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Division 1 hurling league quarter-final
Limerick v Clare, Gaelic Grounds, 4pm

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Afternoon all and welcome along to our coverage of today’s hurling league showdown at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick taking on Clare.

Here are the starting teams today:

Clare

1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)

2. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber – captain)
3. Conor Cleary (St Josephs Miltown)
4. Jack Browne (Ballyea)

5. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
6. David McInerney (Tulla)
7. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)

8. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
9. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)

18. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
11. John Conlon (Clonlara)
12. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)

13. Conor McGrath (Cratloe)
14. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)
15. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg Inis)

Limerick

1. Nicky Quaid (Effin)

2. Sean Finn (Bruff)
3. Seamus Hickey (Murroe Bohe)
4. Richie English (Doon)

5. Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
6. Declan Hannon (Adare – captain)
7. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)

8. Paul Browne (Bruff)
9. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)

10. Gearoid Hegarty (St. Patrick’s)
11. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)

13. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
14. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)
15. Barry Murphy (Doon)

Galway’s Alan Kelly is the referee for this one.

Game on at the Gaelic Grounds.

Clare 0-2 Limerick 0-0
Clare straight out of the blocks with Conor McGrath and Tony Kelly knocking over points.

4Mins

Clare 0-3 Limerick 0-0
Colm Galvin off the mark and now Clare are three to the good.

4Mins

Aaron Gillane strikes his first free of the day wide for Limerick.

5Mins

Clare 0-4 Limerick 0-1
Cian Lynch hits over Limerick’s first point but Peter Duggan replies with a converted free for Clare.

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6Mins

Clare 0-4 Limerick 0-2
Instant response by Limerick courtesy of Tom Morrissey.

8Mins

Clare 0-5 Limerick 0-2
Three points between them again as Tony Kelly points.

10Mins

Clare 0-6 Limerick 0-2
David Reidy lofts over a fine point as Clare surge clear by four.

14Mins

Yellow card for Clare’s Jack Browne, still four between them.

15Mins

Clare 0-8 Limerick 0-2
Then Peter Duggan pushes Clare clear by six points with a pair of converted frees.

20Mins

Clare 0-9 Limerick 0-2
A seven-point gap as Duggan nails another free.

20Mins

Yellow card for Limerick’s Diarmuid Byrne for a foul on John Conlon.

23Mins

Clare 0-11 Limerick 1-2
Was about to remark on the one-way traffic taking place as Duggan from a ’65 and David Fitzgerald from play increased Clare’s lead and then Limerick received the boost they badly needed. Aaron Gillane got clear, shrugged off the cover and booted the ball to the Clare net.

26Mins

Clare 0-12 Limerick 1-4
And Limerick eat into Clare’s lead a bit more. Gillane knocking over two frees. Tony Kelly counters by popping over a point for Clare.

29Mins

Clare 0-12 Limerick 1-5
Paul Browne with Limerick’s latest point, margin down to four now.

31Mins

Clare 0-13 Limerick 1-5
And Duggan on the mark again with another free that increases Clare’s lead.

33Mins

Clare 0-13 Limerick 1-7
Limerick will be really happy with that to be only three points adrift. Gearoid Hegarty from play and a free from Gillane cuts the deficit they face.

36Mins

Late scores to conclude the half courtesy of Duggan from a ’65 for Clare and Gillane with a free for Limerick. Just three in it at the break and Limerick will be much the happier with that on the back of a strong second quarter display.

39Mins

Here’s the first-half scorers for Clare:

Peter Duggan 0-7 (0-5f, 0-2 ’65), Tony Kelly 0-3, Conor McGrath, David Reidy, David Fitzgerald, Colm Galvin 0-1 each.

And here’s the scorers for Limerick:

Aaron Gillane 1-4 (0-4f), Cian Lynch, Tom Morrissey, Gearoid Hegarty, Paul Browne 0-1 each.

36Mins

Second-half action under way.

37Mins

Clare 0-14 Limerick 1-9
Gillane gets Limerick off the mark in the second half with a pointed free.

40Mins

Clare 0-15 Limerick 1-9
Tony Kelly floats over a point to put Clare three clear again.

42Mins

Clare 0-15 Limerick 1-10
A Gillane free and the gap is back to two.

48Mins

Clare 0-16 Limerick 1-11
Inspirational run by Gearoid Hegarty sees him win a free and Gilliane obliges with the point. Tony Kelly replies for Clare.

49Mins

Clare 0-17 Limerick 1-11
Duggan nails a free and Limerick are now three adrift of Clare again.

49Mins

Sub: Colin Ryan replaces Paul Browne on the Limerick team.

52Mins

Clare 0-17 Limerick 1-13
And Colin Ryan makes a massive impact by contributing a pair of points for Limerick in quick succession.

53Mins

Sub: Ian Galvin on for Clare instead of his brother Colm.

53Mins

Clare 0-18 Limerick 1-13
Two in it again, David Reidy on target for Clare.

54Mins

Goal for Limerick from Aaron Gillane!

55Mins

Limerick 2-13 Clare 0-18
The home side hit the front! It’s really clever team play. Tom Morrissey gathers a loose Clare clearance around midfield and spots Seamus Flanagan unattended to in attack. He finds him and then Flanagan draws the defender before spraying the ball across to Gillane. The Patrickswell man quickly gathers and strikes to the net as Donal Tuohy races out to challenge him.

59Mins

Limerick 2-13 Clare 0-19
Level once more as Peter Duggan points for Clare from a free. Conor McGrath off for Clare, Cathal McInerney on.

59Mins

Limerick 2-14 Clare 0-19
Seamus Flanagan blasts over a point for Limerick as they go in front.

60Mins

Limerick 2-14 Clare 0-20
Marvellous point by Peter Duggan for Clare from a long-range free.

61Mins

Limerick 2-15 Clare 0-21
Duggan from play and Hegarty from play swap points.

62Mins

Goal for Limerick from Pat Ryan!

63Mins

Limerick 3-15 Clare 0-21
Now that could be a crucial score as Limerick fire home a third goal. Substitute Pat Ryan billowing the net.

64Mins

Subs: Jason McCarthy on for Clare for David Reidy.

68Mins

Limerick 3-15 Clare 0-23
The Banner are still in this! Peter Duggan knocks over a free and then is on target from play.

68Mins

Sub: Podge Collins replaces Cathal Malone on the Clare team.

70Mins

Clare 0-24 Limerick 3-15
Duggan again, this time from a free, and they’re level!

71Mins

Clare 0-25 Limerick 3-15
And a 15th point of the day from Peter Duggan puts Clare in front!

72Mins

Clare 0-25 Limerick 3-16
And the teams are level again, Gearoid Hegarty slotting over a point. One minute of injury time left.

72Mins

Free for Clare, Ian Galvin fouled in midfield.

72Mins

Duggan is about 75 yards out, centre of the goal.

72Mins

Drops short and Limerick clear.

72Mins

Full-Time: Limerick 3-16 Clare 0-25

74Mins

Correction at the end there, we had Gearoid Hegarty down for the equalising point, it was Colin Ryan who nailed it.

71Mins

We’re set for extra-time to commence at the Gaelic Grounds.

72Mins

Limerick 3-17 Clare 0-25
And Gillane points a free to get the scoring under way in extra-time.

74Mins

Limerick 3-17 Clare 0-26
Duggan converts a free for Clare to bring them level.

76Mins

Limerick 3-18 Clare 0-26
The standard of marksmanship in this game has been superb. Gillane lofts over another free from distance.

76Mins

Limerick 3-18 Clare 0-27
And all square once more thanks to Clare’s Tony Kelly.

79Mins

Clare 0-28 Limerick 3-18
Clare hit the front with John Conlon on target off his left.

79Mins

Sub: Richie McCarthy in for Limerick for the injured Seamus Hickey.

81Mins

Second-half of extra-time action under way.

83Mins

Gillane off target from a ’65 as Limerick strive to level the match.

83Mins

Scores likely to be at a premium now after an energy-sapping encounter for both sides.

83Mins

And Clare win a free as Shane O’Donnell is fouled.

83Mins

Clare 0-29 Limerick 3-18
Duggan makes no mistake and that’s a valuable two-point advantage now for Clare.

84Mins

Long-range effort from Diarmaid Byrnes drops just short and Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy can clear.

84Mins

Yellow card for Cian Lynch for a challenge on Tony Kelly.

85Mins

Clare 0-30 Limerick 3-18
And Duggan slots over the free after that foul on Kelly. 0-18 now for the Clooney-Quin man!

85Mins

Oisin O’Reilly and Barry O’Connell in as late Limerick subs.

85Mins

Gearoid Hegarty and Seamus Flanagan have gone off.

87Mins

A free driven wide from distance by Diarmaid Byrnes for Limerick.

88Mins

The wides have racked up for Limerick, 20 so far today.

88Mins

Conlon shoots for goal but Nickie Quaid saves smartly for Limerick.

89Mins

Yellow card for Clare’s Podge Collins. Ryan Taylor in for Clare for Ian Galvin.

89Mins

Gillane blasts a free in from 30 yards out, tipped away for a ’65.

89Mins

’65 dropped short by Limerick but Clare clear.

89Mins

So close to a Limerick goal, Colin Ryan is denied on the line!

89Mins

20 yard free in for Limerick.

91Mins

We’re deep into injury time.

91Mins

Byrnes will take it for Limerick.

92Mins

So two more periods of extra-time, five minutes apiece.

94Mins

Full-Time after extra-time: Limerick 4-18 Clare 0-30

90Mins

So we’re set for more extra-time.

91Mins

Clare 0-31 Limerick 4-18
And as the floodlights come on, Shane O’Donnell shoots over the opening point of this phase of extra-time.

91Mins

Clare 0-31 Limerick 4-19
And Gillane knocks over a free in response for Limerick.

94Mins

Clare 0-32 Limerick 4-19
A Duggan pointed free restores Clare’s advantage.

95Mins

Limerick 4-20 Clare 0-32
All square again thanks to Diarmaid Byrnes firing over a free.

96Mins

Second-half of this period of extra-time is under way.

97Mins

Tony Kelly off for Clare, Mikey O’Malley is on.

98Mins

Clare 0-33 Limerick 4-20
John Conlon puts Clare ahead!

98Mins

Niall Deasy in for Clare for Podge Collins.

99Mins

Free in for Limerick!

100Mins

Limerick 4-21 Clare 0-33
Gillane levels it!

Flag 100Mins

Result: Limerick 4-21 Clare 0-33 – free taking competition to decide this!

102Mins

So both teams will get five frees from the 65-yard line. This is going to be really exciting.

103Mins

It’s been an epic clash so far.

104Mins

Colin Ryan, Tom Morrissey, David Reidy, Aaron Gillane and Diarmaid Byrnes the five free takers for Limerick.

104Mins

Clare have Peter Duggan, David Reidy, Jamie Shanahan, Niall Deasy and Ian Galvin lining these up.

104Mins

First up is Peter Duggan for Clare.

And he points it.

Gillane to hit one for Limerick and he converts it.

Clare 0-1 Limerick 0-1

Next up Niall Deasy, a late sub on for Clare.

Clare 0-2 Limerick 0-1
And he scores it.

Limerick 0-2 Clare 0-2
Colin Ryan points for Limerick, all square again.

David Reidy to strike for Clare.

And he’s on target.

Clare 0-3 Limerick 0-2

Clare 0-3 Limerick 0-3
And Byrnes scores for Limerick to bring them level.

Clare 0-4 Limerick 0-3
Ian Galvin points to put Clare ahead.

Clare 0-4 Limerick 0-4
And Limerick’s David Reidy is on target.

Clare 0-5 Limerick 0-4
And Jamie Shanahan points for Clare.

Clare 0-5 Limerick 0-5
Tom Morrissey points for Limerick.

And we’re going to sudden death.

Clare 0-6 Limerick 0-5
And Duggan converts his in sudden death.

Clare 0-6 Limerick 0-6
And Gillane scores for Limerick.

And Niall Deasy misses for Clare!

Chance for Colin Ryan to win it for Limerick.

And Colin Ryan scores it!

Flag

Limerick through to hurling league semi-finals after free-taking shootout win over Clare!

A quite epic encounter finally concludes and it’s Limerick through to the league semi-finals.

That’s all from us, thanks for joining in.

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Fintan O'Toole

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