Friday 31 October 2014

Meaney's inspirational switch lights up Deise

Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-11

Published 10/04/2014 | 02:30

9 April 2014; Sean Hogan, Waterford, in action against Jason McCarthy, Clare. Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship, Quarter-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Sean Hogan, Waterford, in action against Jason McCarthy, Clare
9 April 2014; Eddie Meaney, Waterford, celebrates with team-mate Peter Hogan, left, after scoring his side's goal. Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship, Quarter-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Eddie Meaney, Waterford, celebrates with team-mate Peter Hogan, left, after scoring his side's goal
9 April 2014; Brian Guilfoyle, Clare, in action against Conor Prunty, Waterford. Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship, Quarter-Final, Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Brian Guilfoyle, Clare, in action against Conor Prunty, Waterford

A late surge by All-Ireland champions Waterford saw them overcome Clare in the quarter-finals at Cusack Park, Ennis.

The Deise side found themselves behind from the third to the 55th minutes of this Munster MHC tie.

But an inspired substitution – bringing Eddie Meaney into the attack for the last 10 minutes – saw the De La Salle clubman score a goal and a point to help his team over the line. Clare led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break and should really have been further ahead at that stage – poor shooting proving costly as they clocked up seven wides.

A further tally of six in the second period allowed Waterford to storm back and a powerful finish in the final seven minutes in front of a crowd of 1,405 produced 1-5 to no score.

With five minutes remaining, Waterford corner-back Darragh Lyons fired over the equaliser from distance to level it at 0-11 apiece.

A Peter Hogan effort gave the visitors the lead and when Meaney toe-poked to the net after a furious goalmouth scramble on 58 minutes, Waterford had well and truly turned the tide.

Patrick Curran fired over an insurance point in injury-time to see his side safely through to the semi-final.

Scorers – Waterford: P Curran 0-7 (6fs), E Meaney 1-1, D Lyons, S Bennett (f), E O'Halloran, S Ryan, P Hogan (0-1) each. Clare: A Shanagher 0-7 (6fs, 1 '65), I Galvin, M O'Shea 0-2 each.

Waterford – B Nolan; D Prendergast, E Hayden, D Lyons; C Prunty, S Bennett, S Murray; C Gleeson, E O'Halloran; J Allen, C Curran, S Ryan (capt); P Hogan, P Curran, A Molumby. Subs: S Hogan for Allen (24), M Cronin for Molumby (38), J Mullaney for O'Halloran (49), E Meaney for Ryan (49), J Kennedy for C Curran (60).

Clare – J Loughnane; J McCarthy, S Downey, R Hayes; S Fitzgerald, D Walsh (capt), J Arthur; M O'Malley, G Whyte; I Galvin, M O'Shea, D Chaplin; P McNamara, A Shanagher, B Guilfoyle. Subs: C Fitzgerald for Whyte (h-t), C Quigley for O'Shea (52), C O'Halloran for O'Malley (inj, 56).

Ref – J Murphy (Limerick)

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