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Foley seals Deise fightback

Having been 11 points in arrears at half-time, Waterford came back to gain a one-point win over Clare at Sixmilebridge yesterday.

The Deise will now face Cork in the decider after Davy Fitzgerald, the Waterford manager, thwarted his old team-mate Ger 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin, the Clare manager.

Five points apiece after 18 minutes, Clare recorded 2-7, to go in 2-12 to 0-7 ahead. Goals by Cathal McInerney and Fergal Lynch five minutes later opened up the Waterford back-line.

But Fitzgerald's men never panicked and after the interval they set about overturning the huge lead. A goal from a 20-metre free by talisman Richie Foley in the 40th minute began a period that saw Waterford dominate.

A second goal by corner-forward Shane Casey in the 56th minute put the visitors 2-16 to 2-14 in front. Despite a late Colin Ryan point for Clare to regain the lead briefly, Waterford took the honours thanks to two injury-time pointed frees by Foley.

Scorers -- Waterford: R Foley 1-11 (1-8f, 2 '65), S Casey 1-3, S Molumphy 0-2, S Walsh, G Crotty, S Prendergast 0-1 each. Clare: N O'Connell 0-6 (3f, 1 '65), C McGrath (3f) 0-6, C McInerney 1-1, F Lynch 1-0, J Conlon 0-2, D McMahon, J McInerney (1f), C Ryan 0-1 each.

Waterford -- C Hennessy; F McGrath, J Maher, D Fives; S O'Sullivan, M Walsh, J Nagle; S Molumphy, E McGrath; S Prendergast, R Foley, P Mahony; B O'Halloran, S Walsh, S Casey. Subs: G Crotty for E McGrath (35), C Ryan for F McGrath (h-t).

Clare -- P Brennan; M Earley, C Dillon, J Gunning; C O'Doherty, J McInerney, L Markham; N O'Connell, D O'Donovan; F Lynch, J Conlon, C Ryan; C McGrath, D McMahon, C McInerney. Subs: C Morey for Markham (59), C Chaplin for Gunning (65), G Quinn for O'Doherty (67).

Ref -- J Ryan (Tipperary).

Irish Independent