(After extra-time, Limerick win 4-1 on penalties)

History was made in Ennis as Limerick prevailed in the dying light, beating their hosts in the senior football championship's first ever penalty shootout.

The teams could not be separated after 70 minutes of extra-time, nor 20 minutes of extra-time, so as the light faded in Cusack Park, the two teams settled things in novel circumstances.

It was Limerick who held their nerve, scoring flawlessly with their first four kicks, while Clare missed two of their three, to see the Treaty men advance to a Munster SFC semi-final against Tipperary.

Ian Corbett, Robbie Bourke, Brian Donovan and the match-winner James Naughton were all on target from the spot for Limerick, while Cian O'Dea and Conor Jordan missed for the hosts before Joe McGann found the net, but it was too little too late.

The 2,980 in attendance were certainly given value for money as 90 minutes of playing action still failed to separate the sides.

Clare will look back ruefully on their end to normal time when momentum was clearly behind them. However, a superb match-winning save from Limerick captain Donal O'Sullivan proved pivotal as Limerick eventually secured their first championship victory over Clare since 2009.

Despite facing into the conditions, it was the hosts that began the brighter but after early points from Aaron Griffin and David Tubridy were both cancelled out by Josh Ryan and Hugh Bourke, the Banner would kick three of the next four to cement a 0-5 to 0-3 opening quarter advantage.

Limerick would finally settle into their stride, eventually turning the tide in spectacular fashion when full-back Brian Fanning slalomed along the right wing from his own half to cut inside and find the net in the 28th minute.

Robbie Bourke faces Tristan O'Callaghan and the Clare faithful

It was the ideal culmination of a 1-05 unanswered rally from the visitors that catapulted them 1-07 to 0-05 in front. Far from easing to the break however, Limerick would see their cushion slashed when Fanning dragged back Gavin Cooney for a 33rd minute penalty that David Tubridy cooly dispatched to the left corner at 1-08 to 1-06.

Josh Ryan’s third point did restore a three-point lead for Limerick by the break, a crucial score as it turned out, as wind-assisted Clare relentlessly chased down the leaders on the resumption. Limerick managed to keep their noses in front until the 64th minute though, when able to match the home side’s backlash.

A glorious missed goal opportunity for Limerick’s Cillian Fahy cleared the crossbar at one end, only for the hosts to finally reel in their neighbours as Gavin Cooney and debutante substitute Brendy Rouine regained full parity for only the fourth time at 1-13 to 1-13.

With the bit between their teeth, Clare passed up four scoring chances including a glorious match-winning opportunity for Cooney who, after a Cian O’Dea interception, cut inside his marker only to be somehow denied by a superb point blank stop from goalkeeper O’Sullivan.

Jamie Malone did nudge Clare in front for what seemed the winning point but Limerick would be handed one final opportunity at the death which substitute Robbie Bourke converted from 40 metre to force extra-time.

Three Eoin Cleary points got Clare back on track in the additional periods, only to be floored once more by Bourke who dramatically finished to the net with the last play of the opening half as Limerick went into the dressing rooms 2-15 to 1-17 in front.

Clare did finally make up the ground through placed balls from Brendy Rouine and captain Cleary but the hosts missed their first two penalties whereas a cool Limerick were unerring with their four, as James finally teed up a Munster semi-final showdown with Tipperary in a fortnight’s time.

Limerick: Donal O Sullivan; Michael Donovan, Brian Fanning (1-00), Sean ODea; Cian Sheehan, Iain Corbett, Paul Maher; Darragh Treacy (0-02), Cillian Fahy (0-02); Adrian Enright (0-01), Brian Donovan (0-01), James Naughton; Hugh Bourke (0-01), Josh Ryan (0-06, 0-05f), Peter Nash (0-01)

Subs: Jim Liston for M. Donovan (53), Diarmuid Kelly for Enright (58), Robbie Bourke (1-02, 0-02f) for Ryan (64), Gordon Brown for Maher (64), Tommy Griffin for B. Donovan (69), Killian Ryan for Kelly (70), B. Donovan for H. Bourke (74), Colm McSweeney for Sheehan (77)

Clare: Tristan O’Callaghan; Cillian Rouine, Cillian Brennan, Manus Doherty; Eoghan Collins, Ciaran Russell, Cian ODea; Jamie Malone (0-01), Darren ONeill (0-02); Emmet McMahon (0-01), Eoin Cleary (0-06, 0-02f), Pearse Lillis (0-01); Gavin Cooney (0-01), David Tubridy (1-01), 1-00 Pen), Aaron Griffin (0-04)

Subs: Daniel Walsh for Collins (55), Brendy Rouine (0-02, 0-01f) for Tubridy (57), Ciaran Downes for Lillis (64), Podge Collins for McMahon (66), Conor Jordan for P. Collins (70), Darragh McDonagh for Doherty (79), Ciaran Morrissey for Brennan (80), Joe McGann for Cooney (80)

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)