John Kiely claims Limerick's Munster final win over Clare will take some beating

John Kiely claims Limerick's Munster final win over Clare will take some beating

CLARE AND LIMERICK’S Munster final win was one for the ages, and is also one that won't be forgotten by anyone for a longtime.

The two Munster rivals couldn't be seperated in normal time and had to settle the score in extra time, where Limerick won 1-29 to 0-29 to  secure Limerick’s first Munster four-in-a-row since 1936 and sends them back to Croke Park for an All-Ireland semi-final next month eyeing a third Liam MacCarthy Cup on the spin.

Speaking after the game, Kiely said that the game in Thurles will be hard to match: 'It’s a great day, it’s a great day but today is a particularly great one for us now, I have to say. That was seriously tough going. I’ve been involved in a good few, and that one takes beating.'

Limerick were guilty of a number of wides in the first half and could have extended the lead on a number of occasions, but Clare's resilience did not wane.

Clare’s Tony Kelly with the last play of the regulation 70 minutes sent the game to extra time and Kiely rued his sides ability to kill the game

'Listen, when you leave the door open with a one-point deficit and Tony Kelly has a sideline 21 yards out on the left hand side, you are opening the door', he added.

“Even in the second half of normal time, as well, we had a lot of the play, we just didn't convert enough of our chances into scores. We had just too many wides. We created enough scoring chances to win it in normal time.”

However Limerick did pull away to secure the Munster crown and will now have a four week break to face All-Ireland semi-final on the weekend of July 2/3,

Clare will face the winner of Kerry and Wexford in the All-Ireland quarter-final. The winner of that will then face Kilkenny.