Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald says he is proud of this young side after they reached an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final for the first time since 2006.

Clare disposed of last year's runners-up Galway on a 1-23 to 2-14 scoreline to set up a semi-final with Munster champions Limerick. 

Fitzgerald told RTÉ sport: "Hats off to the young guys, any time Galway came back at us, we upped a gear and went again. I’m just very proud of the way they played.

Fitzgerald believed luck was on their side and that it wasn't a case that the game-plan was spot on. 

"Things worked out for us, that’s the way it went," he admitted.

"The lads fought hard. Let’s not read too much into that stuff, we got the breaks and things went right for us."

The focus will now be on their semi-final with the Treaty County and  Davy said it will be a massive game for his side. 

"I have a lot of respect for Limerick," he added.

"They’ll look forward to playing us, I have no doubt about that, and we’ll look forward to playing them."