Sunday, 20th May 2018
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Minor Footballers in Playoff

It was a chastening experience for the Waterford Minor Footballers on Wednesday last in Pairc ui Rinn as the home side put in an awesome display to overwhelm the Deise on a 4-20 to 0-5 scoreline. There was a feeling that this year the Rebels had a serious outfit but time will tell. Indeed year on year there is a huge expectancy on Leeside regarding their underage performances and 2018 saw little change.

The game itself was very much one way traffic despite a huge effort from the travelling team. Right from the moment in the third minute when Clyda Rovers clubman Conor Corbett goaled to give Cork a 1-1 to 0-0 lead it was always going to be uphill for Waterford. A second goal within the opening ten minutes from Aodhan O'Luasa saw the hosts eleven points ahead although De La Salle's Niall O'Keeffe did have a brace of points and Rathgormack's James Power added another before the break. They faced a mountain in the second half as they trailed 2-13 to 0-3.

The second half began much as the first with Cork adding a third goal through Evan Cooke within three minutes of the restart. The rebels continued to kick on the scoreboard although James Power had a point for Waterford in the 38th minute and Niall O'Keeffe had another midway through the half. Unfortunately these were only sporadic scores against a well oiled Cork minor outfit who before the end added a fourth green flag through Sean McDonnell. The final score 4-20 to 0-5 was hugely disappointing but the Deise do still have a chance to progress with a semi-final spot at stake in their next outing against Limerick or Tipperary. The former beaten by Clare (3-13 to 2-9) will face the Premier, beaten by Kerry 1-15 to 0-4), on Wednesday evening with the winner out the following week against Waterford. However there are a number of provisos after that. If Waterford or Tipperary come through the three team playoff they face Clare on 8th May. If Limerick, having already played the Banner, come through the playoff, then they will face Cork with Clare playing Kerry.

No doubt we wish Waterford all the best in the upcoming challenges knowing that a win would see them in with every chance of reaching a Munster Final. A win over Limerick or Tipperary would do wonders for the confidence.

SENIOR FOOTBALL KICKS OFF

There was full opening round of the JJ Kavanagh sponsored Waterford Senior Football Championship completed last weekend. Leading 0-5 to 0-3 at the break, reigning kingpins Stradbally, came through against a determined Ardmore side on a 1-12 to 0-7 scoreline. The decisive score of the game came early in the second half as Michael Sweeney goaled for the reds. Likewise Nire, who were beaten finalists in 2018, saw their challenge off to a winning start as they overcame Clashmore/Kinsalebeg in a goal fest. County senior hurler Conor Gleeson had their opening goal on twenty minutes to put the Ballymacarbry side ahead 1-3 to 0-1. Further goals from Gleeson, Shane O'Meara and Tholum Guiry saw the goal hungry Nire side ahead 4-3 to 0-5 at the break. Last year's runnersup appeared in a very strong position but as the early minutes of the second half unfolded both Jamie Barron (2nd yellow) and Tom Barron were sent from the field and they were forced to play the final twenty minutes with thirteen players. Clashmore/Kinsalebeg had a goal from Shane Russell with ten minutes remaining and the lead was back to two points (4-3 to 1-10). However try as hard as they could Clashmore/Kinsale just could not breach the lead and further goals from Craig Guiry and Shane O'Meara saw the Nire home.

Both Gaultier and Rathgormack have had plenty of underage success in recent years. However at senior level this success has not been reciprocated. Maybe it is only a matter of time. At the weekend both clubs were looking for the perfect start. The team from the Barony were first on the scoreboard as JJ Hutchinson pointed. It was however brief as Rathgormack were full value for their 2-11 to 1-6 win. Likewise both Dungarvan and Portlaw were hoping that an opening round success would be a real positive of things to come. The Tannerytown made that winning start as they overcame the Old Boro on a 0-9 to 0-6 scoreline.

On Sunday evening Ballinacourty, who have consistently been at the business end of the competition, were winners over Brickies on a 2-14 to 0-4 scoreline. Leading 1-8 to 0-1 at the break thanks to a Tom Looby goal the winners continued to dominate in the second half. A second goal from Neil Montgomery confirmed the win for Balinacourty who will be hoping that they can regain the title after some near misses in the past few years.

The final game between An Rinn and Kilrossanty saw two clubs who have been making quite progress in recent years. The men from the Gaeltacht made a quick start with points from Donie Breathnach and Liam O'Lionain giving them a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. However Kilrossanty did come close to the opening goal as number five James Whyte hit the crossbar. With Joey Veale and Donal Fitzgerald adding points for the Leamybrien outfit it was An Rinn ahead 0-4 to 0-3 at the break. There was still little to separate the sides throughout the second half although Kilrossanty edged ahead (0-7 to 0-6) through a Niall Walsh point with just a minute remaining. It certainly looked as though they had secured the victory but just before the end An Rinn levelled through Donie Breathnach to give both teams a deserved draw.

NEXT UP

The race for the Conway Cup will see a full round of competition this weekend before the break and in that respect the following fixtures have been pencilled in;

Saturday 21st

Group A; Ardmore versus Dungarvan. Stradbally versus Portlaw.

Group B; Nire versus Brickies, Calshmore/Kinsalebeg cersus Ballinacourty.

Group C; An Rinn versus Gaultier.

Sunday 22nd

Group C; Kilrossanty versus Rathgormack

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