goal, kicking home after Tralee goalie Gary Murphy had made a save from Conor Tierney.
Scorers -- Clare: C Morey 1-5, C Ryan 0-5, C Tierney 0-3, N
O'Connell 0-2, C O'Donovan, F Lynch, D McMahon, J Conlon 0-1 each. IT Tralee: E Ryan 1-9, N Quaid 1-0, C Goode, T Downes, M Kiely, B Maxwell 0-1 each.
Clare -- K Brennan; M Earley, J McInerney, C O'Doherty; B
Donnellan, G Quinn, C Chaplin; N O'Connell, C O'Donovan; C Tierney, F Lynch, C Ryan; D Morey, D McMahon, E Hayes. Subs: J Gunning for O'Doherty, C Morey for Hayes, J O'Connor for D Morey, J Conlon for McMahon, C Dillon for Donnellan.
IT Tralee -- G Murphy; S Guilfoyle, O Gately, P Moriarty; B
Murphy, M Deegan, M Cleary; N Quaid, J Leahy; C Goode, E Ryan, T Downes; M Kiely, F Kennedy, J Riordan. Subs: K Maher for Murphy, B Maxwell for Leahy.
Ref -- C Lyons (Cork).