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Tony Kelly going into the full-forward line was a surprise to Waterford because they detailed Calum Lyons to mark him and he followed him in. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tony Kelly going into the full-forward line was a surprise to Waterford because they detailed Calum Lyons to mark him and he followed him in. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The small number of spectators who had tickets to the Munster championship match between Clare and Waterford at Semple Stadium must have hoped they’d struck golden tickets to a blockbuster. Unfortunately, this was anything but, a truly tame affair, and the real wonder was that it finished as close as it actually did.

There’s an old motto that’s always hung around team rooms, that if you don’t take your chances and you hit so many wides (22 I think was the final count for Clare!) then you’re really giving the other team a lifeline. It was one Waterford scarcely deserved on the run of play and ultimately they weren’t able to take it anyway.

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