All-Ireland champions Limerick picked up a crucial win over Clare as they kept their Championship dreams alive with a stylish 1-28 to 0-13 victory at the Gaelic Grounds.
Both sides knew that a win was paramount, a victory for Clare would ensure that the reigning Liam MacCarthy champions would go no further this summer.
The game started off in a frantic fashion, Limerick‘s Kyle Hayes bursting through the Banner defence before Aaron Gillane flicked over the first score of the afternoon.
It was the perfect start for the Treaty, but their opponents were equally as lively, and arguably should’ve had two goals in the opening ten minutes, first through Peter Duggan who would’ve surely seen the net ripple had it not been for the defensive instincts of Declan Hannon.
Two minutes later it was Aron Shanagher who, five yards from goal, saw his shot cannon off the helmet of Sean Finn as the Limerick defence eventually cleared the danger.
It was an early scare for John Kiely’s side who began to find their flow popping off a string of quick points before Peter Duggan was denied another goalscoring opportunity thanks to a smart block from Finn.
Clare’s wastefulness in front of goal was telling as Limerick dominated the remainder of the half, with every one of their forward line finding a score as they led by 0-15 to 0-7.
A stark contrast to their opponents whose seven points all came from that man Duggan, with just one of those coming from play.
The Bannermen began to find some ferocity early in the second half with the lively Duggan adding again and finally finding himself joined on the scoreboard by Tony Kelly.
Limerick, however, looked calm in the eye of the brief storm and weathered it well as they notched up six scores without reply to take a commanding 12 point lead.
From there they began to turn on the style and when Aaron Gillane found himself through on goal he fired the ball past the Clare keeper to effectively end the game as a contest with ten minutes to go.
— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) June 9, 2019