Saturday 25 November 2017

Lynch and Guilfoyle torment Deise

Clare 2-21, Waterford 0-16

GARY GUILFOYLE and Aidan Lynch contributed 2-9 between them as Clare hammered Waterford at Semple Stadium to set up a semi-final meeting with Cork on June 23.

Lynch's goal separated the sides at half-time, as Clare led by 1-9 to 0-9. Lynch, scorer of 1-2 before the break, appeared as if he was going to pull first time on Jarlath Colleran's bouncing pass but after getting the ball into his hand, he unleashed a stunning finish.

Waterford had four of their six starting forwards on target in the opening half but the Deise never looked like raising a green flag. Clare were never troubled during the second half as they outscored the Deise by 1-12 to 0-7. The points flowed freely and Guilfoyle scored Clare's second goal five minutes from time with a glorious ground-stroke into the top corner of the netting.

"It was a lot easier than we expected," said Clare selector Donal Moloney. "In the first 10 minutes, there was a real intent about Waterford but our guys worked phenomenally hard and wanted it a bit more on the day."

Scorers – Clare: G Guilfoyle 1-5 (0-4fs), A Lynch 1-4, C Malone 0-5, P Sheehan 0-3, M O'Neill 0-2, N Arthur, C O'Connell 0-1 each. Waterford: K Fitzgerald 0-8 (0-7fs), S Roche 0-3, C Heffernan 0-2, E Murphy, S Ryan, J Lyons 0-1 each.

CLARE – K Hogan; K Ryan, D Corry, J Browne; E Boyce, C Cleary, C Chaplin; P Sheehan, J Colleran; G Guilfoyle, M O'Neill, C Malone; N Arthur, A Lynch, D Reidy. Subs: C O'Connell for N Arthur (41), K Lynch for Boyce (50), J Guilfoyle for Colleran (52), G O'Connell for Sheehan (56), G Arthur for G Guilfoyle (58).

WATERFORD – D Duggan; C Walsh, S O'Keeffe, Shane Roche; J Roche, K Power, S Kearney; E Murphy, Shane Ryan; C Heffernan, J Lyons, J Power; K Fitzgerald, Stephen Roche, R Donnelly. Subs: C Curran for J Power (21), R Power for Donnelly (33), Sean Ryan for Shane Ryan (36), K Casey for Lyons (57), T Curran for J Roche (59).

Ref – J O'Brien (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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