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Clare under-21s remain on course for four-in-a-row with epic win over Waterford

Published 15/07/2015 | 21:03

15 July 2015; Conor Cleary, Clare, in action against Tom Devine, Waterford. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA u21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Conor Cleary, Clare, in action against Tom Devine, Waterford. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA u21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Colin Dunford, Waterford. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA u21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Bobby Duggan, Clare, in action against Austin Gleeson, Waterford. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA u21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Patrick Curran, Waterford, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Clare. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA u21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Bobby Duggan, Clare, in action against Austin Gleeson, Waterford. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA u21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Kieran Bennett, Waterford, in action against David Conroy, Clare. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA U21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Waterford selector John Mullane reacts during the game. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA U21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Patrick Curran, Waterford, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Clare. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA U21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Colin Dunford, Waterford. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA U21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Waterford selector John Mullane. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA U21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Clare manager Donal Moloney. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA U21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2015; Waterford manager Derek Lyons, right, and assistant manager Tony Browne in conversation before the game. Bord G?is Energy Munster GAA U21 Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Clare continue to dominate the Munster under-21 hurling championship after a 0-23 to 1-18 win over Waterford saw them qualify or another provincial decider.

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Waterford, with the likes of Austin Gleeson, Tadhg de Burca, Colin Dunford and Patrick Curran in their ranks, were favourites for the game but the Banner prevailed.

Half-forwards Bobby Duggan and Ian Galvin were the heroes for victors contributing 19 points between them.

 Duggan scored seven points in the opening half but the favourites shaded it thanks to the exploits of Austin Gleeson and Patrick Curran they led by 0-11 to 0-10 at the break.

The pendulum swung in the hosts favour after the restart as they hit six of the first seven points of the half. Duggan and Ian Galvin were causing a lot of problems for the Deise defence.

Gleeson broke the momentum with a '65 and suddenly Waterford were back in ascendancy as Colin Dunford's point was added to with a goal from Patrick Curran.

Galvin equalised and his fellow wing-forward Duggan fired over three points to give the hosts the advantage with just four minutes on the clock.

Curran made things nervy with a free from the sideline but it was apt that man-of-the-match Duggan hit the insurance score in the first minute of injury time.

Austin Gleeson had a late chance from a 21-yard free but Clare managed to block it away and the resultant free was sent over instead of dropped in and the game was over.

Tipperary and Limerick play in the second semi-final tomorrow night.

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