Champions come good with late scoring burst to see off Clare
Reigning All-Ireland minor champions Waterford had to rely on a late scoring surge at Cusack Park, Ennis, to progress to the Munster semi-final. Playing second fiddle for much of the game, a return of 1-5 to no score in the last seven minutes was enough for the visitors to claim victory.
Substitute Eddie Meaney struck a goal and a point in that period. Clare had 13 wides, seven in the first half .
Clare lead by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break and led until the 55th minute when Darragh Lyons levelled the game at 0-11 apiece, with a sweetly struck point.
A Peter Hogan effort gave Waterford the lead and when Meaney kicked to the Clare net after a goalmouth scramble, the game was up.
Waterford: B Nolan, D Prendergast, E Hayden, D Lyons (0-1), C Prunty, S Bennett (0-1)f, S Murray, C Gleeson, E O’Halloran (0-1), J Allen, C Curran, S Ryan (capt) (0-1), P Hogan (0-1), P Curran (0-7) 6 f, A Molumby. Subs, S Hogan for Allen (24), M Cronin for Molumby (38), J Mullaney for O’Halloran (49), E Meaney (1-1) 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 (0-2), M O’Shea (0-2), D Chaplin, P McNamara, A Shanagher (0-7) 5 f, 1 65, B Guilfoyle. Subs, C Fitzgerald for Whyte (half-time), C Quigley for O’Shea (52), C O’Halloran for O’Malley (56)
Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)