It was D-Day in Munster.
Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of today’s Munster SHC action. We’ll see the thrilling round robin phase draws to a close later and the 2018 provincial finalists confirmed.
Here’s what we’ve got in store:
- Clare v Limerick – Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm (live on RTÉ 1)
- Cork v Waterford – Semple Stadium Thurles, 2pm
Stay with us for updates throughout, with team news coming up shortly.
Three teams – Clare, Limerick and Cork – are vying for the two decider spots, and we should be in for two cracking encounters this afternoon.
The meeting of Clare and Limerick is practically a Munster semi-final. While the Banner must win, Limerick can still progress if they lose – if Waterford beat Cork.
Munster Hurling Championship Table after Round 4.— GAA League Tables (@GAALeagueTables) June 10, 2018
Limerick 2-26 v 1-16 Waterford
Tipperary 1-21 v 1-23 Clare
Cork above Clare due to superior head to head record.#hurling #gaa #munster #cork #tipperary #limerick #clare #waterford pic.twitter.com/NxrpGTMHny
Here are the Clare and Limerick teams set to take to the field today.
The Banner, sitting in second place in the round robin standings, have made two changes from last week’s win over Tipperary. Seadna Morey and Podge Collins both start.
John Kiely meanwhile, has gone with an unchanged Treaty starting XV with Aaron Gillane held in reserve as her returns from suspension.
1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
2. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber)
3. David McInerney (Tulla)
4. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
5. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
6. Conor Cleary (Miltown Malbay)
7. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)
8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
9. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
10. Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin)
11. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)
12. David Reidy (Eire Og)
13. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
14. John Conlon (Clonlara)
15. Shane O’Donnell (Eire Og)
1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)
2. Sean Finn (Bruff)
3. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
4. Richie English (Doon)
5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
6. Declan Hannon (Adare)
7. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)
8. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)
9. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks)
11. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)
13. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)
14. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
15. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
Cork know that victory over the out-of-contention Waterford would be enough to see them through to 1 July’s Munster decider.
The Deise meanwhile have changed things up as Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh makes history, today, becoming the holder of the most-ever senior hurling championship appearances.
Here are the teams for the Semple showdown:
1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Sean O Donoghue (Inniscarra)
3. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
4. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)
5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)
8. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)
9. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
10. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
13. Shane Kingston (Douglas)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
1. Ian O’Regan (Mount Sion)
2. Ian Kenny (Ballygunner)
3. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Paraic Mahony (Ballygunner)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Colin Dunford (Colligan)
12. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
13. Brian O’Halloran (Clashmore)
14. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
15. Tommy Ryan (Tallow)
We’re almost ready to go in Ennis and Thurles. All to play for!
2 mins - And we’re underway at both venues.
Clare 0-0 Limerick 0-0
Shane Dowling’s early free is waved wide.
Cork 0-0 Waterford 0-0
3 mins — Cork 0-1 Waterford 0-0
We have first blood in Thurles, Horgan doing the damage.
4 mins — Clare 0-1 Limerick 0-0
Peter Duggan gets us off the mark.
4 mins — Cork 0-1 Waterford 0-2
6 mins — Clare 0-2 Limerick 0-1
John Conlon and Tom Morrissey exchange efforts.
7 mins — Cork 0-2 Waterford 0-2
Seamus Harnedy equalises matters.
9 mins — Clare 0-3 Limerick 0-1
Seadna Morey looked to be in trouble but he’s back on his feet. Peter Duggan slots a free, his second of the day.
13 mins — Cork 0-4 Waterford 0-4
The Deise take the lead in Thurles before Kingston squares things up once again.
14 mins — Clare 0-4 Limerick 0-2
Another Dowling free. Sean Finn has been replaced by Tom Condon. Duggan adds his fourth free. David Fitzgerald is on for Morey.
16 mins — Clare 0-5 Limerick 0-3
Dowling has a fine effort from a long-range free before Colm Galvin cancels it out at the other end.
16 mins — Cork 0-5 Waterford 0-7
Fitzgibbon is one of the most recent scorers and it’s tit-for-tat in Semple Stadium.
20 mins — Clare 0-6 Limerick 0-4
David Fitzgerald with the latest offering in Ennis, and a beauty it was!
19 mins — Cork 0-6 Waterford 0-10
Derek McGrath’s side have a four-point lead.
22 mins — Clare 0-7 Limerick 0-4
An amazing passage of play from both teams but Clare come out the better at the end with another monster point from Fitzgerald. The atmosphere in Ennis is super!
24 mins — Clare 0-8 Limerick 0-5
Hayes and Conlon trade scores.
22 mins — Cork 0-8 Waterford 0-10
Kearney has pulled another back for the Rebels.
26 mins — Clare 0-9 Limerick 0-5
Four from four from Duggan on the frees. Galvin sees yellow.
24 mins — Cork 0-9 Waterford 0-10
Lehane cuts the deficit to one.
28 mins — Clare 0-9 Limerick 0-7
Brilliant sideline cut from Darragh O’Donovan.
28 mins — Cork 0-10 Waterford 0-13
Jake Dillon is one of the recent Waterford scorers as they push on in Thurles.
32 mins — Clare 0-10 Limerick 0-7
Jamie Shanahan fires over from play, with a hold-up in Ennis because of injuries. RED CARD for Tom Condon and Limerick are down to 14.
34 mins — Clare 0-10 Limerick 0-7
ANOTHER RED CARD, and it’s David Reidy sent to the line. Both sides down to 14. Crazy stuff!
34 mins — Cork 0-10 Waterford 0-15
Update from Thurles to add to the drama in Ennis.
38 mins — Clare 0-12 Limerick 0-9
Five minutes added time here. Plenty of controversy surrounding the award of the two red cards? What do you think at home?
Diarmuid Byrnes the latest Limerick scorer, a lovely effort.
Half-time — Cork 0-11 Waterford 0-15
39 mins — Clare 0-13 Limerick 0-9
Duggan hits his fifth from a free, while Fitzgerald is shown a yellow card.
Half-time — Clare 0-13 Limerick 0-9
As things stand, it’ll be a Clare-Limerick Munster final.
36 mins — Cork 0-12 Waterford 0-15
We’re back underway in Thurles, the Rebels with a good start. Cooper scores, O’Halloran looked to be in trouble but he’s back up and at it. Pauric Mahony is playing very well for Waterford.
36 mins — Clare 0-14 Limerick 0-10
Back at it in Ennis too. Point for point, Morrissey and Kelly trade scores.
38 mins — Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-11
Kelly has well and truly arrived, powering over another.
43 mins — Cork 0-12 Waterford 0-15
Confusion reigned over a Conor Lehane effort there but Hawkeye ruled it out. The game has dropped a bit, the commentators on WLR FM say.
42 mins — Clare 0-17 Limerick 0-12
Conlon and Duggan tag on scores as the Banner power on.
46 mins — Cork 0-13 Waterford 0-16
Horgan and Foran trade scores.
47 mins — Cork 0-14 Waterford 0-16
Back to a two-point game as Cooper fires over a lovely score.
46 mins — Clare 0-17 Limerick 0-13
50 mins — Cork 0-15 Waterford 0-16
Horgan misses a straightforward free. Waterford need to attack more, their lead is diminishing. And like that, Mark Coleman puts over an influential effort.
52 mins — Cork 0-16 Waterford 0-16
Devine missed what looked like could have been a certain goal there. All level again though, Horgan makes no mistake this time after a few misses.
50 mins — Clare 0-18 Limerick 0-13
Aaron Gillane is on for Limerick, they need him on form to claw their way back there. Duggan with his eighth.
54 mins — Cork 0-16 Waterford 1-16
GOAL for Waterford! Brilliant play from Barron and then created by Brick Walsh, finished excellently by Tommy Ryan.
54 mins — Clare 0-18 Limerick 0-14
Gillane is up and running. Four in it.
57 mins — Cork 0-17 Waterford 1-17
Lehane for the Rebels, while Ryan tags on to his goal. Brick Walsh has been substituted to a standing ovation.
55 mins — Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15
Duggan and Morrissey trade scores with 13 minutes, give or take, to go.
63 mins — Cork 0-17 Waterford 1-17
Michael Cahalane is on for Luke Meade. Rings of ‘Waterford, Waterford’ go around Thurles as they hope they keep their lead.
62 mins — Clare 0-20 Limerick 0-15
Lovely point from Peter Duggan from play.
64 mins — Cork 0-19 Waterford 1-18
Cooper and Maurice Shanahan — with his first touch of the game — at either end, before Coleman adds another for Cork.
66 mins — Cork 1-19 Waterford 1-18
GOAL for Seamus Harnedy! Super finish.
66 mins — Clare 0-22 Limerick 0-15
68 mins — Cork 1-19 Waterford 1-19
Mahony nails a free to equalise matters. Level for a sixth time.
67 mins — Clare 0-24 Limerick 0-15
Tony Kelly lifts the crowd, as does Conlon. Two super efforts.
71 mins — Cork 1-19 Waterford 1-20
Mahony edges the Deise ahead. Seven minutes of injury time!
73 mins — Cork 1-20 Waterford 1-20
Level again! Ah, lads….
70 mins — Clare 0-24 Limerick 0-15
Four minutes of injury time added.
75 mins — Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-20
Horgan lights it up!
Clare and Cork are heading for the final as it stands.
76 mins — Cork 1-22 Waterford 1-20
Spillane with a great effort.
Full-time — Cork 1-23 Waterford 1-20
CORK ARE BACK IN THE MUNSTER FINAL!
Full-time — Clare 0-26 Limerick 0-15
A Tony Kelly ’65 as the clock runs down in Ennis. A 13th point from Duggan and that’s that.
2018 Munster hurling final — Cork v Clare
So a strong Cork finish — sparked by Harnedy’s goal — saw them though to the decider, while Clare join them after an 11-point win over Limerick.
That’s all from me, but we’ll have full match reports from Thurles and Ennis in the coming minutes on The42. Thanks for reading.
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