Curran proves Deise hero
Cathal Curran hit the winning score as Waterford defeated holders Clare at Cusack Park, Ennis last night.
The hosts enjoyed a wind-assisted two-point lead at the break (1-8 to 1-6), with Shane O'Donnell netting a fine goal in the third minute.
The visitors replied through Darragh Flynn's rebound goal in the 14th and Clare then lost Shane Liddy to a serious leg injury.
Goals from Bobby Duggan and Shane O'Donnell helped Clare to lead late in the second half but Waterford hit back in injury-time with points from Stephen Bennett to force extra-time.
At half-time in extra-time Waterford led by 1-19 to 3-10. But the hosts brought it level before Curran's winner at the death.
Scorers -- Waterford: S Bennett 0-7 (1f), D Flynn 1-2 (0-1f), M Harney 0-4, C Curran 0-2, K Power, S McNulty (1f), D Foran, A O'Sullivan, A Gleeson 0-1 each. Clare: B Duggan 1-8 (8f), S O'Donnell 2-0, C Deasy, A Morey 0-2 each, S Taylor 0-1.
Clare -- E Quilligan; S O'Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; B Corry, S Liddy, S Taylor; B Duggan, C Deasy, S O'Donnell. Subs: N Deasy for Liddy (12), S Gleeson for N Deasy (38), S Ward for Corry (43), A O'Gorman for Cleary (68), M McGuane for Quirke (66), C Cleary for Gleeson (70).
Waterford -- S Barry; K Bennett, T Bourke, Shane Bennett; K Power, S McNulty, T Devine; C Sheahan, C Leamy; D Foran, M Harney, A O'Sullivan; Stephen Bennett, D Flynn, C Curran. Subs: J Roche for K Bennett (h-t), A Gleeson for O'Sullivan (45), MJ Kearney for Curran (48), T Tobin for Sheahan (64), C Curran for Flynn (66), J Welch for Leamy (70), W Hallisey for S Bennett (78).
Ref -- F Horgan (Tipperary).