Limerick 2-15 Clare 0-12 NHL


 Mark Foley  

Limerick defeated  their near neighbours and rivals Clare at the Gaelic Grounds today by nine points .Clare were the better team in the first half ,Ollie Moran got the first score for Limerick after 21 minutes.A well taken Sean O ‘Connor goal reduced the Clare deficit coming up to the break leaving Limerick trailing to the men from the Banner County at half time by two points .Maiguesider’s Stephen Lavin Adare was replaced late in the first half,Mark O Riordan Croom came on as a sub.just before half time.

Mark O Riordan, Right of Photo

Half Time : Limerick 1-2 Clare 0-7

Stephen Lucey

In the second half Richie Bennis rang the changes and used players from the bench Wayne McNamara Adare made an immediate impact on coming on with a superb  long range point  from beyond the half way line.Andrew O ‘Shaughnessy netted for the Shannonsiders and placed the tie out of Clare’s grasp.Stephen Lucey was a commanding force in the backline for Limerick ,Adare’s Mark Foley  showed signs of coming back to his best again with some superb play.Brian Murray the Limerick Goalie made an excellent point blank save towards the end the match to deny Clare any way back.Limerick will be the happier of the two teams today with the League Points gained ,for Clare it’s back to the drawing boards for Michael McNamara and his charges.

Wayne McNamara upended as Clare’s Colin Lynch looks on.
A section of the supporters in the Mackey Stand today.
It was good to see so many youngster’s in the crowd today  shouting their support for “Limerick,Limerick” as it echoed around the Gaelic Grounds. The future of our National Game depends on them.
LIMERICK: B. Murray; D. Reale, S. Lucey, S. Hickey; Maurice O’Brien, P. O’Dwyer(0-2) , M. Foley (capt.); D. O’Grady(0-1), Mike O’Brien; M. Fitzgerald(0-1), O. Moran(0-1), S. Lavin; A. O’Shaughnessy(1-2), S. O’Connor(1-1), P. Tobin. Subs: M. O’Riordan for Maurice O’Brien (25); N. Moran(0-2) for Lavin (26); D. Ryan(0-1) for Tobin (54); W. McNamara(0-1) for Mike O’Brien (54); B. Foley(0-1) for Fitzgerald (64).

CLARE: P. Brennan; T. Keogh, F. Lohan, G. O’Grady; P. Donlon, T. Holland, J. McInerney; Vaughan; B. O’Connell, C. Lynch(0-1); J. Clancy(0-2), D. Barrett(0-1), T. Carmody(0-2); N. Gilligan(0-3), B. Nugent, M. Flaherty(0-3). Subs: B. Bugler for McInerney (30); F. Lynch for Nugent (45); G. Arthur for Flaherty (62); M. Murphy for Barrett (63).




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