UEFA Regions Cup
Eoin Hayes struck either side of half-time as Gerry Davis’s side got the three points they needed as Spanish representatives Castilla y León went from 2-0 up to surprisingly lose 3-2 to Russia side South Region in the other group game.
Clare’s Stephen Kelly had opened the scoring after steering the ball home following a Jimmy Carr corner but Olomouc’s Petr Navrátil levelled ten minutes before the break.
Hayes then showed his finishing qualities to restore the Irish lead just four minutes later and then turned the ball home after getting in behind the Czech defence six minutes into the second half.
Carr then capped an excellent individual display with a brilliant individual goal in the 83rd minute.
This will be the third time an Irish side will appear in the final after Eastern Region captured the trophy two years ago in Dublin while Leinster & Munster were unfortunate to lose out in the final in Portugal in 2011.
Region 2: O’Connell, Higgins, Hoey, Kelly (Griffin 85), Horgan, Carr, Stack, O’Donovan (Gannon 69), Hayes, O’Connell, Daly-Butz (Smith 63).