Waterford looked in control in the early stages and opened up an early two point lead when Kilrossanty duo, Niall Walsh and Joey Veale pointed. However, this was a Clare side with serious aspirations of winning and they fought back strongly. The Clare men took the lead for the first time in the game when a good team move led to Kevin Hartnett setting up wing-forward, Paddy Clancy for the game’s opening goal in the 12th minute.
Clare definitely looked the better balanced side during the first half with corner-forward, Mark McCarthy looking extremely dangerous. They tagged on excellent points from play through Kevin Larkin and David Ryan and looked as if they were going to swat Waterford aside with relative ease.
Despite being under the cosh in the first half, Waterford did keep themselves in the game with points from John Wall and Eoghan Walsh. Wall and Veale in particular in the corner-forward positions looked very dangerous for Waterford.
Waterford's Edmond Hogan handpasses to a colleague as Clare's David Ryan closes in. | Photos: Michael Kiely
Waterford 0-13; Clare 1-8
The Waterford Junior Football team qualified for the Munster semi-final with a fortuitous victory over Clare in the early game at Fraher Field last Sunday.
The turning point came seven minutes into the second half when Clare half-forward Paddy Clancy was given a straight red card for a challenge on Michael Crotty. At the time Clare led by four points but following Clancy’s dismissal they could only score one more point as Waterford used the extra man to their advantage.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full match report.