Monday 16 December 2019

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Clare 3-20 Waterford 2-12

Clare’s William Hahessy attempts to get away from Danny Russell of Waterford in the Munster IHC semi-final. Photo: Sportsfile
Clare’s William Hahessy attempts to get away from Danny Russell of Waterford in the Munster IHC semi-final. Photo: Sportsfile
Colin Crehan shoots past Waterford's Seamus Keating to score the second Clare goal. Photo: Sportsfile
DJ Foran

Jackie Cahill

Donal Moloney's Clare intermediates salvaged some pride for the Banner County from Thurles yesterday with a clinical display to see off Waterford by 11 points in the Munster semi-final.

The full-forward line of Danny Russell, Ryan Taylor and Colin Crehan proved too hot to handle as they contributed 3-6 from play - 1-2 for each of the inside men.

Clare recovered from a sluggish start to set up a Munster final clash with Limerick or Tipperary on July 6 and, on this evidence, they'll take some stopping.

Despite the best efforts of DJ Foran, Waterford were second best as Shane captain Shane McGrath led the way in the scoring stakes for Clare with a haul of seven points, including six placed balls.

Foran's recent club form for Portlaw has led to speculation that he's on the verge of a senior call-up and he did his prospects no harm at all with 2-4 from play, all but one point in the first half.

Clare reacted by whipping off full-back Barry Fitzpatrick, who couldn't handle the Waterford skipper, and pushing Eoin Quirke from corner-back to the edge of the square.

Foran won the first ball that came his way in the second half ahead of Quirke and pointed but as the supply inside dried up, so too did the Waterford captain's influence.

Clare won pulling up but they were seven points down early in the first half before turning up the heat.

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Waterford, with Foran prominent, roared into a 1-5 to 0-1 advantage but Clare were 2-10 to 2-7 clear at half-time, with Taylor and Crehan scoring their goals.

Foran grabbed Seamus Keating's free before lashing home his opening goal in the eighth minute and he struck again a minute before the break to keep the Déise in touch after Clare came storming back.

Foran's point cut the gap back to just two early in the second half but Clare recovered and won the second half by 1-10 to 0-5.

Russell's 36th-minute goal ended the game as a contest after he picked goalkeeper Gavin Power's pocket to convert from close range.

Clare are now through to a first Munster intermediate final since 2012.

Scorers - Clare: S McGrath 0-7 (5f, 1 65), D Russell, R Taylor & C Crehan 1-2 each, O Donnellan & M O'Malley 0-2 each, J McCarthy, D Conroy & R Hayes 0-1 each.
Waterford: DJ Foran 2-4, D Gartland 0-4f, M Harney, S Keating, A Molumby & T Waring 0-1 each.
CLARE - D Vaughan; E Quirke, B Fitzpatrick, C Cooney; D Walsh, A McGuane, J McCarthy; D Conroy, K Hehir; O Donnellan, S McGrath, D Corry; D Russell, R Taylor, C Crehan. Subs: R Hayes for Fitzpatrick (h-t), M O'Malley for Corry (45), M O'Neill for McGrath (51), B O'Gorman for Hehir (54), C Moloney for Donnellan (56).
WATERFORD - G Power; W Hahessy, N Fives, K Bennett; M Harney, C Prunty, B O'Keeffe; S Keating, M O'Brien; A Molumby, D Gartland, J Henley; T Waring, DJ Foran, P Hogan. Subs: JP Lucey for Molumby (h-t) D Ryan for Fives (36), E O'Halloran for Waring (46), R Flynn for Henley (48), C Breathnach for Gartland (56).
Ref - J McCormack (Tipperary)

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