Waterford 0-31 Clare 1-14
Waterford booked their place in the league semi-final with a commanding 14 point over Clare on Saturday afternoon in Walsh Park. The Pauric Fanning managed side will now meet Galway who themselves had a convincing win. The second half performance was very impressive and Waterford supporters will be delighted with it.
Waterford trailed by two points at the break. The hosts outscored Clare by 0-20 to 0-04 in a devastating display. Ballsaggart man Stephen Bennett once again shot the lights out with 0-16, while the impressive Pauric Mahony hit five points, along with Mount Sion man Austin Gleeson who also raised five white flags. Clare had the aid of a strong wind in the first, but they only were two points ahead at the break 1-10 to 0-11. Mahony, Gleeson and Roche got on the board early for the Deise, while Tony Kelly and Peter Duggan drove the Banner on with scores. Duggan grabbed the goal on 15 minutes which meant Clare led b 5 points at that stage, however Bennett hit five frees which brought Waterford right back into contention.
It was all square within 2 minutes of the restart, Bennett and Hogan pointing. Hogan gave Waterford the lead soon after, a lead they would not hand back to Clare. Peter Duggan scored a nice point on 43 minutes for Clare, however they would only add on three more points in the half, two from Duggan and one from Kelly as Waterford took control, with Bennett, Gleeson and Mahony all coming to the fore. Clare had two players sent off at the end of game with Conor Cleary receiving a straight red for a high challenge on Stephen Bennett, while Peter Duggan was also dismissed on a second yellow. The sides will meet in less than 2 months time in Munster.
Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe, Shane McNulty (0-1), Callum Lyons , Noel Connors, Colm Roche (0-1), Philip Mahony, Kevin Moran, Jamie Barron, Jack Prendergast, Austin Gleeson (0-5), Pauric Mahony (0-5), Mikey Kearney, Shane Bennett (0-1 lineball) , Stephen Bennett (0-16, 0-14f), Peter Hogan (0-2).
Subs: Colin Dunford for Jack Prendergast (56m), Maurice Shanahan for Mikey Kearney 58m), Stephen Roche for Jamie Barron and D.J. Foran for Shane Bennett (66m), Michael Walsh for Austin Gleeson (69m).
Clare: Donal Tuohy, Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney, Jack Browne, Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary (0-1), Cathal Malone (0-2), Shane Golden, Colm Galvin, Peter Duggan (1-7, 0-6f, 1-0p, 0-1 lineball), Tony Kelly (0-3), Aidan McCarthy, Gary Cooney, Aaron Shanagher (0-1), Podge Collins.