Waterford’s Ian Kenny dejected after the match in Ennis on Sunday. Photo: Inpho.
Munster SHC: Clare v Waterford – Score by Score
1-10 mins. Playing with the breeze Waterford open the scoring inside a minute with a great point from Tadhg De Burca as Shane McNulty was making his way back to take up his position as the extra defender in the halfback line. From Touhy’s short puck out David Fitzgerald replies immediately in like manner from distance. Conor Gleeson sends wide from midfield, Maurice Shanahan at centre forward is then fouled but he sends the free wide from a central position. With just three minutes gone another long range effort from Gleeson splits the posts for a two point lead but play is held up for an injury to Tadhg De Burca after he receives a heavy knock. When play resumes Jamie Shanahan sends over from his own half and I the 7th minute Clare take the lead with Peter Duggan pointing a free. Philip Mahony hits back immediately with another long range strike to level with all six points coming from outfield. Conlon is starting to look dangerous at full forward for Clare as he shoots wide. A Jamie Barron effort drops short to Touhy and Tony Kelly is wide for Clare. A delivery into the Clare goalmouth is won by Tom Devine whose powerful shot is blocked by David Touhy but Maurice Shanahan follows up to shoot the rebound to the net in the 9th minute. Darragh Fives makes a great catch from the puck out, is fouled and Maurice sends over the free from inside his own half.
11-20 mins. Waterford leading by four points and things going well as another Barron effort drops short. Duggan is wide from a free but things change as De Burca receives a heavy knock on the touchline in midfield and is forced off with a shoulder injury to be replaced by Colm Roche. Devine gives Moran an opening but his shot is blocked. Conlon is fouled heading for goal, ref signals advantage, Conlon is fouled again advantage over but referee awards a penalty for the second foul, against the rule and a grave and costly error by the referee as Duggan gives O’Keeffe no chance in the goal. Conor McGrath follows up with a point and the teams are level in the 18th minute. Jake Dillon replies immediately to put Waterford back in front. Jamie Shanahan comes back with a Clare point and, after Devine was harshly penalised for over carrying, Shane O’Donnell dispossesses Conor Gleeson and puts Clare into the lead.
21-35 mins. Stephen O’Keeffe’s long puck out is won by Maurice Shanahan, he is fouled and points to put Waterford back into the lead. From that point on it all begins to unravel with John Conlon breaking through for a goal in the 22nd minute and with Conlon continuing to cause problems Duggan sends over two more frees with Shane Fives receiving a yellow card. Colm Galvin sends over another Clare point and there seems to be no shape or make with the Waterford set up as Barry Coughlan receives a yellow card and Duggan puts his side seven clear from the free. Maurice Shanahan goes back to take a free in the halfback line to take a free which falls just wide on the end line with just two Waterford forwards under it and four Clare defenders and the goalkeeper. Devine continues to be the only Waterford forward troubling the Clare defence as he sends over a fine point and with the game going into three minutes of added time Tony Kelly replies for Clare. Michael Walsh wins a free and Maurice converts before Kevin Moran’s late strike from the wing keeps Waterford in the game before the halftime whistle as the teams go in with Clare leading by 2-11 to 1-9.
36-45 mins. With Noel Connors struggling off injured at halftime it was clear he was not going to come out for the second half. Stephen Bennett goes on in attack for him with McNulty dropping back to the corner with Colm Roche, Conor Gleeson, Darragh Fives, Philip Mahony, Jamie Barron and Kevin Moran covering the halfback line and midfield between them. D. J. Foran replaces Michael Walsh in attack. Maurice Shanahan breaks forward from the restart but fails to see D. J. Foran free to his left with a clear run at goal and shoots wide himself under pressure. Two points from Tony Kelly puts Clare nine points clear as defender Darragh Fives goes off injured to be replaced by Tommy Ryanin attack with Moran now operating at centre back. John Conlon sends over another Clare point but in the 41st minute Tommy Ryan gets the run on the Clare defence and shoots for goal. Touhy blocks and as Ryan follows up the umpire reaches for his flag deeming the ball to have crossed the line in face of unavailing protest by the goalie and defenders. In the 45th minute Barry Coughlan is forced off injured to be replaced by Ian Kenny, the only designated defender on the bench. Four Waterford backs now off with injuries.
46-55 mins. Duggan points from a ‘65’ and in the 49th minute bad gets worse for Waterford with Kevin Moran receiving a red card following an off the ball altercation with Tony Kelly. David Reidy and Stephen Bennett exchange points but between the 49th and 54th minutes Duggan sends over three points from frees as the Deise defence comes apart with Conlon also getting one from play.
56-70 mins. Maurice Shanahan points a free as the referee is much more lenient with the Clare defence than he is with Waterford’s but again Duggan hits back from two soft frees. Waterford continue to battle against the odds, and the referee, as Jamie Barron points but again Clare hit back with one apiece from Conlon and Kelly. Stephen Bennett is working his socks off helping out at the back and sends over a point before setting Tommy Ryan up for one in the 64th minute and D. J. Foran has a third successive point to leave nine between the teams with four minutes of normal time remaining. Waterford continue to battle on as Jack Dillon sends over and with the game going into five minutes of added time Maurice Shanahan sends over a free to cut the deficit to seven. From the puck out Colm Galvin replies for Clare and Tony Kelly follows up with another point. Maurice is fouled for a 20 metre free which he sends over before Tony Kelly completes the scoring with his sixth point of the game to give his side a 2-27 to 2-18 victory.