Limerick's hopes of a place in the Irish Daily Star Division 1 Semi-Final were ended by a heavy 2-11 to 0-3 defeat to Clare in Clonlara on Wednesday evening.
The two sides had met ten days previously in a tight encounter in Kilmallock which Clare won by two points to force the three way playoff that also involved Galway.
Clare came into the game with momentum having won the first playoff game against All-Ireland champions Galway but as in Kilmallock the opening quarter was very tight with the sides level on 0-1 a piece until the 21st minute, when Ellen Horgan scored a goal after good work from Nikki Kaiser and Laura McMahon. This galvanised Clare who added three points to lead by 1-4 to 0-1 at half time.
Limerick were still very much in the game but a spectacular solo goal by Orlaith Duggan early in the second half gave Limerick a mountain to climb to get back in the match.
Nikki Kaiser and Laura McMahon kept the scoreboard ticking over and they finished with seven points between them, while Niamh Ryan was Limerick’s sole scorer with three frees leaving the score at the final whistle Clare 2-11 Limerick 0-3.
As Clare, with two wins, have secured a semi-final clash with Cork, the final scheduled playoff game between Limerick and Galway, which is now a dead rubber, will not now take place.
Limerick Camogie fans can be very proud of the girls achievement in getting this far in the competition in their first season back in Division 1. The experience of playing the country's top teams will stand to the girls as they focus on the Intermediate Championship campaign, which kicks off away to Kildare on 21st June and the Munster Senior Championship Semi-Final on May 10th.
In the meantime we also look forward to a weekend of Semi-Finals as the Minors face Galway in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday at 2pm in Corrofin and the following day the Junior team face Tyrone in the Division 4 Semi-Final in Edenderry also at 2pm.
Clare: Nikki Kaiser 0-4, Laura McMahon 0-3, Orlaith Duggan 1-0, Ellen Horgan 1-0, Chloe Morey 0-2, Kate Lynch 0-1, Caitriona Hennessy 0-1
Limerick: Niamh Ryan 0-3 (3F)
1. Sile Moynihan (Ahane), 2. Fiona Hickey - Captain (Granagh Ballingarry), 3. Michelle Casey (Killeedy), 4. Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), 5. Katie Campbell (Na Piarsaigh), 6. Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry), 7. Claire Mulcahy (Ahane), 8. Marguerita McCarthy (Ahane), 9. Mary O'Callaghan (Bruff), 10. Niamh Ryan (Bruff), 11. Aoife Sheehan )Granagh Ballingarry), 12. Meadhbh O'Neill (Galbally), 13. Mairead Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry), 14. Dymphna O'Brien (Killeedy), 15. Kristy Carroll (Galbally)
16. Janet Garvey (Tournafulla), 17. Noreen Barry (Killeedy), 18. Lisa Scanlon (Killeedy), 19. Caitrin De Bhal (Feenagh Kilmeedy), 20. Sarah Crotty (Ahane), 21. Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), 22. Emma Quaid (Croagh Kilfinny)