Meaney's inspirational switch lights up Deise
Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-11
A late surge by All-Ireland champions Waterford saw them overcome Clare in the quarter-finals at Cusack Park, Ennis.
The Deise side found themselves behind from the third to the 55th minutes of this Munster MHC tie.
But an inspired substitution – bringing Eddie Meaney into the attack for the last 10 minutes – saw the De La Salle clubman score a goal and a point to help his team over the line. Clare led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break and should really have been further ahead at that stage – poor shooting proving costly as they clocked up seven wides.
A further tally of six in the second period allowed Waterford to storm back and a powerful finish in the final seven minutes in front of a crowd of 1,405 produced 1-5 to no score.
With five minutes remaining, Waterford corner-back Darragh Lyons fired over the equaliser from distance to level it at 0-11 apiece.
A Peter Hogan effort gave the visitors the lead and when Meaney toe-poked to the net after a furious goalmouth scramble on 58 minutes, Waterford had well and truly turned the tide.
Patrick Curran fired over an insurance point in injury-time to see his side safely through to the semi-final.
Scorers – Waterford: P Curran 0-7 (6fs), E Meaney 1-1, D Lyons, S Bennett (f), E O'Halloran, S Ryan, P Hogan (0-1) each. Clare: A Shanagher 0-7 (6fs, 1 '65), I Galvin, M O'Shea 0-2 each.
Waterford – B Nolan; D Prendergast, E Hayden, D Lyons; C Prunty, S Bennett, S Murray; C Gleeson, E O'Halloran; J Allen, C Curran, S Ryan (capt); P Hogan, P Curran, A Molumby. Subs: S Hogan for Allen (24), M Cronin for Molumby (38), J Mullaney for O'Halloran (49), E Meaney for Ryan (49), J Kennedy for C Curran (60).
Clare – J Loughnane; J McCarthy, S Downey, R Hayes; S Fitzgerald, D Walsh (capt), J Arthur; M O'Malley, G Whyte; I Galvin, M O'Shea, D Chaplin; P McNamara, A Shanagher, B Guilfoyle. Subs: C Fitzgerald for Whyte (h-t), C Quigley for O'Shea (52), C O'Halloran for O'Malley (inj, 56).
Ref – J Murphy (Limerick)