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2019 Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Clare 0-9 Waterford 0-8
Clare defeated Waterford by 0-9 to 0-8 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 11th at Cusack Park Ennis.
— Irish Examiner Sport (@ExaminerSport) May 11, 2019
Clare secure safe passage to Munster semi-final meeting with Kerry
Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Clare 0-9 – 0-8 Waterford
Clare secured safe passage to a fifth Munster semi-final meeting with Kerry in six years, but what they produced in this desperately poor provincial quarter-final fixture won’t be anywhere near sufficient to even remotely trouble Kerry.
Ahead by 0-8 to 0-2 at the break, Clare moved six in front thanks to a Jamie Malone point on 39 minutes. It was to prove, however, their last score of the game as the winners became terribly ponderous and cumbersome in their play. Clare’s forward unit – the full-forward line, in particular – lacked any element of penetration in their play.
There were also five second-half wides, just to further compound matters. No score in the closing half an hour is a fairly damning indictment of any performance, even if the side responsible for it end up in the winners’ enclosure.
Dessie Hutchinson (free) and Conor Murray sniped a pair of points for the Déise to leave five between them on 41 minutes and another 14 minutes would pass before the crowd of 2,136 were treated to a score.
Subsequent efforts from Dessie Hutchinson (free), Tadhg Ó hUallacháin and JJ Hutchinson (0-2) had the margin down to the minimum deep in second-half stoppages. Waterford, though, were unable to fashion an equaliser and so they once again head for the qualifiers.
The first-half was a most forgettable affair, at the end of which the hosts held a commanding 0-8 to 0-2 lead. Waterford’s tactic was to pour men behind the ball at every opportunity, but little good it did them as the visitors to Ennis went the first 19 minutes without managing to raise a flag of any description and finished the half with a paltry total of two points.
Clare found scores much easier to come by, with Eoin Cleary on target four times in the opening 20 minutes, this tally split evenly between open play and dead-ball efforts.
The Miltown-Malbay centre-forward, really on form in that opening half, added a fifth point on 20 minutes. Twenty-two minutes had elapsed before a Clare player, other than Cleary, split the posts – Jamie Malone, set-up by Cleary, putting a second name on the Banner scoresheet.
Half-back Dean Ryan, at the end of a sweeping move involving Gary Brennan and Gavin Cooney, supplied their last point of the half, leaving Waterford with a six-point target to chase and one which they almost clawed back.
Scorers for Clare: E Cleary (0-6, 0-3 frees); J Malone (0-2); D Ryan (0-1).
Scorers for Waterford: C Murray, D Hutchinson (0-2 frees), JJ Hutchinson (0-2 each); S Ahearne (0-1 free), T Ó hUallacháin (0-1).
Clare: S Ryan; K Harnett, C Brennan, G Kelly; S Collins, A Fitzgerald, D Ryan; G Brennan, D Bohannon; K Malone, E Cleary, J Malone; C O’Dea, C Murray, G Cooney.
Subs: G O’Brien for Malone (HT); C Ó hAiniféin for Cooney (48); C O’Connor for Bohannon (57, bc); D Masteron for Murray (65); D O’Halloran for Collins (71)
Waterford: D Mulhearne; J McGrath, R Ó Ceallaigh, S O’Donovan; T Ó hUallacháin, S Ryan, B Looby; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; C Murray, D Guiry, S Whelan-Barrett; J Mullaney, F Ó Cuirrín, M Curry.
Subs: D Hutchinson for Whelan-Barrett (35); JJ Hutchinson for Mullaney (48); D Fitzgerald for Ó Cuirrín (65); J Curry for Guiry (69); B O’Keeffe for Ó hUallacháin (70); B Lynch for Murray (72).
Referee: B Cawley (Kildare).
Saturday May 11th
Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final
Clare v Waterford
Venue: Cusack Park Ennis @ 7pm
Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare)
Senior Football (and Ladies Football Championship games played as curtain-raisers)
Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals
Adult Pre-Purchase: €15
Adult Match Day: €20
Under 16’s: Free
Student/OAP: Concession of €5 with valid ID prior to entry at the designated stile.
Tickets available to purchase in advance via tickets.ie, Centra and Supervalu outlets.
Clare Senior Football Team to play Waterford named
— Clare SupportersClub (@Clare_Football) May 10, 2019
Waterford Senior Football Team to play Clare named
The Waterford Senior Football Panel to face Clare tomorrow night has been named!
— Waterford GAA (@WaterfordGAA) May 10, 2019
Guide to the 2019 Munster Senior Football Championship
A guide to the @MunsterGAA Senior Football Championship which commences on Saturday evening!
— The GAA (@officialgaa) May 10, 2019
Video – Clare Football Selector Enda Coughlan looks forward to Waterford clash
Video – Waterford Football Manager – Benji Whelan
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the 36 page souvenir match programme for 3 euro
2019 Munster GAA Championship Launch Video