Sparrow's Clare get off to a flyer
Waterford IT 1-9
Ger 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin got his managerial career with Clare off to a good start at Meelick when his side had a hard-earned win against Waterford IT in the Waterford Crystal hurling cup.
And it was O'Loughlin's decision to send in Mark Flaherty as a substitute that proved crucial as Flaherty scored the last three points from frees.
Waterford IT, behind by a point, 0-7 to 0-6, at the interval, drew level eight minutes from the end when Ray McLoughney blasted to the Clare net.
Gerry Quinn marked his first appearance for Clare since being omitted for a breach of discipline by Mike McNamara in the middle of last year's league with a point twelve minutes into the second half, before Flaherty sealed the victory.
Scorers -- Clare: C Ryan 0-5 (3f), M Flaherty 0-3 (3f), J Conlon, A O'Brien 0-2 each, M O Murphy, G Quinn, F Lynch 0-1 each.Waterford IT: R McLoughney 1-2 (0-1f), T Hammersley 0-4 (2f), F O'Leary 0-2, K. Grehan 0-1.
Clare -- P Brennan; P Vaughan, C Dillon, A Brigdale; D O'Donovan, B O'Connell, G Quinn; P Donnellan, D McMahon; J Conlon, G O'Grady, A O'Brien; M O Murphy, F Lynch, C Ryan.
Subs: M Flaherty for McMahon (40), D Barrett for Donnellan (46), J Cusack for Ryan (50), A Markham for O'Grady (57).
Waterford IT -- A Power; B Kenny, W Hutchinson, N Connors; S Fives, E Barrett, PJ Rowe; K Grehan, M Molloy; J Gahon, F O'Leary, R Good; R McLoughney, t hammersley, S Power. Subs: B Johnston for Power (19), W O'Dwyer for Gahon (56).
Ref -- C McAllister (Cork).