Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19

Ronan Lynch scored 0-13 as Limerick claimed the Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under 21 hurling title with a three-point win over Clare at Cusack Park.

A dramatic encounter was decided by Limerick's passionate and purposeful second half performance when Lynch starred.

A thrilling opening period sprinkled with delightful scores eventually finished with Clare departing lead 0-12 to 0-10 at the interval.

John Kiely's hearty Limerick side, though, were worthy winners as midfielders Darragh O'Donovan and Pat Ryan made important contributions.

The first half was eventful loaded with excellent scores as both Clare and Limerick offered glimpses of their significant ability.

Two early points from David Dempsey and Darragh O'Donovan signalled Limerick's intent before Clare replied.

Centre forward Shane Gleeson (2), Shane O'Donnell, and Bobby Duggan all landed scores for the Banner.

But Limerick then enjoyed a productive burst reeling off six points without reply courtesy of Ronan Lynch (4), Robbie Hanley, and Dempsey as they led 0-08 to 0-04 after 23 minutes.

As the match continued at a blistering pace Clare summoned another flurry of scores themselves as Eoin Quirke, Bobby Duggan (2), David Conroy, and Ian Galvin rifled over points.

By the 29th minute the teams were deadlocked at 0-10 each, but on the stroke of half time Glesson and Duggan (free) nailed points as Clare hit the front.

When the action recommenced an excellent effort from Ian Galvin and a sweet sideline cut from Stephen Ward extended Clare's advantage.

Limerick continued to battle impressively with Lynch efficient in attack as the Na Piarsaigh youngster struck five points in a row as the Treatymen took a 0-15 to 0-14 lead.

Duggan levelled with a free, but Limerick were motoring smoothly as Ronan Lynch was clinical converting opportunities.

Clare required a stunning 52nd minute save from custodian Keith Hogan to deny a Cian Lynch goal attempt as Limerick were in the ascendancy.

Late on Clare required a goal, but Clare substitute Michael O'Malley's shot went over the bar before Limerick replacement Jack Kelliher sealed the deal with a fine point to set up an All Ireland semi-final meeting with Galway.

Limerick: D McCarthy; M O’Callaghan, R English, M Casey; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, G Hegarty; D O’Donovan (0-01), P Ryan (0-01); R Lynch (0-13, 8fs, 265s), R Hanley (0-01), D Dempsey (0-02); C Ryan (0-01), T Morrissey (0-01), C Lynch (0-01).

Subs: S Flanagan for Hegarty (34 mins), A La Touche Cosgrave for Hanley (35 mins), S Finn for O’Callaghan (44 mins), J Kelliher (0-01) for Morrissey (60 mins), D Condron for Dempsey (60 mins).

Clare: K Hogan; E Quirke (0-02), D Fitzgerald, S O’Brien; A McGuane, C Cleary, B O’Gorman; D Conroy (0-01), K Hehir; B Duggan (0-06, 5fs), S Gleeson (0-03), I Galvin (0-04); S O’Donnell (0-01), S Ward (0-01, sideline), R Taylor.

Subs: M O’Malley (0-01) for Gleeson (44 mins), N Deasy for Hehir (46 mins), D Moloney for Ward (53 mins), C Crehan for Taylor (59 mins).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary).