Clare trump Limerick again to reach Munster MHC final

May 03, 2023

Clare's Michael Collins in action against Tipperary. ©INPHO/Evan Treacy.

Not to be outdone by their senior counterparts who recorded a famous victory over Limerick on Saturday, the Clare minors also proved too strong for their local rivals at Cusack Park last night as they qualified for a second successive Munster MHC final.

Marc O'Brien scored 2-3 to help the Banner to a 2-21 to 2-15 victory. In doing so, they avenged their defeat to Limerick in the group stages five weeks ago.

With 1,804 spectators looking on, four early points from Darren Collopy propelled Limerick into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead. However, the hosts stormed back with points from Michael Collins and the first of O'Brien's goals to take a 1-12 to 0-8 lead into the break.

O'Brien's second major extended Clare's advantage after the restart, but the visitors refused to give up and replied with goals from substitute Patrick Kearney and Dara Ferland to reduce the deficit to just three points, 2-14 to 2-17, with three minutes of normal time remaining.

But three late points from substitute Fred Hegarty copperfastened Clare's place in next Tuesday's final against Cork.

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