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2021 EirGrid Munster Under 20 Football Championship Quarter-Final – Waterford 4-5 Clare 1-9
Waterford defeated Clare by 4-5 to 1-9 in the EirGrid Munster Under 20 Football Championship Quarter-Final on Thursday July 8th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.
Match Highlights – Waterford’s 4 goals
— Munster GAA (@MunsterGAA) July 8, 2021
Hat-trick hero Tom O’Connell fires Déise U20s past Clare https://t.co/oU5GXwstPz
— Irish Examiner Sport (@ExaminerSport) July 8, 2021
Hat-trick hero Tom O’Connell fires Waterford U20s past Clare
Report by Tomas McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Munster U20 FC: Waterford 4-5 Clare 1-9
Tom O’Connell was the hat trick hero in Dungarvan last night as Waterford advanced to the semi finals of the Munster Under 20 football championship in style.
“Brilliant for myself and my family,” the 18-year-old man of the match said afterwards. “I pride myself on being a big football man and I’m happy to be part of a team winning in Waterford.”
The Brickey Rangers full forward struck 3-1 before substitute Henry Griffin fisted in a fourth goal in the last minute of normal time to seal victory. It sets up a last-four clash with Tipperary at Semple Stadium next Thursday.
Clare won this fixture by 17 points last year but Gavin Whelan’s men turned the tables in front of 200 vocal supporters.
Two O’Connell strikes gave Waterford a slender 2-2 to 0-7 half time lead.
Banner senior Emmet McMahon curled over the opening point after 90 seconds before Cillian McGroary added a second. Cillian Rouine then dragged a goal chance left and wide. Ryan Barry made it three nil to the visitors after eleven minutes.
Padraig Fitzgerald raised Waterford’s first white flag in the 12th minute. Off the next kickout, Liam Fennell found O’Connell and the Waterford full forward coolly rounded the keeper Oisin O’Loughlin and found the bottom corner. O’Connell banged in a second four minutes later after he fetched a DJ Kiely delivery. 2-2 to 0-3 to the home side at the first water break.
Clare cut the gap to one by the interval. Mark McInerney pointed twice before McMahon kicked a free and sub Brian McNamara fisted over in injury time.
McInerney levelled the contest two minutes into the second period. On 36 minutes, McMahon was brought down for a penalty and McInerney buried the spot kick in the bottom corner (1-8 to 2-2).
Niall McSweeney slotted a free at the other end, Waterford’s first point in 21 minutes. O’Connell completed his hat trick on 42 minutes after a Clare short kickout went awry.
Oisin O’Loughlin denied O’Connell his fourth goal at the start of the final quarter. Centre back Colin Foley snuck the home side in front on 53 minutes.
Sub Henry Griffin fisted in a fourth goal in the last minute of normal time after he was set up by Seamus Fitzgerald. In an action packed finish, Aaron Ryan saw his injury time penalty saved by O’Loughlin. Ryan was then dismissed for a second bookable offence.
It didn’t matter as the Deise celebrated a rare underage victory. A shot in the arm for Waterford football.
Scorers for Waterford: T O’Connell 3-1, H Griffin 1-0, N McSweeney 0-2 (2fs), P Fitzgerald, C Foley 0-1 each.
Scorers for Clare: M McInerney 1-3 (1-0 pen), E McMahon 0-3 (2fs), C McGroary, R Barry, B McNamara 0-1 each.
WATERFORD: B Kirwan; S Boyce, K Taylor, L Fennell; A Ryan, C Foley, R Elliffe; O Geoghegan, C Walsh; P Fitzgerald, N McSweeney, T Dalton; S Fitzgerald, T O’Connell, DJ Kiely.
Subs: S Walsh for Kiely (HT), H Griffin for O Geoghegan (50), A Behan for McSweeney (52).
CLARE: O O’Loughlin; C McMahon, M Garry, M Doherty; J Murphy, T Lillis, G D’Auria; E Rouine, T McDonald; C McGroary, E McMahon, B Ryan; C Rouine, M McInerney, C Mahony.
Subs: B McNamara for McDonald (24), J Stack for O’Mahony (HT), F Kelliher for McGroary (35), D Fahy for Stack (56)
Referee: B Griffin (Kerry)
FOOTBALL: O’Connell hat-trick sinks Clare U-20s in Dungarvan https://t.co/khAUwhAcOO
— The Clare Champion (@ClareChampion) July 8, 2021
Thursday July 8th
EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Quarter-Final
Waterford v Clare at 7:30pm
Venue: Fraher Field Dungarvan
Referee: Brendan Griffin (Kerry)
Extra time if necessary (Result on the Day)
As the capacity of Fraher Field Dungarvan is less than 5,000, only 200 spectators will be allowed to attend Thursday’s Clare versus Waterford Under 20 Football match. Tickets will be allocated only to the participating counties.
Live Match Streaming
This game will be streamed live by Munster GAA in association with Stream Sport.
Clare U20 Football team to play Waterford tomorrow evening in Dungarvan.https://t.co/gJZCyH7eZM
— Clare Gaa (@GaaClare) July 7, 2021
CLARE (v Waterford): O O’Loughlin (St Breckan’s); C McMahon (Ennistymon), M Garry (Cooraclare), M Doherty (Éire Óg, Ennis); J Murphy (Ennistymon), T Lillis (Doonbeg), D Conneely (Ennistymon); E Rouine (Ennistymon, captain), T McDonald (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield); C McGroary (Corofin), E McMahon (Kildysart), B Ryan (Ennistymon); C Rouine (Ennistymon), M McInerney (Éire Óg, Ennis), C Mahony (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay).
The Waterford U20 football team to play Clare in tomorrow’s Munster U20 football Quarter Final has been named⬇️
— Waterford GAA (@WaterfordGAA) July 7, 2021