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Shane Meehan in action for the Clare minor hurlers against Limerick in the Munster Championship. Photo by John Kelly

Clare Suffer First Loss Of Munster MHC Series

A late Clare surge was not enough to prevent a first loss of the Munster MHC campaign as Limerick took victory by 0-16 to 0-13.

Limerick were largely in control in the opening half, and hit the first three scores without reply to establish early dominance.

That lead was extended to 0-6 to 0-2 with ten minutes to go to the break, as a trio of impressive scores from Cathal O’Neill kept the Shannonsiders in the ascendancy.

Clare had a goal chance sniffed out when Conner Hegarty’s shot was blocked and scrambled clear, with Limerick firing over a score in reply to keep their four point lead.

A Keith Smyth free and a brilliant angled effort from Shane Meehan cut the gap to two as injury time began, and Cormac Murphy measured his shot to perfection to see just the minimum between the sides.

Meehan and Smyth opened the second half scoring to give Clare the lead but O’Neill and Adam Murrihy led the Limerick comeback as they hit a trio unanswered to go 0-11 to 0-8 ahead at the end of the third quarter.

Shane Meehan took his tally to 0-3 to cut the gap once more but the impressive O’Neill knocked over another free to keep Limerick three points clear.

With 55 minutes on the clock, Limerick led 0-14 to 0-10, with the lively Meehan flashing a shot across the Limerick goal.

Scores from Smyth and Dylan Downes made it a two point game with as minutes left on the clock, and Cian Galvin landed a brilliant effort from out by the sideline to leave his side just one behind.

It was as close as Clare got with Limerick landing the last two scores of the game to ensure a three point win.

It means Clare must beat Cork next weekend in order to reach the provincial decider.

Clare: Aaron Shanahan; Storm Devanney, Adam Hogan, Cillian McGroary; Jarlath Collins, Colm O’Meara, Tony Butler; Oisin Clune, Cormac Murphy; Shane Meehan, Cian Galvin, Oisin O’Donnell; Conner Hegarty, Diarmaid Cahill, Keith Smyth.

Limerick: Jack Franklin; Ronan Lyons, Michael Keane, Fergal O’Connor; Jimmy Quilty, Ethan Hurley, Cian Casey; Adam Murrihy, Patrick Kirby; Patrick Reale, Diarmuid Hegarty, Cathal O’Neill; Aidan O’Connor, Adam English, Liam Lynch.

 

Some of the Clare minor hurlers take a walk out on the pitch ahead of their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Oisin O Donnell of Clare in action against Adam Murrihy of Limerick during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Shane Meehan of Clare in action against Jimmy Quilty of Limerick during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Michael Keane of Limerick in action against Diarmuid Cahill of Clare during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Shane Meehan of Clare in action against Fergal O’Connor of Limerick during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Jack Franklin of Limerick in action against Diarmuid Cahill of Clareduring their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Cathal O’Neill of Limerick in action against Colm O Meara of Clare during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Ronan Lyons of Limerick in action against Shane Meehan of Clare during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly

Shane Meehan of Clare in action against Adam Murrihy of Limerick during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Diarmuid Cahill of Clare in action against Ronan Lyons of Limerick during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Oisin Clune of Clare in action against Brian O’Meara of Limerick during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Adam Murrihy of Limerick in action against Shane Meehan of Clare during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly
Adam English of Limerick in action against Jarlath Collins of Clare during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship game at LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph by John Kelly

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