Waterford hurlers waltzed past the Clare U17s in the Munster championship after a tame performance by the home side in Cusack Park recently.

Munster U17 Hurling Championship
Clare 0-14
Waterford 2-16

It was not for the lack of effort on part of the home side, the defeat was down to a poor start, a lack of fire power up front and allowing Waterford a clear line to run through the Clare defence for the first twenty minutes. Clare were dealt a blow with the of Eoghan Wallace and Conor Bourke to injury before the game.

While this side had demolished Kerry in the opening round, after two minutes it was apparent that they were in for a contest when Alan Kirwan opened the scoring for the Decies. Quick points from Cormac Power and John Devine added to Waterford’s tally as they went by three points after 6 minutes while Clare were beginning to hit wides with too much frequency.

Eanna McMahon set up Lorcan Fitzpatrick for Clare’s opening score with seven minutes played as Alan Kirwan’s overhead flick was narrowly wide with goal was at his mercy. By the end of the opening quarter Waterford were 0-6 to 0-2 clear with further scores from Caimin Power, Alan Kirwan and the impressive Iarlaith Daly on target as Michael Hynes responded for John Condon’s side.

Aidan McCarthy drives the ball on despite Conor Ryan’s best efforts.

Key forward Aidan McCarthy struck for their third point after 16 minutes but try as they might Clare could not stop this free-scoring Waterford side who maintained the four point lead, 0-9 to 0-5, with ten  minutes remaining in the opening half.

Ciaran Power, Cormac Power and Conor Shanagher were all on the scoreboard by the 25th minute to leave the visitors 0-11 to 0-7 ahead. The home side began to take control with Eanna McMahon impressive at midfield and Darragh Lohan to the fore in exchanges on the wing. However entering injury time Alan Kirwan struck for the first goal.

A solitary response from McCarthy left Clare in arrears 1-11 to 0-8 at the break and looking at the championship exit door. A positive start by the home side at the beginning of the second half heralded a brace from Aidan McCarthy and a single from clubmate Tom Barry. But Iarlaith Daly hit back in the 36th and 42nd minutes. By the end of the third quarter two further McCarthy efforts had Clare within a goal as both sides brought on replacements.

Tom Barry wins the ball ahead of Meldan O'Dwyer.

Tom Barry wins the ball ahead of Meldan O’Dwyer.

Clare managed just one point in the final quarter from substitute Oisin Cahill while Waterford added 1-3, including an injury time penalty from goalkeeper Niall Power that flew past Fiachra Donnellan in the Clare goal Waterford had strong performances from Niall Power, Meldan O’Dwyer, Sam Flynn, Iarlaith Daly, Ciaran Power, Cormac Power the stylish Alan Kirwan and John Devine.

Best for a one dimensional Clare side was Aidan McCarthy who, despite his great effort, ran the ball into trouble and lost it on a number of occasions when team mates looked better placed. The high ball sent into Tom Barry yielded little in terms of scores despite all hard graft up front. Eanna McMahon was influential at midfield and at centre back in the second half whilst Lorcan Fitzpatrick, Darragh Lohan, Aaron Moloney and Bradley Higgins offered their best.

CLARE: Fiachra Donnellan, Ronan Donnelly, Aaron Moloney, Evan Keogh, Darragh Lohan, Darragh Whelan, Bradley Higgins, Conor Shanagher, Eanna McMahon, Ronan Molloy, Lorcan Fitzpatrick (0-2), Aidan McCarthy (0-7), Michael Hynes (0-1), Tom Barry (0-1), Darren O’Brien (0-1). subs: Eoin Power for Molloy, Ciaran Hassett for Whelan, Jordan Downes for  Hynes, Oisin Cahill (0-1) for O’Brien,  Eamonn Breen for Lohan.
WATERFORD: Niall Power (1-0), Conor Ryan, Meldan O’Dwyer, Fionnan Hickey, Tadgh Foley, Sam Flynn, Luke O’Brien, Neil O’Sullivan, Iarlaith Daly (0-3), John Devine (0-1),  Ciaran Power (0-3), Kyle Bennett (0-2), Cormac Power (0-4), Dylan Finn, Alan Kirwan (1-2). Subs:  James Riordan for Power,  Liam O’Brien for  O’Sullivan,  Kevin Hennessy for  Bennett, Brian Cooke (0-1) for Finn, Jack Troy for Kirwan.
Referee: Mark Maher (Cork)