Smyth puts seal on Clare victory
Clare 0-17 Waterford 0-15
Late points from Conner Hegarty, Dylan Downes and Keith Smyth saw Clare over the line in a tense curtain raiser in Walsh Park that was level seven times.
The Banner inside forwards produced 0-12 between them. All six members of their attack got on the scoresheet in open play.
Waterford led 0-5 to 0-3 when Reuben Halloran fired a penalty over the bar, but they only managed two points from play in the opening half and Clare hit back to lead 0-10 to 0-9 at the break.
The contest see-sawed before Hegarty and Downes gave the Banner a three-point cushion late on. Johnny Burke and Aaron Ryan cut the deficit to one deep into injury-time before Smyth sealed victory.
Scorers - Clare: K Smyth 0-5 (4fs); C Hegarty 0-4; D Cahill 0-3; C Galvin (f), T Butler, S Meehan, O O'Donnell, D Downes 0-1 each. Waterford: A Ryan 0-9 (8fs); R Halloran (1f, 1 pen), J Burke 0-2 each; J Gleeson, M Cummins 0-1 each.
Clare - A Shanahan; S Devanney, A Hogan, C McGroary; J Collins, C O Meara, T Butler; O Clune, K O'Connor; S Meehan, C Galvin, O O'Donnell; C Hegarty, D Cahill, Keith Smyth. Subs: D Downes for O'Connor (41), S Ronan for O'Donnell (61).
Waterford - R Hogan; J O'Floinn, S O'Neill, C Daly; R Fitzpatrick, R Furlong, R Halloran; S Burke, E O'Brien; J Gleeson, A Ryan, T Loftus; J Burke, C Mac Craith, M Cummins. Subs: M Fitzgerald for Loftus (h-t), C Walsh for Fitzpatrick (h-t), J Power for O'Brien (39), J Foley for Gleeson (48), C Berry for Cummins (57),
Ref - J McCormack (Tipperary)