Sport Hurling

Monday 20 November 2017

the game at a glance

Stephen Molumphy. Photo: Sportsfile
Stephen Molumphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Man of the match

Stephen Molumphy (Waterford)

In a game that barely paused for breath, Molumphy was relentless, devouring loose ball in the middle third and reminding his old manager why he previously set about building the Waterford team around him.

Turning point

Stephen O'Keeffe's injury-time save from Patrick Kelly's 20-metre free. Last play of the game and everything on the line. It literally was that close.

Talking point

Through their absence, the public gave their verdict on an adult admission price of €30. Their loss to miss this epic, the Munster Council's to host such a poor attendance.

Magic moment

O'Keeffe's flying 70th-minute save from Conor McGrath after Darach Honan's sublime handpass looked to have unlocked the Deise rearguard for what would have been a decisive goal.

Ref watch

James McGrath did well just to keep up with the manic pace of a true Munster epic. Probably conned for the Waterford penalty and a few other debatable calls but he's only human.

What they said

Michael Ryan (Waterford manager):

"It was heart-stopping stuff. Waterford and Clare proved today that they can play hurling as well as anybody else. We've improved, but there's still a lot of work to do. I won't be papering over any cracks."

Davy Fitzgerald (Clare manager):

"The two goals were killer punches but I thought we showed good character to come back well. I'd be very proud that we gave ourselves a chance to win the game. Look, we'd rather be in a Munster final 100 times, but we're there or thereabouts."

Match statistics

Wides: Waterford 5 (3 first-half); Clare 11 (5)

Frees: Waterford 14 (9); Clare 17 (9)

Yellow cards: Waterford 5 (A Kearney 17, R Foley 39, G O'Brien 46, J Mullane 43, N Connors 72); Clare 2 (C Dillon 13, P Donnellan 29)

Attendance: 12,296

What next?

Waterford progress to a Munster final against either Cork or Tipperary on July 15. Clare slip into Phase 2 of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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