Half-time changes tilt the balance in Clare’s favour

Tom Devine was among the young talent blooded by Derek McGrath at Fraher Field last Wednesday.								| Photo: Noel Browne

Tom Devine was among the young talent blooded by Derek McGrath at Fraher Field last Wednesday. | Photo: Noel Browne

Waterford senior hurlers completed their ‘December Series’ of games with a nine point defeat to Clare in a game played under unseasonal mild conditions at Fraher Field last Wednesday night.
Three defeats in three games during this pre-season/pre-Christmas series of games will give the Déise management plenty to ponder over the festive break.
This latest reversal was more a game of ‘two games’ rather than just a ‘game of two halves’. In the opening 35 minutes Waterford had 11 players with senior Championship experience on show while Clare had just four players with ‘previous’ at senior level.
The home side completely dominated the opening half and led 0-13 to 0-6 at half-time. Mount Sion’s Martin O’Neill proved deadly accurate from placed balls hitting ten points in all, including four successful 65’s.
With a dominant half-back line and the experienced trio of Kevin Moran, Tommy Connors and Michael Walsh exceling in the half-forward line, Waterford pretty much controlled the opening period.
In the opening quarter the home side went in search of goals with Tommy Connors, Jake Dillon and Shane Bennett all going close.
After 10 minutes Kevin Moran went closest of all when his rising shot came back off the right post at the town end.

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