In a very one-sided affair, the host county raced into a 1-7 to no score lead by the 10th minute. They retired 1-10 to 0-2 in front at the break, forging ahead in the second half against a Waterford side that could only manage one score from play, a Donal Scanlon effort on the hour.
The hosts were well served by the Cleary twins, Eoin and Conor in the full-forward line, with Eoin netting the first goal in the eighth minute. The pair were ably assisted up front by Barry Lynch, son of All-Star hurler Colin, who had three points. The winner’s second green flag came with three minutes left on the clock, when sub Conor Deasy goaled following a hand-pass by Niall Pender.
Scorers for Clare: E Cleary (1-8) 0-4 f’s, 1 ‘45, C Cleary (0-5), 2 f’s, C Deasy (1-0), B Lynch (0-3), N Deasy (0-2), J Malone (0-2).
Scorers for Waterford: R Donnelly (0-5) f’s, D Scanlon (0-1).
CLARE: L Corbett, F Pyne, S Garry, J Brown, C McNeilis, C Murray, M Bohannon, J Malone (Capt.), E Hanrahan, S Corry, N Deasy, T Lynch, B Lynch, E Cleary, C Cleary.
Subs: S McGuire for Corry (38), C Deasy for T Lynch (38), N Pender for C Cleary (46), E Clancy for Bohannon (48), C Burke for E Cleary (52).
WATERFORD: A Kirwan, D Fitzgerald, B Looby, S Halley, T Devine, T Burke, J Barron (Capt.), M Houlihan, M Casey, M Curry, M Kiely, S O’Donovan, A O’Donoghue, P O’Connor, R Donnelly.
Subs: C Gleeson for Casey (half-time), D Scanlon for Houlihan (39), C Burke for Fitzgerald (41), L Houlihan for Curry (43).
Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary).