Tuesday 19 March 2019

Clare to benefit from Walsh Park 'dry run' after toss loss

Home truths: Playing Clare in Walsh Park will give Waterford an advantage, says Kevin Moran. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Home truths: Playing Clare in Walsh Park will give Waterford an advantage, says Kevin Moran. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Clare will have a Walsh Park 'dry run' with a 3pm throw-in on Saturday after they lost the toss for home venue for their Allianz league hurling quarter-final against Waterford.

With their May 12 championship date in mind at the 11,000-capacity venue, Clare are unlikely to be too put out about experiencing the feel of the place where Waterford came late to beat Galway on Sunday.

Wexford were already committed to playing in Galway in one of the other quarter-finals in Pearse Stadium, also on Saturday (1.30) while Tipperary will host Dublin in Semple Stadium on the same day (4.30).

With a full football league programme going ahead, Sunday an inter-county exclusion zone to allow for the St Patrick's Day senior club finals, and no appetite for Bank Holiday Monday fixtures, there'll be 20 games played off through Saturday.

Waterford are determined to make home advantage count after being forced out of the city last year to play in the Gaelic Grounds and Semple Stadium due to capacity issues.

"It's a big boost," admitted the versatile Kevin Moran who spent last Sunday picking up Joe Canning in defence.

"It didn't work out last year with the way things fell and it's so difficult with the calibre of teams. So any little nugget you can get, like home advantage, is a big one for us. We'll see how the rest of the league goes.

Moran admitted to feeling "fresh" after last year's early exit.

"Last year was a really disappointing year so the hunger after such a short and disappointing year is still there.

"That's the main thing and if it's still there it's a good sign. A win like that against one of the top teams in the country (Galway) really boosts morale individually and collectively, so we are looking forward to the next few weeks."

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