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Masterful Clare book final place

Clare reached their first All-Ireland Hurling final since 2002 with a sparkling display at Croke Park, where they mastered Munster neighbours Limerick by 1-22 to 0-18.

Davy Fitzgerald's Banner heroes led all the way, buoyed by an early goal from Darach Honan, to set up a meeting with another Munster side, Cork, in the decider on September 8.

Colin Ryan laid on a finishing master-class, hitting 11 points, nine of them from frees, on a day when his side could do no wrong.

Tony Kelly was another who stamped his class on the contest, hitting four scores from play to cap a wonderful display.

Clare led by seven points at half-time, and although Shane Dowling narrowed the gap with a string of frees, Limerick never looked like getting the better of their in-form opponents.

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