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Dublin: 13°C Tuesday 11 May 2021


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Afternoon all and welcome to today’s live coverage of the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final clash between Clare and Waterford. Galway have already sealed their place in the last four, so who will join them in Pairc Ui Chaoimh?

Here’s how the sides are named to start:


1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

2. Ian Kenny (Ballygunner)
3. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
4. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)

5. Calum Lyons (Ballyduff Lower)
6. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore-Kinsalebeg)
7. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)

8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)

10. Jack Fagan (De La Salle)
11. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)

13. Dessie Hutchinson (Ballygunner)
14. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
15. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)


1. Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle)

2. Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones)
3. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown)
4. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber)

5. Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle)
6. Aidan McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona)
7. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)

8. Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona)
9. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)

10. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
11. David Reidy (Éire Óg)
12. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)

13. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
14. Colin Guilfoyle (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
15. Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin)

It’s prediction time. Who do you fancy to win this one? 

Poll Results:

Waterford (270)
Clare (184)

Three late changes for Brian Lohan’s side. Aaron Shanagher, David McInerney and Jack Browne come in for David Reidy, David Fitzgerald and Colin Guilfoyle.

We’ll have a moment’s silence now to remember the victims of Bloody Sunday on its 100th year anniversary. Not long to go before throw-in.

The game is delayed slightly for the commemoration. The national anthem is underway.

Clare 0-0 Waterford 0-0

1 min – We’re underway finally and it looks like Calum Lyons is picking up Tony Kelly from the start.

Clare 0-1 Waterford 1-0

2 min – Great start for Liam Cahill’s men, before Tony Kelly responds for Clare. Austin Gleeson is playing at full-forward for Waterford.

Clare 0-3 Waterford 1-0

5 mins – Tony Kelly has rolled his ankle and looks to be in bother as he receives treatment. Shane O’Donnell and then McInerney send over efforts to draw Clare level. 

Clare 0-3 Waterford 2-1

6 mins – Waterford are hunting for goals and Bennett forces a good save from Quilligan. Tony Kelly returns for Clare but Jamie Barron tags on a score for Waterford.

Clare 0-4 Waterford 2-4

11 mins – Stephen Bennett and Kieran Bennett add a score apiece for the Deise. Here’s a look at Hutchinson’s second goal.

Clare 0-6 Waterford 2-5

16 mins –Dessie Hutchinson and Tony Kelly trade points. 

First-half water break as Waterford lead by 2-5 to 0-6. What a start for Dessie Hutchinson here with 2-1 in four possessions.

Clare 1-6 Waterford 2-5 

19 mins – Clare are back to within two after Shanagher’s goal.

Clare 2-6 Waterford 2-5

20 mins – Shanagher’s second goal leaves the Banner in front. What a turnaround it’s been for Clare after a poor start. Another game that changed in momentum after the first-half water break. 

Clare 2-6 Waterford 2-7

22 mins – Austin Gleeson comes outfield to get his hands on some ball and he drops one over from distance. Stephen Bennett adds a free for the Deise, who retake the lead. 

Clare 2-7 Waterford 2-7

24 mins – Shane O’Donnell adds an outstanding point after a great crossfield ball by Clare.

Clare 2-7 Waterford 2-8

25 mins – 2-2 now for Aaron Shanagher after his latest point. He’s been a revelation so far. 

Clare 2-9 Waterford 2-7

26 mins – Kelly’s fourth point arrives from a free.

Here’s a look at Shanagher’s first goal:

Clare 2-9 Waterford 2-9

29 mins – We’re level now for the fourth time after a brace from Bennett, including one free.

Clare 2-10 Waterford 2-9

33 mins – Tony Kelly with another free for the Banner as they retake the lead. That’s his 50th point of the championship so far, not bad going in three and a half games. We’re into the last 90 seconds of regulation time. 

Clare 2-10 Waterford 3-10

35 mins – Hutchinson created the goal with brilliant vision to pick out Fagan, the Meath native who slotted home. Kieran Bennett follows that up with a point as the game swings back in Waterford’s favour.

HT - Clare 2-10 Waterford 3-10

We’re back underway for the second half.  

Clare 2-10 Waterford 3-12

40 mins – Bennett and substitute Neil Montgomery give Waterford a great start to the second-half. 

Clare 2-11 Waterford 3-12

40 mins – Tony Kelly uses all his skill levels to bring Clare back to within four.

Clare 2-12 Waterford 3-13

42 mins – Hutchinson brings his tally to 2-2. 

Some action from the first-half:

dessie-hutchinson-celebrates-scoring-his-second-goal Dessie Hutchinson after scoring his second goal. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

aaron-shanagher-celebrates-scoring-their-second-goal Clare’s Aaron Shanagher celebrates scoring their second goal. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Clare 2-12 Waterford 3-13

44 mins – The wides are adding up for Clare. Waterford are looking good to reach their first All-Ireland semi-final since 2017. 

Clare 2-12 Waterford 3-14

45 mins – Kieran Bennett extends the Waterford lead to five with his third score of the day.

Clare 2-13 Waterford 3-14

46 min – Ryan Taylor pulls one a nice steal and pops over his first of the day. 

Clare 2-13 Waterford 3-15

50 min - Tadhg de Burca with a lovely effort from 70 metres. Clare are struggling to create their own scoring chances here. 

Clare 2-14 Waterford 3-16

51 min – Kelly’s sixth point arrives from a free. Waterford respond immediately through Fagan. We’re at the second-half water break now. 

Clare 2-14 Waterford 3-17

53 mins – Gleeson fires over a nice score to extend the lead to six.

Clare 2-14 Waterford 3-18

55 min – Jamie Barron with the latest for Waterford. Clare will need to pull off something special here if they’re to change the momentum of this game. David Reidy and Aaron Cunningham have been introduced by Brian Lohan.

Clare 3-14 Waterford 3-19

59 mins – Shanagher created the goal there with a great pass. Hutchinson wins a free off Rory Hayes and it’s converted by Bennett. 

Clare 3-14 Waterford 3-20

60 min – McInerney forces a great save from Stephen O’Keeffe. At the far end Calum Lyons extends the Deise lead to six.

Clare 3-15 Waterford 3-21

62 min – Bennett capitalises on a mistake by O’Halloran and splits the posts. 

Clare 3-15 Waterford 3-23

64 min – Bennett with another free for Waterford and Patrick Curran adds another. They’re cruising home now. 

Clare 3-15 Waterford 3-24

66 min – Bennett keeps the scoreboard moving for Waterford.

Clare 3-16 Waterford 3-24

67 mins – Cathal Malone bangs over a long-range point for the Banner.

20-yard free in for Clare, Tony Kelly to take it.

68 mins – Waterford stop his low shot and Kevin Moran clears it. Still eight points in it.

Clare 3-16 Waterford 3-25

69 mins – And Conor Gleeson nudges Waterford ahead by nine with a nice point after being introduced. At the other end a snapshot by Aaron Cunningham, less clearcut than his earlier chance, is blocked by Stephen O’Keeffe.

Sub: Waterford bring on Ciarán Kirwan for Dessie Hutchinson.

Clare 3-17 Waterford 3-26

73 mins – Conor Gleeson again after being fed by Patrick Curran and Waterford are set for an All-Ireland semi-final next week. Malone hits a consolation point for Clare.


Full-Time: Waterford 3-27 Clare 3-18

A late Darragh Lyons point rounded off Waterford’s successs. David Reidy grabbed a late one for Clare.

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