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Glory for Limerick then as they win their first Munster title since 2011 while Clare’s glorious run in Munster at this level comes to an end. That’s all from us, thanks for joining in this evening.

Full-Time: Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19

Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19
Kelliher points after being set up by Cian Lynch.

Sub: David Condron on for David Dempsey for Limerick.

Sub: Limerick bring in Jack Kelliher for Tom Morrissey.

Limerick 0-21 Clare 0-19
61 mins
– Michael O’Malley fires over a point for Clare, half a goal chance there.

Limerick 0-21 Clare 0-18
60 mins
– Will that seal it? Great point from Pat Ryan after superb approach work from Cian Lynch.

Limerick 0-20 Clare 0-18
58 mins
– Bobby Duggan fires over a monster free.

Sub: Colin Crehan is on for Clare for Ryan Taylor.

Limerick 0-20 Clare 0-17
55 mins
– Ian Galvin with a badly needed point for Clare.

Limerick 0-20 Clare 0-16
54 mins - Ronan Lynch fires over a great point for Limerick and they go four clear.

Sub: Diarmuid Moloney on for Clare for Stephen Ward.

Limerick 0-19 Clare 0-16
54 mins
– Ronan Lynch knocks over a ’65 after Cian Lynch’s goal shot is splendidly saved by Keith Hogan. Then Tom Dempsey points for Limerick and they go three ahead.

Limerick 0-17 Clare 0-16
50 mins - Eoin Quirke pops up with a vital point for Clare.

Limerick 0-17 Clare 0-15
50 mins - Colin Ryan with a vital point to put Limerick ahead by two, great work by Cian Lynch to create that opening.

Sub: Niall Deasy on for Clare for Kevin Hehir.

Limerick 0-16 Clare 0-15
47 mins
– Outstanding free for Limerick from Ronan Lynch. They go ahead.

Sub: Sean Finn on for Limerick for Mark O’Callaghan, who had just received a yellow card.

Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-15
45 mins - Shane O’Donnell is hauled down for Clare with Bobby Duggan smashing over the resultant free.

Subs: Michael O’Malley in for Clare for Shane Gleeson.

Limerick 0-15 Clare 0-14
42 mins
– Same combo again for Limerick as Ryan is fouled and Ronan Lynch points the free. Then the Na Piarsaigh club man points from play and Limerick hit the front.

Clare 0-14 Limerick 0-13
39 mins – Ronan Lynch bangs over a point from a free for Limerick after Colin Ryan is fouled.

Clare 0-14 Limerick 0-12
36 mins
– Ronan Lynch on the mark as he fires over two points, one from a free and one from play.

Subs: Sean Flanagan and Andrew La Touche-Cosgrave are on for Limerick instead of Gearoid Hegarty and Robbie Hanley.

Clare 0-14 Limerick 0-10
33 mins
– Brilliant sideline cut from Stephen Ward and the Banner go four points clear.

Clare 0-13 Limerick 0-10
32 mins - Ian Galvin bags his third point of the day for Clare.

Second-half under way.

14,311 is the attendance tonight in Cusack Park.

First-half scorers from Ennis:

Clare: Bobby Duggan 0-4 (0-4f), Shane Gleeson 0-3, Ian Galvin 0-2, Shane O’Donnell, Eoin Quirke, David Conroy 0-1.

Limerick: Ronan Lynch 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 ’65), David Dempsey, Darragh O’Donovan, Robbie Hanley, David Dempsey, Cian Lynch 0-1 each.

Half-Time: Clare 0-12 Limerick 0-10

Clare 0-11 Limerick 0-10
30 mins
– Shane Gleeson puts Clare in front with a fine point after a mazy run.

Limerick 0-10 Clare 0-10
29 mins – Ronan Lynch fires over a 20-yard free to bring Limerick level once more.

Clare 0-10 Limerick 0-9
27 mins
– We’re level again as Cian Lynch splits the posts for Limerick but Clare soon regain the lead with Galvin pointing.

Clare 0-9 Limerick 0-8
26 mins - All square now thanks to David Conroy and then Ian Galvin puts Clare in front.

Limerick 0-8 Clare 0-7
25 mins - A pair of Bobby Duggan frees are knocked over and Clare are only one behind now.

Limerick 0-8 Clare 0-4
23 mins
– A second point of the game for David Dempsey for Limerick before Eoin Quirke hits a vital point for Clare.

Limerick 0-7 Clare 0-4
19 mins
– Robbie Hanley fires over a fine long-range point form play and Limerick continue to hold the upper hand.

Limerick 0-6 Clare 0-4
18 mins - Ronan Lynch on target again and Limerick go two ahead.

Limerick 0-5 Clare 0-4
13 mins – Limerick hit the front thanks to a pair of converted frees from Ronan Lynch.

Clare 0-4 Limerick 0-3
9 mins - Ronan Lynch on the mark for Limerick from a ’65.

Clare 0-4 Limerick 0-2
8 mins - Clare stretch their lead as ace marksman Bobby Duggan strikes over a free.

Clare 0-3 Limerick 0-2
5 mins - Clare now hit the front  as Shane O’Donnell and Shane Gleeson both strike over points.

Limerick 0-2 Clare 0-1
4 mins
– Shane Gleeson responds with a point for Clare.

Limerick 0-2 Clare 0-0
2 mins – Great start by Limerick as David Dempsey and Darragh O’Donovan both point from play.

Game on in Ennis.

And here’s the Limerick subs:

16. Eoghan McNamara (Doon)
17. Sean Finn (Bruff)
18. Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon)
19. Andrew La Touche-Cosgrave (Monaleen)
20. David Condron (Granagh-Ballingarry)
21. Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry)
22. Jack Kelliher (Patrickswell)
23. Jody Hannon (Adare)
24. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)

Here’s the Clare subs:

16. Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle)
17. Brian Carey (Sixmilebridge)
18. Liam Corry (Éire Óg Ennis)
19. Shane Taylor (Broadford)
20. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley)
21. Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones)
22. Diarmuid Moloney (Broadford)
23. Colin Crehan (O’Callaghan Mills)
24. Niall Deasy (Ballyea)

Celebs spotted in Cusack Park.

Fans getting set for action in Ennis.

Mary Carey Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Here’s tonight’s starting teams:


1. Keith Hogan (Clooney Quin)

4. Shane O’Brien (Clonlara)
3. David Fitzgerald (Inagh/Kilnamona)
2. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)

5. Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley)
6. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay)
7. Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones)

8. David Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)
9. Kevin Hehir (Inagh/Kilnamona)

10. Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
11. Shane Gleeson (Cratloe)
12. Ian Galvin (Clonlara)

14. Stephen Ward (Clarecastle)
13. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
15. Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin)


1 David McCarthy (Glenroe)

2 Mark O’Callaghan (Knockaderry)
3 Richie English (Doon)
4 Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

5 Diarmaid Byrnes​ (Patrickswell)(Vice Captain)
6 Barry O’Connell (Kildimo Pallaskenry)(Captain)
7 Gearoid Hegarty (St. Patrick’s)

8 Darragh O Donovan (Doon)
9 Pat Ryan (Doon)

10 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)
11 Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock)
12 David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh),

13 Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen)
14 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)
15 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)

Huge crowd expected for this game which will be the last at the venue before the redevelopment of Cusack Park.

Evening all, it’s the last Bord Gáis Energy U21 provincial hurling game of the year and what an encounter is in prospect. Clare chasing a fourth successive title at this level against near neighbours Limerick who last won back in 2011. Throw-in at Cusack Park is 7pm.

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