GAA reviews – Clare got back on track in the Munster championship with a fine 9-point win over Derek McGrath’s Waterford on Sunday afternoon.
Peter Duggan and Tony Kelly combined with a total of 1-16 for the Banner who get off the mark following last weekends defeat away to Cork. Waterford had their opening of the campaign were minus key player Pauric Mahony and Austin Gleeson, they were dealt further blows in this game as De Burca, Noel Connors, Darragh Fives and Barry Coughlan all went off injured.
The game began though with Waterford making a superb start. They opted to play with the wind and took advantage of that when they led by 1-04 to 0-3 after the opening quarter. The goal came from a long puck out by Stephen O’Keeffe which was caught by Tom Devine who ran through and had his shot saved by Donal Tuohy, only for Maurice Shanahan to step up and fire the ball to the net. De Burca then went off injured, before Clare started to make their presence felt, Duggan fired a penalty to the net after Conlon was fouled, and a few minutes later the Clonlara club man grabbed a goal of his own to increase the Banner lead, Clare went on to score four unanswered points in a row than with Duggan hitting three of them to give Clare a 2-10 to 1-06 lead with half time approaching. Waterford to their credit hit three of the next four points before half time, to decrease the lead to 2-11 to 1-09 at the break, however inspirational corner back Noel Connors was forced off due to injury during a helter skelter end to the half.
Tony Kelly was in superb form for the Banner and got them off to a great start landing points from all angles before Waterford stemmed the Banner tide with a goal from Tommy Ryan. Waterford were then hit by some injuries with Coughlan and Fives forced off with injury, they were then dealt a further blow with Kevin Moran shown a red card by referee Paud O’Dwyer. Stephen Bennett tried hard when introduced for Waterford with two points, but once again Kelly and Conlon came up trumps to drive on Clare to a much-needed win.
Clare: Donal Tuohy; Jack Browne, David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor; David Fitzgerald (0-01), Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan (0-02); Colm Galvin (0-02), Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan (1-10, 1-00 Pen, 0-09f, 0-01’65), Tony Kelly (0-06), David Reidy (0-01); Conor McGrath (0-01), John Conlon (1-03), Shane O’Donnell (0-01)
Subs: Podge Collins for McGrath (60), Seadna Morey for Malone (64), Niall Deasy for Reidy (65), Mikey O’Neill for O’Donnell (67), Daragh Corry for Conlon (68)
Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Barry Coughlan, Shane Fives, Noel Connors; Philip Mahony (0-01), Tadhg de Burca (0-01), Darragh Fives; Jamie Barron (0-01), Conor Gleeson (0-01); Kevin Moran (0-01), Maurice Shanahan (1-06, 0-06f), Jake Dillon (0-02); Michael Walsh, Tom Devine (0-01), Shane McNulty
Subs: Colm Roche for de Burca (14, inj), Stephen Bennett (0-02) for Connors (HT, inj), DJ Foran (0-01) for Walsh (HT), Tommy Ryan (1-01) for D. Fives (38, inj), Ian Kenny for Coughlan (45, inj)