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Mark Fitzgerald satisfied after his Clare side seal win over potential ‘banana skin’ in Waterford

MARK FITZGERALD was satisfied after Clare made it back-to-back Munster finals for the first time since 1937 with a routine 14-point win over Waterford.

The victory, secured with goals from Emmet McMahon and Mark McInerney, also seals their place in the top 16 for the All-Ireland series.

Clare manager Mark Fitzgerald satisfied after his Clare side beat Waterford

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Clare manager Mark Fitzgerald satisfied after his Clare side beat Waterford
Clare made it back-to-back Munster finals for the first time since 1937 with a routine 14-point win over Waterford

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Clare made it back-to-back Munster finals for the first time since 1937 with a routine 14-point win over Waterford

The Déise will now play in the Tailteann Cup.

Banner boss Fitzgerald said: “It’s been a potential banana skin for Clare teams in the past so we’re just happy to get into the Munster final.

“If you told me this in September when I got the role, I’d probably bite your hand off for it.”

There was confusion at half-time as the referee and scoreboard had the tally 1-12 to 0-4 but the media had it at 1-11 to 0-4.

After checking with his umpires, David Murnane corrected it to the latter.

Clare continued to stretch ahead and from a quick counter, Aaron Griffin squared for McInerney to punch home.

Waterford’s Tom O’Connell hit back by fisting a high ball to the net but it was not to be for the hosts.

WATERFORD: P Hunt; R Browne 0-1, C Walsh, L Fennell; D Ryan, W Beresford, R McGrath 0-1; M Curry, J Curry 0-2, 1f; S Whelan-Barrett 0-1, D Fitzgerald, B O’Keeffe; S Curry, T O’Connell 1-1, 0-1f, J Power. Subs: J Walsh for Fitzgerald 39 mins, C Mac Craith for Beresford 43, A Dunwoody 0-3, 2f for Browne 47, B Hynes for McGrath 61, M O’Brien for J Curry 66.

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CLARE: S Ryan; M Doherty, C Brennan, R Lanigan; A Sweeney, C Rouine, I Ugweru; B McNamara, D Bohannon 0-2; G Murray 0-1, D Coughlan 0-1, C Downes 0-4, 1 45; M McInerney 1-2, 0-1f, A Griffin 0-5, E McMahon 1-3, 0-1f. Subs: C Murray for G Murray 35 mins-h-t blood, C Murray for McMahon 46, J McGann for Bohannon 51, D O’Donnell 0-2 for McInerney 55, C Burke for Sweeney 59, T McDonald for Coughlan 67.

REFEREE: D Murnane (Cork).

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