Downes sets Clare up for stroll
Clare 0-13 Waterford 0-7
NOEL DOWNES pointed the way as Clare beat Waterford in a disappointing semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds.
Downes put the Banner ahead after two minutes but Gavin Crotty levelled for Waterford three minutes later.
Once Cian Malone had Clare's second point to put them in front again, they never relinquished the lead. After 12 minutes Clare were 0-6 to 0-1 in the clear and they led 0-7 to 0-4 at the end of a poor first half.
It was one-way traffic in the second half, with Clare in total command. They built up a 0-13 to 0-5 lead before corner-forward Ed Hogan had two late points for Waterford, who were unable to match their winning performance against Limerick in the quarter-final.
Full-forward Downes was top-scorer for Clare and he put over five of their points, while lively corner-forward Paudge McMahon tormented the Waterford defence and he scored three quality points from play and another from a free.
Clare's defence stood firm early on to create the platform for the win with Paul O'Connor dominant at centre-back and Conor Ryan and Keith King at midfield, with Paul Reidy doing well in the half-forward line.
Waterford never got into the game and despite the best efforts of Adam O'Loughlin and Hogan they exited tamely.
Scorers -- Clare: N Downes 0-5, P McMahon 0-4 (1f), P Reidy 0-3 (1f), C Malone 0-1. Waterford: E Hogan 0-3 (2f), G Crotty 0-2, D Power, A O'Loughlin 0-1 each.
Clare -- P Deloughrey; E Ralph, D Kelly, D Hickey; S Hickey, P O'Connor, S Malone; C Ryan, K King; P Reidy, D Molohan, C Dunning; P McMahon, N Downes, C Malone. Subs: N Hickey for Malone (h-t), I McInerney for Molohan (h-t), S Cormican for Dunning (51), K Cahill for Reidy (52), E Talty for Malone (57).
Waterford -- P Houlihan; J Walsh, D Prendergast, G Dunphy; S Lannon, E Rockett, R Hennessy; R Cahill, A O'Loughlin; P Power, G Crotty, D Power; E Hogan, M Casey, J Coffey. Subs: M Walsh for Lannon (h-t), M O'Gorman for Casey (39), P Larkin for Hennessy and S Ryan for P Power (both 58).
Ref -- D Joy (Kerry).