Clare came from behind to overcome Limerick 0-21 to 1-16 in a tense and dramatic Division 1B National Hurling League final at the Gaelic Grounds.
Clare were trailing 1-14 to 0-9 in the 44th minute, but a fantastic display in the final quarter saw them clinch victory with two points in injury time. The win will see Clare play hurling in the top tier in 2013 and it has also booked them a place in the Division 1 semi-finals against Kilkenny on April 22nd.
Despite going 0-2 to -01 up in the early stages, Clare were outplayed by Limerick for the better part of the game. Tom Condon was in excellent form in defence for the Treaty county, while Shane Dowling was looking dangerous up front.
Clare were not going to give up however, and they hit a run of good form halfway through the second half, which allowed them to trail by only three points at the interval, with the score at 0-11 to 0-8.
Limerick continued to dominate throughout the early stages of the second half, and soon went 1-14 to 0-9 up thanks to some good scores and a penalty from Dowling.
Despite all of their dominance however, they were unable to press home their advantage and Clare began to fight their way back into the game.
Clare scored seven unanswered points by the time Limerick responded, but by that stage the Banner county was really in the ascendancy.
The game was tied in the final minutes, but two points from Nicky O’Connell and Conor McGrath sealed the win for Clare in injury time.