Monday, 23rd July 2018
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Senior Hurling

Championship

Before the intercounty break there was another round of the JJ Kavanagh Senior Hurling Championship completed last weekend. Dungarvan, following an opening round win over Tallow (3-20 to 2-13) were quietly fancied to over come Fourmilewater who were edged out by an impressive De La Salle outfit on a 4-17 to 1-15 scoreline. The Old Boro with the Curran very much to the fore were in early control with the elements at their back and led 0-6 to 0-1 midway through the opening half. Leading 0-10 to 0-3 at the break it looked as though the Dungarvan form was holding up but gradually Fouremilewater eat into the lead, and with the time marching on the Ballymacarbry outfit finally got level. A late late point from Shane Walsh eventually gave them the lead and claimed a very welcome two points as Dungarvan just did not have the time to react. However there will be a hell of a lot more from both clubs before we reach the knockout stages.

ABBEYSIDE SECURE WIN

The second game of the evening saw Ballyduff Upper look to put back to back victories together following their opening round win over An Rinn (2-16 to 0-18). Opponents Abbeyside were searching for their first win following a defeat to defending champions Ballygunner 1-12 to 0-7. The Reds with the assistance of the breeze were quickly into stride and led 0-5 to 0-2 after twenty minutes. However a goal from Abbeyside's number thirteen Patrick Hurney saw parity 0-5 to 1-2 just before the break. A point on time saw Ballyduff Upper ahead by a solitary score with the elements to face in the second half. Abbeyside manager Peter Queally would have been quietly fancying their chances. Goal number two for Abbeyside came directly after the resumption as Sean Whelan Barrett gave his team a three point lead 2-13 to 0-6 and with points from Mark Ferncombe they held out for a 2-9 to 0-10 win and a very welcome opening two points.

PASSAGE BACK ON WINNING TRAIL

Passage forward Owen Connors was the driving force behind their 1-20 to 1-14 win over Mount Sion at Walsh Park on Saturday evening. Without the services of county star Austin Gleeson this very youthful Mount Sion outfit made a very encouraging start and led 0-7 to 0-2 midway through the first half. However a goal before half time from Thomas Connors edged Passage ahead 1-10 to 0-8 at the break. The Mount Sion management brought Austin Gleeson in for the last quarter and the intercounty man had the Passage net bulging within eight minutes. Mount Sion were level 1-14 apiece but the experience of Passage was put to the test and they came through with six points to spare.

DE LA SALLE MOTOR ALONG

Although they were made to battle really hard against a determined Tallow outfit, it was De La Salle who prevailed on Sunday last on a 0-14 to 1-8 scoreline. The Stephen Street club trailed at the break 1-5 to 0-4, the goal coming from Tallow full forward Tommy Daly but with the breeze the Waterford city team began to find their rhythm and were worthy winners at the end.

O'TOOLE GOALS GIVE ROANMORE POINTS

Having been on the wrong end of the scoreboard the previous week against Mount Sion (2-12 to 1-14), Roanmore were searching for their opening win against Lismore on Sunday afternoon. A terrific penalty save by Roanmore goalkeeper Billy Nolan in the early minutes saw the Waterford city team retain a 0-3 to 0-2 lead. Nolan then had the opportunity to score from a penalty but he blazed wide on 23 minutes. Lismore through the efforts of Maurice Shanahan led going towards the break but a goal from Emmet O'Toole in the dying minutes saw the teams tied 0-9 to 1-6. Less than ten minutes into the second half and O'Toole hit the net once again and when Daniel Murphy got goal number three in the 52nd minute the cushion had been built and despite a heroic effort from the Cathedral Town it was a 3-14 to 0-16 win for the Cleaboy outfit.

BALLYGUNNER ON COURSE

Despite not playing at the top of their form Ballygunner secured their second win of the campaign as they beat 2017 Intermediate champions An Rinn on a 0-27 to 1-8 scoreline. Installed odds on favourites before a ball was hit there is no denying but the Gunners will be hard to shift from their lofty perch. Leading 0-14 to 0-4 at the break Ballygunner continued to dominate and this despite a goal for An Rinn through the efforts of Aodhan Mac Gearailt on 52 minutes. Score in chief for Ballygunner was Pauric Mahony with a huge thirteen points. This win keeps the Gunners on top of their group with four points while both Abbeyside and Ballyduff Upper have two apiece. An Rinn have yet to gat some on the board.

De La Salle lead Group B with maximum points (4) with Fourmilewater and Dubngarvan on two each and Tallow yet to register.

In Group C all teams (Roanmore, Passage, Lismore and Mount Sion) have two points each. We will just have to wait until after the break to see if the fortunes of clubs have turned up or down.

FOOTBALL MATTERS

There is a full complement of fixtures arranged for this weekend in the JJ Kavanagh Senior Football Championship.

Saturday 14th

Group A Dungarvan versus Portlaw at 17.45 in Kill and Stradbally versus Ardmore at 1900 in Leamybrien.

Group C Rathgormack versus Gaultier at 1930 in Kill

Sunday 15th

Group B Nire versus Clashmore/Kinsalebeg in Ardmore at 14.30 and Ballinacourty versus Brickies in Fraher Field at 1800

Group C An Rinn versus Kilrossanty in Fraher Field at 1930.

WATERFORD LADIES BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT

The Waterford Ladies Football team secured their place in the league semi-final at the weekend as they defeated Tipperary 1-19 to 2-6. An opening point from Maria Delahunty along with a goal in the second quarter from the same player set the team on their way as they led 1-11 to 1-4 at the break. In the second half Waterford always appeared to have the reserves for victory and while Mairead Morrissey did claim a second goal for the Premier, late points from Sinead and Michelle Ryan secured Waterford a comprehensive victory. Going into their semi-final the Waterford management will have been particularly pleased with the converted scoring opportunities which will surely give the team huge confidence as they move forward to face Cavan.

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