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Clare into semis of Waterford Crystal Cup

Updated: Sunday, 19 Jan 2014 20:30 | Comments

Limerick's Cathal McNamara is pursued by Clare's Nicky O'Connell, Liam Markham, Bobby Duggan and Conor Cleary
Limerick's Cathal McNamara is pursued by Clare's Nicky O'Connell, Liam Markham, Bobby Duggan and Conor Cleary

All-Ireland Champions Clare got their 2014 Waterford Crystal Cup off to a winning start, while there were quarter-final wins also for UCC, Tipperary and UL.

A first minute goal from David Reidy helped pave to the way for a 1-14 to 0-11 victory for Clare over Limerick at Sixmilebridge,.

Clare led by 1-03 to 0-02 after 15 minutes and had moved 1-09 to 0-06 ahead by the interval. 

Clarecastle’s Bobby Duggan top-scored with 12 points for the hosts, who maintained their half-time lead at the finish to claim a six-point win.

Clare will return to Sixmilebridge for next Sunday’s semi-final where they will face UCC, who claimed a 3-28 to 2-14 win over Mary Immaculate College at the Mardyke this afternoon.

Goals from Cork senior player Conor Lehane and Limerick pair Willie Griffin and Jack Ahern helped UCC to a 3-18 to 0-07 interval lead.

UCC led by 3-21 to 0-11 entering the final quarter, and although Mary Immaculate registered goals from Cork's Jamie Wall and Tipperary’s Niall O'Meara it was too late for the Limerick college side.

Tipperary will face UL in the other semi-final, with the Premier County accounting for Kerry by 2-16 to 0-08 at Austin Stack Park in Tralee.

Tipperary led by 0-09 to 0-03 at half-time and held Kerry to five second-half points as goals from Michael Cahill and Eoin Kelly in the closing 20 minutes ensured the visitors went home with a 14-point win.

UL registered a 2-30 to 1-20 win over fellow college side Waterford IT at the WIT GAA grounds in Carriganore.

In a high-scoring encounter UL led by 1-13 to 0-12 at the interval thanks to a goal from Tipperary's Tommy Heffernan.

WIT worked hard to get into contention but Clare hurler Podge Collins registered UL's second goal, with John Ryan netting WIT's lone goal.

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