Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Semi Final – Clare 3-17 Waterford 4-9

Clare cakewalk, but too early for banner headlines, says Davy

Waterford 4-09 Clare 3-17

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Despite the insistence of Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald that the result of this Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final yesterday will be an “utter irrelevancy’’ when the counties meet in the June Munster championship semi-final, the Banner boss must have been impressed at the way his charges performed. With the exception of the opening quarter, when Waterford forced the pace, Clare were the far superior outfit, and but for a hat trick of late goals the home side would have suffered a much heavier defeat.

Fitzgerald said the outcome will have no relevance on the championship stage: “I know exactly what these Waterford players are made of, and there is no point whatever in me getting excited about our performance today, ’’ Fitzgerald said. “In June it will be a very different story and anyone who thinks otherwise isn’t living in the real world.’’ Even so, his Waterford counterpart Michael Ryan couldn’t conceal his disappointment. “Today Clare put down some very serious question marks that must be answered by us, and clearly we now have a serious lot of work to be done before we next meet them in the championship,’’ Ryan said.

Waterford made the perfect start and were six points to the good inside a quarter of an hour, having had the tonic of an excellent Seamas Prendergast goal in the 10th minute. Even at that early stage Walsh had emerged as a real thorn in the side of the Clare defence, and quality points in the 5th and 6th minutes were no less than his great play deserved. His eventual loss through injury was a serious blow to Waterford. Leading by six points, 1-6 to 0-3, with 20 minutes played, there was little to indicate the depth of the Clare mastery to come, In the space of 12 minutes they reeled off 1-6 without a solitary Waterford response, with their goal in the 27th minute scored by Daire Keane. Colin Ryan too rifled over a marvellous point, and although a pointed free by Martin O’Neill was the final score of the half, Clare were by then a deserving 1-9 to 1-7 in front.

For virtually the entire second half, Waterford were forced to play second fiddle to rampant Clare. Waterford’s positioning of Michael “Brick’’ Walsh at midfield in a switch from centre-forward never paid the expected dividend, and Clare’s near total dominance early in the second-half saw them virtually out of sight with 15 minutes remaining. The second goal came in the 54th minute, a superb effort by Aaron Cunningham, stretching the Clare lead to ten points, 2-15 to 1-8, and while the closing seven minutes brought Waterford goals by Martin O’Neill in the 64th and 68th minutes and another by Seamas Prendergast they were only a small source of consolation.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan (0-6, 0-5 frees); A Cunningham (1-2); C Galvin (1-1); D Keane (1-1); P O’Connor (0-2); T Carmody, P Donnellan, F Lynch, P Kelly, J Conlon (0-1) each.

Scorers for Waterford; M O’Neill (2-6, 0-6 frees); S Prendergast (2-0); S Wash (0-2); M Shanahan (0-1,f).

CLARE: D Tuohy; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C, Cooney; S Morey, E Barrett, P O’Connor; C Galvin, P Donnellan; J Conlon, D Keane, F Lynch; T Carmody, C, Ryan, A, Cunningham.

Subs; P, Kelly for Barrett (HT); C, Chaplin for Lynch (48); R, Horan for Keane (60).

WATERFORD: A, Power; S, Fives, D, Prendergast, A, Kearney; J, Nagle, S, O’Sullivan, K, Moran; M, Walsh, P, O’Brien; M, Shanahan, S, Prendergast, D, Twomey; M, O’Neill, S, Walsh, E, McGrath.

Subs; P, Nevin for Twomey(40); T, Ryan for Walsh, inj (51).

Referee: Johnny Ryan, Tipperary

 

For the Record

Waterford Clare
2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated CIT, Clare and Cork to win the competition Defeated IT Tralee and LIT before losing to Waterford by 2-19 to 2-18 in the semi-final
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 2 1
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2011 2009
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 17
Won – 13
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
Played – 20
Won – 14
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012

Preliminary Round

Sunday January 22nd

@ Dolla                                              Tipperary 2-24 Limerick Institute of Technology 1-16

Sunday January 29th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry 1-20 IT Tralee 1-15

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare 3-25 WIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals

Saturday February 4th

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh          Tipperary 2-11 University of Limerick 0-12

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork 5-18 Kerry 1-14

@ Sixmilebridge                               Limerick 1-15 Clare 0-18 AET

Sunday February 5th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      Waterford 3-19 UCC 1-19

Quarter-Final Replay

Tuesday February 7th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Clare 2-13 Limerick 1-15


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th

@ Templemore                                 Cork v Tipperary                                           @ 1:00pm

@ Walsh Park Waterford                 Waterford v Clare                                          @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Date TBC


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

96 players scored in the eight matches played to date in the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup.

Waterford have won 12 of their last 14 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup, including a current winning streak of 8 matches.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 64 games have been played with just 1 draw – the Limerick v Clare Q-Final on Saturday February 4th.

Limerick won the first Waterford Crystal Cup title in 2006, winning four matches in the process. Since then, in five matches in the competition they have failed to win a game.

None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

None of the third level colleges has a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 39, a 32% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.

Waterford Crystal Cup

Waterford Crystal began their sponsorship of the Munster pre-season hurling competition in 2006. Prior to this, the competition was played in different formats dating back to the early 1990’s and was most popularly known as the South Eastern Hurling League which also included county teams from Leinster.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Tipperary (2) – 2007, 2008

Clare (1) – 2009

Limerick (1) – 2006

Waterford Crystal Cup – 2012 Scorers

Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 1-21, 0-14 frees
Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 1-16, 1-14 frees
Shane Brick (Kerry) – 0-18, 0-14 frees, 0-1 65
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 1-10, 0-8 frees
Martin O’Neill (Waterford) – 1-8, 0-7 frees
Joe Canning (LIT) – 1-8, 0-6 frees
Nicky O’Connell (Clare) – 0-9, 0-4 frees
Daire Keane (Clare) – 1-6
Eamonn Brosnan (IT Tralee) – 1-5, 0-4 frees
Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-7, 0-3 frees
Conor McGrath (UL) – 0-7, 0-6 frees
Darragh O’Connell (Kerry) – 1-4, 0-2 frees
Padraig Hickey (Clare) – 0-6 frees
Brian Corry (Cork) – 2-0
Patrick Horgan (Cork) – 1-3
Eoghan Murphy (Cork) – 1-3
Michael Walsh (Waterford) – 1-3
Pat Donnellan (Clare) – 0-5
John O’Neill (Tipperary) – 1-2
Brian O’Meara (Tipperary) – 1-2
Brian Hartnett (UCC) – 1-2
Pauric O’Mahony (UCC) – 0-5, 0-4 frees
Eoin Hayes (Clare) – 1-1
Tony Carmody (Clare) – 1-1
Ryan Clifford (Cork) – 1-1
Luke O’Farrell (Cork) – 0-4
Cian McCarthy (Cork) – 0-4
John Egan (Kerry) – 0-4
Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) – 1-0
Ross Horan (Clare) – 1-0
John Conlon (Clare) – 0-3
Jonathan Clancy (Clare) – 0-3
Adrian Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-3
Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) – 0-3
Timmy Hammersley (Tipperary) – 1-0
Shane McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-3
Mark Deegan (IT Tralee) – 0-3, 0-2 frees
Shane Nolan (Kerry) – 0-3
A Boyle (Kerry) – 1-0
Brian O’Sullivan (UCC) – 0-3
W Griffin (UCC) – 0-3 frees
Brian Geary (Limerick) – 1-0
Cathal Naughton (Cork) – 0-2
Brendan Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford) – 0-2
Wayne McNamara (Limerick) – 0-2
Brian Donnellan (Clare) – 0-2
C Allis (Limerick) – 0-2
M Lynch (IT Tralee) – 0-2
Paul Browne (LIT) – 0-2
Sean O’Brien (LIT) – 0-2
Cathal McInerney (LIT) – 0-2 frees
D Murphy (WIT) – 0-2 frees
Paul Kelly (UL) – 0-2
Michael Boyle (Kerry) – 0-2
D Dineen (Kerry) – 0-2
Shane Bourke (UCC) – 0-2
Mikey Ryan (Limerick) – 0-2
James McInerney (Clare) – 0-1 free
Colm Galvin (Clare) – 0-1
Seamus Prendergast (Waterford) – 0-1
Shane Walsh (Waterford) – 0-1
D. Twomey (Waterford) – 0-1
Stephen Molumphy (Waterford) – 0-1
Jamie Nagle (Waterford) – 0-1
P. O’Brien (Waterford) – 0-1
Darren Sweetnam (Cork) – 0-1
James Woodlock (Tipperary) – 0-1
Gearoid Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-1
John O’Brien (Tipperary) – 0-1
David Collins (Tipperary) – 0-1
Conor Cooney (Clare) – 0-1
Thaigh Morley (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Barry O’Grady (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Fergus Kennedy (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Gearoid O’Doherty (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Donal O’Halloran (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Eoin Ryan (LIT) – 0-1
C Madden (LIT) – 0-1
J Dillon (WIT) – 0-1
K Hammersley (WIT) – 0-1 free
C O’Meara (WIT) – 0-1 free
L Ryan (UL) – 0-1 free
Michael Heffernan (UL) – 0-1
P Walsh (UL) – 0-1
A Royle (Kerry) – 0-1
P. Haughney (UCC) – 0-1
E. O’Sullivan (UCC) – 0-1
Dan McCormack (UCC) – 0-1
S. Corry (UCC) – 0-1
David Moloney (Limerick) – 0-1
Donal O’Grady (Limerick) – 0-1
Mark Carmody (Limerick) – 0-1
Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick) – 0-1