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Limerick Progress As They Beat Clare In Enthralling Free-Taking Contest

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Peter Duggan scored 0-19 but finished on the losing side, as Limerick beat Clare after a free-taking competition.

Limerick and Clare played out an enthralling Allianz National Hurling League quarter-final today in the Gaelic Grounds, as it went right down to the wire between the Munster neighbours.

Limerick mounted a second-half comeback in normal time to force it to extra-time. With 20 minutes played in extra-time, the Treaty found themselves three behind with just seconds remaining.

Just like Seán Moran for Cuala in the All-Ireland final on Saturday, Diarmuid Byrnes stood over a placed ball on the 21 knowing anything but a goal would ensure his side would lose, and Clare would advance to the semi-final.

Unlike Cuala’s Moran who rocketed the sliotar to the roof of the net, Byrnes blasted it into the turf. It had the same result, as the umpire reached for a gree flag, and the game went to two more halves of extra-time, five minutes each on this occasion.

Limerick Goal

Diarmaid Byrnes fires it into the net and equalises in extra time. Another round of extra time coming up

Posted by GAA on Monday, March 19, 2018

As they went point for point, it seemed inevitable that the free-taking competition would follow, and that’s exactly how it played out, as it finished 4-21 to 0-33 after over 100 minutes of hurling.

The first tens frees were sent straight over, as neither team seemed capable of blinking, and it headed for sudden death.

Peter Duggan and Aaron Gillane pointed in sudden death. Niall Deasy of Ballyea stood over the Banner’s seventh free, but hit it wide. Colin Ryan then sent it over for the Treaty, sending John Kiely’s side through to the semi-final.

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Author: The PA Team

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