O'Dwyer in disappointing start
Waterford 1-09 Clare 0-11:Despite home advantage and newly appointed manager Mick O’Dwyer in situ, Clare still couldn’t pull off victory at Miltown Malbay yesterday.
The visitors enjoyed a one-point winning margin after turning around a two-point deficit at the break. Clare went in 0-7 to 0-5 ahead at the interval but then a resurgent Waterford relied on a 49-minute goal by corner forward Darren Guiry to claim the slenderest of wins.
The home team opened the scoring with a pointed free by David Tubridy after five minutes and dominated for the most part in the opening half.
With 10 minutes left to half-time Waterford briefly took the lead through a Paul Whyte point but Clare scores towards the end of the half from Tubridy twice and Martin McMahon ensured a home-side advantage.
From the restart a point by Shane McGrath furthered the lead but three Waterford scores from Robert Aherne, on two occasions, and Whyte once more tied the game.
Then Guiry first-timed to the net, putting the visitors in front. Conor McGrath added a point as Clare sought a way back. They managed two more Tubridy scores but is was not enough.