Clare land early season honours in Munster
Munster Senior Hurling League Final: Limerick 0-17 Clare 0-18
Clare's pre-season preparations continued to gather momentum - and some much-needed silverware - with a narrow win over Limerick in the Munster Senior Hurling League final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Saturday night.
In a tight, entertaining match played in front of 4,753 supporters, Limerick were level as late as the 66th minute, when Barry Nash pointed after Clare goalkeeper Andrew Fahey made a superb save.
However, Davy Fitzgerald's men finished the stronger, with substitute Cathal O'Connell striking two late points to seal the win.
Clare led by 0-12 to 0-10 at the break thanks to scores from Conor Cleary and Peter Duggan, while Limerick missed a number of chances from placed balls in the first half.
Clare always had their noses in front in the second half, building their lead to four with another Bobby Duggan effort in the 41st minute, but Limerick fought back in the final quarter to set up a close finish.
In the end, though, Clare were just too strong and O'Connell's arrival on the field in the 64th minute swung the game in their favour.