O'Halloran hits target as Clare cruise by Deise for final fling
Clare firmly booked a final date with Tipperary on August 8 after they had the easiest of victories over a poor Waterford outfit at Cusack Park, Ennis last night.
Though the visitors drew first blood inside a minute with a Brian O'Halloran point, it was the home side that dominated throughout thereafter and ran out worthy 19-point winners.
From the throw-in, Clare exhibited a palpable hunger and with a two-man full-forward line of senior star Conor McGrath and the impressive David O'Halloran, they proceeded to trouble the Decies.
Top marksman Cathal O'Connell got Clare's opening score with a point from a free in the fourth minute and by the 13th minute they found themselves 1-4 to 0-1 in front.
The first goal came after a great save from Stephen O'Keeffe from McGrath, the quick-thinking David O'Halloran batted to the net from the edge of the square for the key score of the game.
By the 23rd minute Clare had opened a 1-8 to 0-1 advantage as their midfield of Colm Galvin and Shane Golden dominated their opponents.
Clare attacker Aaron Cunningham was then through on goal, but a superb diving save by O'Keeffe denied him and the score was 1-11 to 0-4 at half-time.
After the break, the filleting of Waterford continued when Podge Collins goaled in the 36th minute and a final place was on the horizon.
The Banner tagged on a number of good scores as the half progressed and substitute Cathal McInerney, almost added a further goal at the death.
S corers -- Clare: C O'Connell 0-10 (4f, 2 '65'), D O'Halloran 1-4, T Kelly 1-1, A Cunningham, C McGrath 0-2 each, C Galvin, S Golden, P Duggan 0-1 each. Waterford: M O'Neill 0-5 (4f), E Murphy 0-2, Pauric Mahony, B O'Halloran 0-1 each.
Clare -- R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; S Morey, C Ryan, P O'Connor; C Galvin, S Golden; A Cunningham, P Collins, T Kelly; C O'Connell, C McGrath (capt), D O'Halloran. Subs: C McInerney for O' Halloran (44), S O'Halloran for Morey (45), P Duggan for Kelly (49), J Colleran for Galvin (50), E Boyce for O'Connor (65).
Waterford -- S O'Keeffe; J Barron, S O'Keeffe, Philip Mahony; R Barry, D Fives, E Madigan; R Barry, G O'Brien; B O'Halloran, E Murphy, F Murray; Pauric Mahony (capt), M O'Neill, J Dillon. Subs: D Breathnach for R Barry (h-t), J Prendergast for Fives inj. (33), M Wyse for Madigan (43). I Galgey for Murray (53), S Roche for O'Brien (58).
REF --J Ryan (Tipperary).