Limerick into Munster U21 final

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Updated: July 26, 2011

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Clare 1-15 v 2-19 Limerick
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Commentary:
Full Time A determined and accomplished display from Limerick saw them upset the odds and end Clare’s U21 hopes. Kevin Downes with 1-04 set the tone for a 7 point win and sets up Limerick for a clash with Cork next Wednesday at the Gaelic Grounds.
62min McGrath penalty is blocked, markham gets a point from the clearance
61min Penalty!! more late drama in a limerick game, hurling this time and now football. Clare get it. Hayes booked
60min There will be 2 minutes of added time
60min O’Halloran gets his 3rd of the evening for Clare
59min Fans are starting to leave the ground now, its nearly over
57min Downes put another one over, he’s been impressive tonight. 1-04 for him
56min McGrath scores a point, they need green flags now if they are make an comeback
55min Another Limerick point from open play – 2-13 from play tonight,
55min Limerick are almost through to a Munster final against Cork next week
53min Allis hits another 65 to put the lead back to 8
51min Markham pulls one back for Clare
51min Another Limerick point, 8 between them now
49min GOAL! Downes gets a fine goal, good determination there
47min Limerick free and a chance to clear their lines
47min Allis with a wide from distance..
46min Dowling with a wide from a free, they had a point before that to cancel out Kelly’s effort
45min Kelly mades it a three point game again
44min Shane Dowling gets a nice free – griffin off for Carmody. Limerick four ahead
42min O’Halloran gets his 2nd point since coming on at half time
41min Hannon gets a super point there for Limerick, they’ve settled again
39min Allis gets a Limerick point
38min McGrath gets a free for Clare
37min Dowling hits Limericks first point of 2nd half
37min Both sides trade wides, 2 points in it
35min Tony Kelly makes it 1-02 without reply.. game on
34min Downes with a wide for Limerick..
33min GOAL! McInerney gets Clare right back into it
31min Second half underway – Clare get the first score
Half time Limerick lead 1-10 to 0-06 both sides have had a lot of wides.
30min Kennedy makes it 5 in a row for Limerick
30min Downes get another point, 1 min of added time
29min Willie Griffin gets a point, 5 between them
28min Limerick respond with a wide of their own
26min Clare hit a 7th wide, Markham the guilty man this time
24min Downes get a point for Limerick
23min Limerick hit their 6th wide
22min McGraths needs a free for Clare
21min Goal chance for Downes but Clare defend it well
20min Downes get a point for Limerick they needed that
19min McGrath reduces the lead to 2 points
18min Clare reduce the lead to a goal through McInerney
17min Kelly gets a point for Clare
16min Dowling with a wide from a free from a tight angle there
14min Another Clare wide.. Murphy with the puck out
13min A fourth wide there for Clare.. it was a long way out on the Clare 45yd line
12min McGrath points from the free, it was a good bit out too
12min Free to Clare, ref should have waved play on as Kelly was in space
10min Ryan adds a point to his goal.
9min Shane Dowling hits another Limerick point to put the treaty county 5 points up
8min Liam Markham hits Clare’s 2nd wide
7min O’Brien gets his 2nd point
6min Clare minor captain Tony Kelly gets the Banner county’s first wide
5min Limerick get their 3rd in a matter of minutes hope they won’t rue these
4min Play resumes with a Limerick wide, their 2nd of the game already
4min Shane Dowling is down injured at the moment – play stopped at mo
3min Seanie O’Brien gets Limericks first point
2min Podge Collins gets Clare off the mark with a point
2min Michael Ryan gets a goal inside the opening 2 minutes
0min Clare will looking to book a fourth successive Munster final tonight but they will need to overcome a strong Limerick challenge if they are to do so. Clare include four senior players along with the county minor captain Tony Kelly in the starting 15 while Limerick will be able to count on the fresh faced experience of Kevin Downes, who captains the side, and was part of the senior side that narrowly lost out to Dublin in the All Ireland quarter finals.

Teams:

Limerick team: 1. Aaron Murphy Hospital/Herbertstown 2. Cian Hayes Kildimo 3. Patrick Begley Mungret 4. Steve O’Reilly Ballybrown 5. Cathal McNamara Doon 6. James O’Brien Na Piarsaigh 7. Thomas O’Callaghan Monagea 8. Conor Allis Croom 9. Sean O’Brien Patrickswell 10. Declan Hannon Adare 11. Niall Kennedy Granagh/Ballingarry 12. Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh 13. Michael Ryan Murroe/Boher 14. Kevin Downes – Capt. Na Piarsaigh 15. Graeme Mulcahy Kilmallock

Clare Team: Kevin Brennan, Diarmuid Nash, Pat O’Connor, Paul Flanagan, Steven O’Halloran, Killian Ryan, Catahl Chaplin, Liam Markham, Conor Ryan, Shane Golden, Cathal McInerney, Tony Kelly, Podge Collins, Fergus. Kennedy, Conor Mc Grath

Preview:
Neighbours Clare and Limerick meet on Tuesday night in the semi final of the Munster U21 Championship hoping to set up a home final against Cork.

This is the first outing for both sides in this years Championship although both sides will be familiar with each other having played at the same stage last year. Clare came out on top on that occasion, winning a close encounter 1-15 to 1-12 before losing to Tipperary in the final (1-22 to 1-17)

The recent success of Ard Scoil Ris however means that Clare can expected an even closer contest this time round against Lee O’Connor side. The Treaty County can count on the talents of you Kevin Downes, who played for the senior side in the All Ireland quarter final loss to Dublin.

The talented forward captains the under-21’s going into this clash at Cusack Park in Ennis.

Clare have the better recent record having claimed the 2009 U21 Championship, their first ever success at this level having lost 11 previous finals while Limerick last claimed an U21 crown in 2002 as part of their three in a row.

Since 2000 John Minogue’s young charges have played 16 games at U21 level with a 37.5% win ratio, losing 10 games. While Limerick have played 5 more but have only lost 8 games winning just over half of their fixtures (52.38%).

Clare: K. Brennan, D. Nash, P. O’Connor, P. Flanagan, K. Ryan, C. Chaplin, S. O’Halloran, L. Markham, C. Ryan, S. Golden, C. McInerney, T. Kelly, P. Collins, F. Kennedy, C. McGRath

Limerick: Team to be named this evening.

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