Waterford still facing relegation play-off despite win over Clare

Waterford still facing relegation play-off despite win over Clare
Michael Walsh of Waterford in action against David Fitzgerald of Clare. Pic: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

By Therese O’Callaghan

Waterford 1-23 - Clare 1-20: VICTORY for Waterford but they still find themselves in a relegation play-off against Cork next weekend after this round 5 clash of the Allianz Division 1A hurling league at Walsh Park on Sunday.

Clare, who had already qualified for the last eight, will meet neighbours Limerick in the quarter-finals.

Waterford, with the wind in the first half, fell 0-5 to 1-8 behind – the goal coming from Clare corner-forward Conor McGrath on 17 minutes following an inch-perfect cross from Ian Galvin However, Waterford managed to turn matters around.

Inspired by a wonderful save from goalkeeper Ian O’Regan they reeled off the next seven points unanswered, five of these from Patrick Curran (finished with 1-13) to take the lead by one. And when Curran netted a few minutes before the break, the home side, in front of a crowd of 2,656, moved three points clear.

That gap remained at half-time as Galvin and Austin Gleeson swapped points during the two minutes of added time (1-13 to 1-10).

Clare levelled with points from Tony Kelly (2) and Peter Duggan. A tit-for-tat second-half ensued, deadlock again 1-15 apiece. Waterford added a trio of points from Curran and with 10 minutes remaining they edged it 1-21 to 1-17. It was a two-point game with normal time elapsed, a late free from Curran wrapping up the win.

Waterford finished with 14 men after Conor Gleeson received a second yellow near full time.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran (1-13, 0-9 frees), M Kearney (0-4), S Bennett (0-2), K Bennett, C Gleeson, A Gleeson, K Moran (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: P Duggan (0-5, 0-4 frees), C McGrath (1-1), T Kelly (0-4), D Reidy (0-3), J Conlon (0-2), I Galvin (0-2), C Malone, S O’Donnell, S Morey (0-1 each).

Waterford: I O'Regan; S Fives, B Coughlan, I Kenny; T de Burca; C Gleeson, A Gleeson, K Bennett; M O’Brien, K Moran; M Walsh, S Bennett, DJ Foran; M Kearney, P Curran.

Subs: T Devine for DJ Foran, T Ryan for M Walsh (both 50), C Prunty for M O’Brien (54), M Shanahan for K Moran (60), P Mahony for S Bennett (71).

Clare: D Tuohy; J Browne, C Cleary, P O’Connor; S Morey, D McInerney, D Fitzgerald; C Malone, T Kelly; P Duggan, J Conlon, D Reidy; S O’Donnell, I Galvin, C McGrath.

Subs: M O’Malley for S Morey (52), J Shanahan for P O’Connor (60), C McInerney for C Malone (67), R Taylor for I Galvin, E Quirke for J Browne (70).

Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick).

More in this Section

Ireland V Denmark: Player ratingsIreland V Denmark: Player ratings

Derby duo avoid jail sentenceDerby duo avoid jail sentence

Rodrigo’s late blast fires Spain to finalsRodrigo’s late blast fires Spain to finals

Kenny blasts ref as Irish unbeaten run endsKenny blasts ref as Irish unbeaten run ends


Can you imagine Spanish churros, Moroccan tagines or even Christmas cakes without its fragrant taste?MIchelle Darmody: Warm smells of cinnamon

Rachel Howard visits the South Moravia region to sample this eastern European country’s finest tipples.They’re big on beer but could the Czech Republic be raising a glass to wine tourism too?

Lisa Salmon catches up with a cardiologist, who explains how a patient’s own stem cells can repair damage from heart disease and heart failure.How stem cells are mending broken hearts

Hannah Stephenson discovers America’s dark past and Martin Luther King’s vision for its future by following the civil rights trail.Charting America’s path to freedom on a road trip through the Deep South

More From The Irish Examiner