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Anthony Daly suggests Waterford got their tactics wrong against Clare

“Waterford will be very disappointed but losing so many big players had to be a factor in such a below-par display. On the other hand, they didn’t do themselves any favours either, on the field and on the line.”

Former Clare captain and manager Anthony Daly felt Waterford got some of their tactical decisions wrong against Clare.

Liam Cahill’s side fell to a 1-22 to 0-21 defeat and writing in the Irish Examiner, Daly gave his take on the match.

Calum Lyons is one of Waterford’s better players but he stayed on Tony Kelly for the duration of the tie and Daly suggested this was a mistake, as Lyons could not contribute from general play.

Anthony Daly managed Clare and Dublin.

“Waterford will be very disappointed but losing so many big players had to be a factor in such a below-par display. On the other hand, they didn’t do themselves any favours either, on the field and on the line,” Daly wrote.

“I mentioned here on Saturday about the Tony Kelly-Calum Lyons match-up, and the risk that would entail for Waterford.

“It was very clever from Brian Lohan to play Tony in the full-forward line, the one place Lyons didn’t want to be, but I couldn’t understand why Liam Cahill was willing to dilute the scoring threat Lyons had posed from deep throughout the league.”

Anthony Daly Clare

Waterford have won one of their last 13 Munster championship matches.

John Conlon played at centre-back for Clare and got on a lot of ball though Daly did not think Waterford should have left him as a free man.

“Allowing John Conlon — who Waterford effectively allowed play as a sweeper — to play so much easy ball was crazy stuff,” he wrote.

“Repeatedly pucking it down his neck was even crazier again when John is so good in the air and so comfortable on the ball.

“Maybe we were all a little guilty of writing Clare off too early because it’s only three years since John was an All-Star.”

Anthony Daly Waterford

Anthony Daly is optimistic about Clare after win over Waterford.

Daly named a lot of players who are assets to his native county, while the former Dublin manager felt that Clare’s half-back line showed a big improvement from 2020.

“Having Colm and Ian Galvin back reminded everyone of how much they were missed last year,” the former Clare star wrote.

“Aidan McCarthy and Diarmuid Ryan, two of the best young players in the country, have also come into that team.

“So has Ryan Taylor, who worked really hard again. Rory Hayes came on in that 2018 All-Ireland semi-final and he was outstanding again yesterday. Paul Flanagan really stepped up too.

“Conor Cleary proved again why he is one of the most underrated players Clare have ever produced, while a half back line that was too static last year against Waterford were much flexible and fluid.

“Paidi Fitzpatrick completely obliterated Jack Fagan, while it was also great to see Davy McInerney getting game-time.”

Clare will face 2019 All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the Munster hurling championship semi-final, in what should prove to be a step up for the Banner county.

Anthony Daly Waterford

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