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Joe Quaid: “Limerick problems comes home to roost… Clare devoid of a game plan in forward line”

Shane Stapleton and Joe Quaid review Limerick’s 0-36 to 1-23 win over Clare — as well as the performances of Tony Kelly and Geaoid Hegarty

Shane Stapleton and Joe Quaid review Limerick’s 0-36 to 1-23 win over Clare — as well as the performances of Tony Kelly and Geaoid Hegarty.

Limerick coasted past Clare to win the league title and earn a Munster semi-final date with Tipperary next weekend.

Gearoid Hegarty was outstanding at wing-forward and scored 0-5 from play, while Tony Kelly totalled an amazing 0-17 during the 70 minutes.

Former Treaty goalkeeper Joe Quaid joined Shane Stapleton to review the action, and wondered about the high-scoring fare.

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Limerick hit 0-36 to the Banner’s 1-23, with Quid quipping that “we got the sack from Westmeath last year after Cork scored 40 points against us!”.

Quaid wondered if this will feel like a real championship at all, given the lack of atmosphere, the high scoring, and the muted reaction of the players at the end of the game.

John Kiely was rocked by two key injures this year, as both Richie English and Mike Casey picked up serious knee issues.

Dan Morrissey and Barry Nash took up their spots in the last line of defence, with Quaid suggesting that some of problems came home to roost for the 2018 All-Ireland champions.

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As for Clare, who were heavily reliant on Kelly, Quaid spoke of them being “devoid of a game plan in the forward line” outside of the Ballyea sharpshooter getting on the ball.

He questioned the positioning of David Reidy at centre-forward, and the overall quality of the panel at the disposal of Brian Lohan.

Limerick scorers: A Gillane (0-12, 9 frees, 1 65); G Hegarty (0-5); T Morrissey (0-4); P Casey, K Hayes, D Byrnes (0-3 each); G Mulcahy (0-2); C Lynch, D Hannon, S Flanagan, P Ryan (0-1 each).

Clare scorers: T Kelly (0-17, 9 frees); R Taylor (1-1); D Ryan, C Malone (0-2 each); S O’Halloran (0-1).

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