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Good afternoon, folks. Welcome along to this afternoon’s hurling liveblog, which will focus on the two fixtures taking place in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship.

We’ve had several superb games in Munster already in this campaign, so let’s hope for another couple of crackers today at both the Gaelic Grounds and Semple Stadium.

Limerick host Waterford, while Tipperary have home advantage against Clare.

Both games are scheduled for 2pm throw-ins and we’ll keep you up to date on all the major moments right here.

If there are any late changes we’ll keep you updated, but here’s how the teams are due to start today:

Limerick (v Waterford)

1. Nickie Quaid

2. Sean Finn
3. Mike Casey
4. Richie English

5. Diarmaid Byrnes
6. Declan Hannon
7. Dan Morrissey

8. Darragh O’Donovan
9. Cian Lynch

10. Gearoid Hegarty
11. Kyle Hayes
12. Tom Morrissey

13. Seamus Flanagan
14. Shane Dowling
15. Graeme Mulcahy

Waterford (v Limerick)

1. Stephen O’Keeffe

2. Shane Fives
3. Conor Gleeson
4. Noel Connors

5. Michael Walsh
6. Austin Gleeson
7. Philip Mahony

8. Jamie Barron
9. Pauric Mahony

10. Kevin Moran
11. Stephen Roche
12. DJ Foran

13. Stephen Bennett
14. Tom Devine
15. Patrick Curran

Tipperary (v Clare)

1. Brian Hogan

2. Seán O’Brien
3. Séamus Kennedy
4. Donagh Maher

5. Joe O’Dwyer
6. Padraic Maher
7. Brendan Maher

8. Ronan Maher
9. Cathal Barrett

10. Dan McCormack
11. Patrick Maher
12. Billy McCarthy

13. Seamus Callanan
14. Jason Forde
15. John McGrath

Clare (v Tipperary)

1. Donal Tuohy

2. Patrick O’Connor
3. David McInerney
4. Jack Browne

5. David Fitzgerald
6. Conor Cleary
7. Jamie Shanahan

8. Colm Galvin
9. Cathal Malone

10. Peter Duggan
11. Tony Kelly
12. David Reidy

13. Conor McGrath
14. John Conlon
15. Shane O’Donnell

It looks like all four teams are lining out as originally selected.

Tipperary 0-0 Clare 0-0
Limerick 0-0 Waterford 0-0

Both games are underway.

Limerick 0-0 Waterford 0-1

Tom Devine gets Waterford off to a good start.

Limerick 0-1 Waterford 0-1

Cian Lynch with a quick response.

Tipperary 0-1 Clare 0-1

Peter Duggan and Jason Forde trade frees.

Limerick 0-2 Waterford 0-2

DJ Foran scores for Waterford, Darragh O’Donovan hits back with a superb sideline cut.

Early sub for Waterford as Shane McNulty replaces the injured Shane Fives.

Limerick 0-3 Waterford 0-2

Shane Dowling puts Limerick ahead with an easy free.

Tipperary 0-2 Clare 0-1

Another Forde free for Tipp.

Limerick 0-4 Waterford 0-2

Dowling extends Limerick’s lead.

Tipperary 0-3 Clare 0-1

Forde, this time from play, puts Tipp further ahead.

Tipperary 0-3 Clare 0-1

Looked like an excellent John Conlon point from out on the right, but Hawkeye says Níl.

Limerick 0-5 Waterford 0-2

Dowling again for Limerick, making his mark on his return.

Tipperary 0-4 Clare 0-1

Brilliant score by Ronan Maher from a tricky angle.

Limerick 2-6 Waterford 0-2

Dowling again for Limerick. The goal earlier came after an error from Stephen O’Keeffe. 2-5 without reply now for Limerick.

Tipperary 1-4 Clare 0-2

John Conlon points for Clare.

Limerick 2-7 Waterford 0-2

Cian Lynch increases Limerick’s lead.

Tipperary 1-5 Clare 0-2

Jason Forde with a big free for Tipp.

Midway through the first half in both games now.

Tipperary 1-6 Clare 0-2

Cathal Barrett with a fine point for Tipp.

Tipperary 1-6 Clare 0-3
Limerick 2-7 Waterford 0-3

Tipperary 1-7 Clare 0-3
Limerick 2-8 Waterford 0-5

Forde gets another free for Tipp followed by one from play from Seamus Callanan, as Pauric Mahony scores again for Waterford.

Tipperary 1-7 Clare 0-4

Duggan with a free for Clare.

Tipperary 1-8 Clare 0-4

Forde from a placed-ball again. He’s got six now.

Tipperary 1-9 Clare 0-4

Noel McGrath with a lovely score.

Limerick 2-10 Waterford 0-5

Kyle Hayes points after picking up a short free from Dowling. Tom Morrissey then chips in.

Tipperary 1-9 Clare 0-5

Duggan converts another free.

Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-5

Outstanding point from John McGrath.

Limerick 2-11 Waterford 0-5

Dowling again for Limerick

Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-6

Duggan brings his tally to five with a free.

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-5

Dowling yet again from a free. Limerick lead by 13.

Limerick 2-13 Waterford 0-5

Dowling from play this time, seven points for him now.

Two minutes of normal time remaining until the interval.

Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-7

Tony Kelly reduces the gap to six.

Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-8

Brilliant long-range free from Duggan brings Clare closer.

Limerick 2-13 Waterford 0-6

Pauric Mahony points for the Deise.

Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-9

Tony Kelly again as Clare enjoy their best spell with the break approaching.

Limerick 2-13 Waterford 0-7

Pauric Mahony again from a free for Waterford.

Limerick 2-14 Waterford 0-7

Cian Lynch finds space and points for Limerick.

It’ll be a long road back for Waterford as they trail Limerick by 13 points, but Clare will have their tails up after a strong finish to the half. If they can improve their accuracy in front of goal they’re well in with a chance of turning this game around.

Join us for more shortly.

Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-9
Limerick 2-14 Waterford 0-7

The games have resumed.

Tommy Ryan and Maurice Shanahan replace Patrick Curran and Stephen Bennett for Waterford.

Limerick 2-14 Waterford 0-8

Early free for Waterford for Pauric Mahony before Stephen O’Keeffe makes a brilliant save to deny Kyle Hayes.

Limerick 2-14 Waterford 0-9

Incredible score from play by Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe.

Tipperary 1-11 Clare 0-9

Jason Forde with a free to get Tipp up and running in the second half.

Limerick 2-15 Waterford 0-9

Dowling with a fine free.

Tipperary 1-11 Clare 0-10

Podge Collins from play for Clare.

Tipperary 1-12 Clare 0-10

Huge point by Padraic Maher.

Limerick 2-16 Waterford 0-9

Kyle Hayes with a sublime point.

Tipperary 1-12 Clare 0-11
Limerick 2-16 Waterford 1-9

Substitute Tommy Ryan gives Waterford a lifeline as Jack Browne bursts forward and strikes an outstanding point for Clare.

Tipperary 1-13 Clare 0-11

Jason Forde with a free for Tipp.

Limerick 2-17 Waterford 1-9

Another Dowling free, his ninth point of the game.

Tipperary 1-14 Clare 0-11

Forde makes no mistake with a 65.

Limerick 2-18 Waterford 1-9

Dowling goes into double figures with another free.

Tipperary 1-14 Clare 0-12

Duggan keeps Clare in touch from a free.

Limerick 2-18 Waterford 1-10

Mahony gets another free for Waterford, who trail now by 11.

Tipperary 1-14 Clare 0-13

Another Duggan free. Four between the teams.

Tipperary 1-15 Clare 0-13

Lovely score by John McGrath.

Limerick 2-19 Waterford 1-10

Seamus Flanagan on the board for Limerick.

Tipperary 1-15 Clare 0-14

Duggan with yet another free.

Tipperary 1-15 Clare 0-15

A goal between them thanks to a Duggan free once again, his 10th point of the game.

Limerick 2-20 Waterford 1-10

Dowling makes it double scores.

Tipperary 1-15 Clare 0-16

Podge Collins reduces the gap with the help of hawkeye.

Limerick 2-21 Waterford 1-10

Limerick 2-21 Waterford 1-11

Pauric Mahony converts a free, his seventh point today.

Tipperary 1-16 Clare 0-16

Bonner Maher puts a goal between them again.

Limerick 2-21 Waterford 1-12

Mahony makes no mistake with another free.

Tipperary 1-17 Clare 0-16

John McGrath extends Tipp’s lead.

Tipperary 1-18 Clare 0-16

Free from Forde.

Limerick 2-22 Waterford 1-12

Dowling from a placed-ball.

Tipperary 1-18 Clare 0-17

Duggan points a free.

Limerick 2-23 Waterford 1-13

David Dempsey and Maurice Shanahan trade scores.

Tipperary 1-19 Clare 0-17

Sublime score from Seamus Callanan.

Tipperary 1-19 Clare 0-17
Limerick 2-23 Waterford 1-13

Ten minutes of normal time remaining in both games. Still up in the air in Thurles but it’s hard to see a way back for Waterford as they trail by 11 points.

Limerick 2-24 Waterford 1-14

Pauric Mahony free for Waterford. Seven minutes remain. Tom Morrissey responds immediately for Limerick.

Tipperary 1-19 Clare 0-18

Peter Duggan’s free leaves four between the teams with just over six minutes left to play.

Limerick 2-25 Waterford 1-14

Another free gives Dowling his 13th point of the game.

Brilliant goal by the substitute in Thurles sets up a grandstand finish!

Limerick 2-25 Waterford 1-15

Dowling with a free for Limerick.

Tipperary 1-19 Clare 1-18
Limerick 2-25 Waterford 1-15

Waterford’s championship campaign is about to come to an end but Clare’s is still alive for now at least.

Tipperary 1-20 Clare 1-18

Vital point from Seamus Callanan for Tipp. We’re about to enter the final minute of normal time.

Limerick 2-26 Waterford 1-15

Dowling gets his 15th point of the day from a free.

Tipperary 1-20 Clare 1-19

Super score by John Conlon. Five minutes added on.

Limerick 2-26 Waterford 1-16

Mikey Kearney points for Waterford.

Tipperary 1-20 Clare 1-20

Close-range free from Duggan and the sides are level in the 73rd minute!

Tipperary 1-21 Clare 1-20

Tipp back in front thanks to Noel McGrath.

Tipperary 1-21 Clare 1-21

Podge Collins levels it for the Banner, what a finish!

Clare 1-22 Tipperary 1-21

Duggan from play and Clare lead with 30 seconds left!

Clare 1-23 Tipperary 1-21

Duggan again with a brilliant score to push Clare further ahead.

UNBELIEVABLE ending in Thurles.

Clare end a long wait for a win over Tipperary to keep their hopes of reaching the Munster final well and truly alive.

Waterford and Tipperary are now out of the running, but the other three teams are still in with a chance of making the Munster final going into next weekend’s final round of fixtures.

Clare, who are on four points, host Limerick who top the table on five.

Cork, also on four points, take on Waterford in Thurles.

Thanks for following our liveblog, folks.

Here’s a recap of the final scores, with both defeated teams seeing their championship hopes dashed for another year.

Limerick 2-26 Waterford 1-16
Clare 1-23 Tipperary 1-21

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