Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Semi Final – Clare 2-28 UCC 1-4

Clare defeated UCC by 2-28 to 1-4 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Semi-Final on Sunday January 26th at Sixmilebridge.

Stroll in the park for Clare as students get a lesson

Clare 2-28 University College Cork 1-04

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare, with nine of their All-Ireland winning team starting, overwhelmed UCC in the Waterford Crystal Tournament semi-final at Sixmilebridge yesterday. There was a huge gulf in class with 12 Clare players getting on the scoresheet whereas only three players found the target for the students. The UCC forward line was woefully inept, managing only one score from play, a Jack Ahern goal in the 25th minute. However, the students were always going to be up against it as Clare considerably strengthened their side from the quarter-final against Limerick.

In the Limerick game, newcomer Bobby Duggan was the star of the show, but a broken thumb in training sidelined the Clarecastle clubman. Yesterday, free-taker Colin Ryan was the top-scorer and put in a man-of-the match display. Clare faced the breeze in the opening half but it didn’t hamper their scoring ability. They were picking off points with ease and in the 13th Dave Reidy, clean through was dragged down, the ref having no option but to award a penalty. Ryan blasted it to the net and when Peter Duggan added a point, Clare enjoyed a ten point lead. Liam Markham and Duggan dominated midfield for the home side and at half-time Clare led 1-10 to 1-3.

To add to the students’ woe, Clare introduced three substitutes after the interval, including Shane O’Donnell, Clare’s three goal hero in the All-Ireland replay. Seven unanswered points in as many minutes after the re-start, emphasised Clare’s dominance and with his team leading 1-21 to 1-3 on the 53rd minute, Davy Fitzgerald had the luxury of emptying the bench. A close-in pointed free by Jack Ahern in the 49th was UCC’s only score in the second period, Clare grabbed a second goal through Davy O’Halloran late in the tie.

Clare selector Mike Deegan agreed it was no more than a stroll for Clare. “It was very one-sided,” he said. “But having said that, all we are worried about is ourselves. You could see our boys were a bit rusty. They need hurling and that’s what today was all about. We didn’t really worry about UCC, we need to get games into the lads and that was what today was about.” Clare now await the winners of the other semi-final between Tipperary and University of Limerick, a game was postponed yesterday due to an unplayable pitch at McDonagh Park, Nenagh.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan (1-12) 1-0 pen. 0-7 f’s, D O’Halloran (1-1), J Conlan (0- 3), P Donnellan, C O’Connell, C McGrath, C McInerney (0-2) each, C Dillon, P Duggan, D Reidy, J Shanahan (0-1) each.

UCC: P Deasy (1-0), J Ahern (0-3) all f’s, J Barry (0-1) ’65.

CLARE: P Kelly, S Morey, D McInerney, C Dillon, B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor, L Markham, P Duggan, J Conlon, C O’Connell, C Ryan, D O’Halloran, C McGrath, D Reidy.

Subs: C McInerney for McGrath (43), J Shanahan for Duggan (43), C Cleary for O’Connor (51), P Flanagan for Morey (51), N O’Connell for Dillon (63).

UCC: D McCarthy (Cork); S Maher (Tipperary), D Glynn (Kilkenny), D Lester (Cork); J Barry (Tipperary), C Murphy (Cork), S Roche (Kilkenny); R O’Shea (Cork), D O’Mahony (Cork); T Butler (Tipperary), M Sugrue (Cork), B Hartnett (Cork), A Cadogan (Cork), J Ahern (Limerick), P Deasy (Cork).

Subs: N Purcell (Clare) for Barry, S O’Donnell (Clare) for O’Shea, M O’Driscoll (Cork) for Maher (all half-time), A Goold (Cork) for Glynn (48) PJ Hall (Limerick) for McCarthy (53).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

When – Sunday January 26th at 2:00pm

Where – Sixmilebridge

Referee – Michael Wadding (Waterford)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Clare UCC
2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated UL, Cork and Tipperary to win the competition. Lost to Cork by 3-20 to 1-16 in the Preliminary Round.
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 2 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2013 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 26
Won – 19
Lost – 6
Drawn – 1
Played – 12
Won – 4
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Waterford Crystal Cup 2007 Preliminary Round – Clare 1-16 UCC 1-13 – January 14th at Meelick – Tony Considine’s first game as Clare manager began with a three point victory over UCC.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2014

Preliminary Round

Friday January 10th

@ Mick Neville Park Rathkeale     Limerick 10-17 IT Tralee 0-9

Sunday January 12th

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore University of Limerick 1-11 Waterford 0-10

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary 3-20 LIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals

Sunday January 19th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Tipperary 2-16 Kerry 0-8

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore UL 2-30 WIT 1-20

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11

@ Mardyke                                        UCC 3-28 Mary I 2-14

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 26th

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary v UL                                              @ 2:00pm
@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare v UCC                                                 @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra Time)

Sunday February 2nd

 

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006. Clare also have the best won / lost record in the competition, winning 19 and drawing 1 of their 26 matches played while winning 2 titles.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 24, Lost 49, a 33% success rate.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (19 wins), Tipperary (17 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 49 of the 88 victories in the competition (56%).

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.

Limerick have not defeated an inter-county team in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the 2006 semi-final when they defeated Clare by 1-14 to 0-13 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

35 goals were scored in the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This is the exact same number of goals scored in the 2012 competition while only 23 goals were scored in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

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.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 73 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

Waterford have lost their last 3 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup having won 8 in a row from 2010 to 2012.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 7 seasons.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (2) – 2009, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2006