Sunday 18 February 2018

Clare weather storm to put inexperienced Waterford side to the sword

Clare 1-20 Waterford 1-9

Waterford’s Brian Nolan attempts to get away from Clare duo Paul Flanagan (right) and Darach Honan in Carriganore. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Waterford’s Brian Nolan attempts to get away from Clare duo Paul Flanagan (right) and Darach Honan in Carriganore. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Clare's John Conlon and Kieran Bennett of Waterford struggle for possession. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Colin Ryan, John Conlon and Darach Honan inspired a resounding win for Clare at a wet and windy Carriganore as the visitors exploited an inexperienced Waterford outfit.

Davy Fitzgerald leaned on six of last year's championship team and that policy paid off for the Banner boss who was content with the victory afterwards.

"I'm happy with the lads, they played really well," he said.

"We are in the middle of hard training, the same as Waterford are.

"The Munster league is about how you use it.

"We had some of our first team players out there and we use it as part of our training.

"Waterford probably did it differently, they used it to sort out their panel. You won't judge anything on today."

Clare knuckled down despite shooting four wides in the opening exchanges.

Midfielder David Reidy cut in from the left wing on 12 minutes and his effort trickled past Paddy Cooke at the near post.


Seven points in a row, five from Ryan and two from Conlon, gave them a 1-9 to 0-2 cushion. Waterford reacted when Thomas Ryan ripped open the Clare back line 10 minutes before the break to set up Andy Molumby who finished calmly to the net.

The away side slotted another three singles however to depart 1-12 to 1-3 ahead.

Michael O'Malley's solo point at the start of the second period helped Clare develop a 13-point lead.

Tony Kelly and Cathal O'Connell were introduced and added their names to the scoresheet.

Molumby nearly grabbed a second goal for Waterford when he seized on a Donal Tuohy puck-out but a cynical tackle by David McInerney halted his run and Thomas Ryan opted for a point.

The Tallow free-taker emerged as Waterford's leading performer among an experimental selection, and manager Derek McGrath will hope that the run-out will stand to them in the months ahead.

Clare move forward to the final of the Munster SHL on January 31.

Scorers - Clare: C Ryan 0-7 (4fs, 1 '65), J Conlon 0-5, D Honan 0-4, D Reidy 1-0, M O'Malley 0-2, T Kelly, C O'Connell 0-1 each. Waterford: T Ryan 0-7 (6fs), A Molumby 1-0, P Prendergast, B Nolan 0-1 each.

Clare -D Tuohy; E O'Brien, J Browne, P Flanagan; C Dillon, D McInerney, C Cleary; G O'Connell, D Reidy; P Duggan, C Ryan, B Duggan; M O'Malley, D Honan, J Conlon.

Subs: T Kelly for P Duggan (h-t), C O'Connell for B Duggan (53), D Fitzgerald for Conlon (60), D Conroy for O'Connell (62), E Quirke for McInerney (66).

Waterford - P Cooke; J Henley, K Bennett, R Brown; S Ryan, P Prendergast, F McGrath; H Barnes, M O'Brien; M Harney, T Ryan, S Keating; A Molumby, C Guiry, B Nolan. Subs: E Madigan for Keating (50), T Waring for Guiry (56)

REF - J O'Brien (Tipperary)

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