Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 1-9 Clare 0-11

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Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford 1-9 Clare 0-11

With Clare having dominated the opening half and gone in at the break leading 0-7 to 0-5, this game at Miltown Malbay turned when Waterford corner-forward Darren Guiry fired home the only goal in the 49th minute. With 10 minutes to go to the break, Waterford edged in front with a Paul Whyte point, but three unanswered Clare scores from Daivd Tubridy (2) and Martin McMahon ensured a two-point half-time advantage.

Waterford came thundering back, however, as points from Robert Aherne (2) and Whyte drew them level before Guiry’s goal. Clare did have their chances, but five wides in the final nine minutes from the Clare attack prompted manager Mick O’Dwyer to remark “when you don’t take your chances you’re not entitled to win.” Tubridy did have a chance to level at the death but his free from the sideline on the ’45’ sailed wide of the posts.

Man of the Match: S Aherne (Waterford)

Scorers – Waterford: D Guiry 1-1, P Whyte 0-3 (2f), R Aherne 0-2f, S Aherne, P Hurney, C McGrath 0-1 each. Clare: D Tubridy 0-5 (3f), S McGrath 0-2, C O’Connor, A Clohessy, C Dunning, M McMahon 0-1 each.

Waterford – S Enright 7; C Phelan 7, S Prendergast 7, J Hurney 7; P Whyte 8, M O’Gorman 7, T Grey 6; S Aherne 9, T Prendergast 8; C McGrath 7, P Hurney 7, S Briggs (capt) 8; D Guiry 8, R Aherne 8, L Ó’Lionáin 7. Subs: G Nugent for McGrath (60), R Cahill for J Hurney (63), D Hallahan for Guiry (68).

Clare – J Hayes 7; L Healy 7, S McNelis 7, E Coughlan 8; D Callinan 7, G Kelly 7, M McMahon 8; G Brennan (capt) 7, C O’Connor 7; C Dunning 7, A Clohessy 7,S McGrath 7; M McCarthy 6, N Kelly 6, D Tubridy 7. Subs: G Quinlan 7 for Kelly (45), J Keane for McGrath (64).

Ref –P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

 

Waterford defeated Clare by 1-9 to 0-11 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 Round 1 on Sunday at Miltown-Malbay.

Round-up from the GAA.ie web site

Darren Guiry’s goal was the difference as Waterford opened up with a win against Clare in Division IV. Both sides went into the game with new managers at very different ends of the experience spectrum, Mick O’Dwyer with Clare and Niall Carew with Waterford.

It was the younger man who presided over the opening round win though, with Guiry’s second half goal settling what had been a very close match to that point. Clare led 0-7 to 0-5 at the break, and then scored the first point after the restart, but three Waterford points took them level before Guiry grabbed the key score.

Team News

Waterford Senior Football team to play Clare in the opening Allianz League game.

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty

2. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers

3. Stephen Prendergast Kilrossanty

4. John Hurney Ballinacourty

5. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty

6. Shane Briggs (Captain) Ballinacourty

7. Tony Grey Stradbally

8. Shane Aherne Stradbally

9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty

10. Conor McGrath Brickey Rangers

11. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty

12. Maurice O’Gorman Nire

13. Darren Guiry Nire

14. Robert Aherne Stradbally

15. Liam Ó Lionáin An Rinn