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Afternoon all. The Leinster SHC kicked things off last night in Croke Park and now attention turns to Thurles as Clare and Limerick clash in the Munster SHC opener.

It’s been well documented the first choice players Clare are missing (Peter Duggan, John Conlon, Colm Galvin and Podge Collins), increasing the pressure on the likes of Shane O’Donnell and Tony Kelly to provide the scores.

Limerick are not within injury worries of their own. John Kiely is down two members of his All-Ireland winning full-back line in Richie English and Mike Casey, but the Treaty are still strong favourites to prevail.

Here’s how the teams are named to start:

Limerick

1. Nicky Quaid (Effin)

2. Sean Finn (Bruff)
3. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)
4. Barry Nash (South Liberties)

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
6. Declan Hannon (Adare) Captain
7. Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock)

8. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
9. William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh)

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

13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
14. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
15. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

Clare

1. Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle) 

2. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
3. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown)
4. Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle)

5. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
6. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber)
7. Aidan McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona)

8. David McInerney (Tulla – captain)
9. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)

10. Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe)
11. David Reidy (Éire Óg)
12. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)

13. Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin)
14. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
15. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)

It’s prediction time, who do you fancy to prevail in Semple Stadium?


Poll Results:

Limerick (495)
Clare (205)


Limerick arriving earlier today:

john-kiely Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

cian-lynch Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

nicky-quaid Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Limerick 0-1 Clare 0-0

Aaron Gillane opens his account with a free. 

Limerick 0-2 Clare 0-0

4 mins - Tony Kelly pulls back a free for the Banner.

There was one late change to the Clare team with Rory Hayes replacing Aidan McCarthy.

Limerick 0-3 Clare 0-1

The ball is played into the corner for Aaron Gillane, who turns and sweeps it over the bar. Graeme Mulcahy earlier grabbed Limerick’s second. 

Limerick 0-4 Clare 0-2

Sharpshooters Kelly and Gillane trade scores. 

Limerick 0-5 Clare 0-3

Tom Morrissey adds a score for Limerick but David Reidy is fouled and Kelly replies from the free. The Banner are yet to score from play, while Limerick have scored just one placed ball.

Interestingly, Kelly is operating at full-forward for Clare, where he spent much of the club campaign playing.

Limerick 0-5 Clare 0-5

Clare are back on level terms following another Kelly free. They’ve got the wind at their backs in this half. 

Limerick 0-5 Clare 0-6

Clare move into the lead for the first time after Kelly’s opener from play. They’ve really come into this game in the last 10 minutes.

Limerick 0-6 Clare 0-6

Gillane’s fourth point of the match levels us up again. 

Limerick 0-6 Clare 0-7

Kelly’s sixth of the day arrives from distance. 

Limerick 0-7 Clare 0-7

2019 All-Star Gillane draws the Treaty level again with a close range free.

Limerick 0-7 Clare 0-8

Ryan Taylor fights hard for a ball and Kelly drops it over from the flank. That’s his third from play. 

Limerick 0-7 Clare 0-9

Kelly converts a free from a tricky angle to extend Clare’s lead. 

First-half water break

Limerick 0-9 Clare 0-9 

Gaeoird Hegarty gets a short pass from Morrissey and lets fly from midfield. The ball sails between the posts. Then Hayes points to bring Limerick level.

Limerick 0-10 Clare 0-9 

A fine Limerick move involving Hegarty leads to a well-taken Casey point. John Kiely’s side have upped their performance level since the water break.

Limerick 0-10 Clare 0-11

26 mins – Limerick lose possession in the middle and Kelly intercepts before scoring. Clarecastle man Stephen O’Halloran adds another.

Limerick 0-10 Clare 0-10

Gillane levels the game for the sixth time from a free.

Limerick 0-12 Clare 0-11

29 mins - Dan Morrissey finds his brother Tom as Limerick retake the lead.

Limerick 0-12 Clare 0-12

30 mins - Kelly sends over another free after Shane O’Donnell was fouled. We’re level for an eighth time. 

Limerick 0-13 Clare 0-12

Gillane sends Limerick back ahead with a free. 

Limerick 0-14 Clare 0-13

34 mins - Graeme Mulcahy returns to the field with a bandaged right hand. Gillane, meanwhile, scores his eighth score of the day. Then Tom Morrissey bangs over a strike from right on the sideline. Tony Kelly responds with one of his own at the far end to quell the Limerick dominance.

HT - Limerick 0-15 Clare 0-15

A first-half that ebbed and flowed sees the sides deadlocked at half-time. 

This man has been in sensational form so far in Thurles.

tony-kelly-celebrates-a-score Tony Kelly celebrates a score. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Limerick 0-19 Clare 0-15

38 mins - Limerick have enjoyed a lightning fast start to the second-half with four scores in succession. Gillane fires over the latest from a free.

Limerick 0-20 Clare 0-15

Cian Lynch drives forward from midfield and pops it over the bar. This is some statement by Limerick since half-time.

Limerick 0-21 Clare 0-15

Kelly misses his first free of the day and then Limerick break for Morrissey to slot over his fourth.

Limerick 0-21 Clare 0-17

45 mins - Tony Kelly’s 14th point of the day arrives.

Limerick 0-21 Clare 1-17

Clare profit from a mistake in the Limerick full-back line and they’re right back into this game now. That’s the real goal opportunity to appear in the game and the Banner have buried it.

Limerick 0-22 Clare 1-17

49 mins – Gillane’s 10th point of the match puts Limerick two ahead.

Limerick 0-23 Clare 1-18

Kelly brings his tally to 0-15.

Limerick 0-25 Clare 1-18

Mulcahy’s second score of the game arrives after a trademark Limerick move.

Limerick 0-26 Clare 1-18

Diarmuid Byrnes with a great score from distance.

Limerick 0-26 Clare 1-19

55 mins - Ryan Taylor brings his tally to 1-1 with a fine score.

Limerick 0-28 Clare 1-19

Seamus Flanagan replaces Peter Casey on the Limerick side. Gillane converts another free.

61Mins

Limerick 0-28 Clare 1-20

Tony Kelly’s 16th score of the day reduces the gap to five. Diarmuid Ryan lashes one over the bar. 

64Mins

Limerick 0-30 Clare 1-21

Darragh O’Donovan and Hegarty launch further points.

67Mins

Limerick 0-32 Clare 1-21

Flanagan tags on another score for Limerick.

 

67Mins

Limerick 0-32 Clare 1-22

Another free from Kelly but Clare need a goal at this stage.

70Mins

Limerick 0-34 Clare 1-22

Byrnes puts over his second of the game.

71Mins

Limerick 0-36 Clare 1-22

Incredible scoring from Limerick here. They’ve looked like a different team in the second-half.

71Mins

FT - Limerick 0-36 Clare 1-22

72Mins

So Clare head to the qualifiers and Limerick breeze into the Munster semi-final.

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