A late goal from Kevin O’Brien proved nothing more than a consolation for Limerick this evening as Clare ran out comfortable winners in their Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 Munster quarter-final clash.
Second half Clare goals from Aaron Cunningham and Peter Duggan helped the Banner to a 2-20 to 1-14 victory at the Gaelic Grounds.
6,063 spectators saw Clare go in at halftime just two points to the good as they led their near neighbours by 0-12 to 0-10. However, Clare’s senior players took a firm grip of the game in the second half with Cunningham, Tony Kelly, Colm Galvin, and Peter and Bobby Duggan all getting on the scoresheet.
The only dampener on the night for Clare was a knee injury suffered late on by Cunningham who was stretchered off the field.
Clare will host Tipperary in Munster U21 Hurling Semi-Final in Cusack Park on Wednesday, July 16th.
Elsewhere tonight, Wexford beat Kilkenny by 2-14 to 0-10 and Westmeath overcame Carlow by 3-19 to 0-10.
CLARE v Limerick: Keith Hogan (Clooney-Quin); Jarlath Colleran (Doora-Barefield), Jack Browne (Ballyea), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge), Conor Cleary (Kilmaley), Gearoid O’COnnell (Ballyea); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Eoin Enright (Kilmaley); Shane Gleeson (Cratloe), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin); Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle), Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones), David Reidy (Éire Óg).
LIMERICK v Clare: Darragh Stapleton (Doon), Mark Callaghan (Knockaderry), Richie English (Doon), Shane Irwin (Bruff), Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Dan Morrissey (Ahane), William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh) captain, David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh), Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry), Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), Pat Ryan (Doon)
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