Sunday, 20th May 2018
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Minor footballers lose out

Leamybrien hosted the playoff of the Munster Minor Football Championship playoff on Wednesday last which saw Waterford face neighbours Tipperary with a semi-final date against Clare for the victor. Having failed to Cork in their opening game of the competition the backroom team knew that only an improved performance from the Deise would suffice against the Premier in this "last chance saloon". Waterford had lost out to a very talented Cork outfit (4-20 to 0-4) in their opening fixture while Tipperary went down to Kerry with the Kingdom winning 1-15 to 0-4. Tipperary however had another playoff game against Limerick which they won 2-12 to 1-11 before facing the Deise.

The opening minutes saw both teams rather tentative although the home side were buoyed by a goal within ten minutes from Rathgormack clubman James Power which saw the home side ahead 1-1 to 0-2. With the aid of the elements Tipperary began to settle and points from Sean O'Connor, Eddie Daly and scorer in chief Christy English (Ballyporeen) saw the visitors creep ahead. There was a touch of luck in the Tipperary goal. A looping effort from Kyle Shelly, within the last five minutes of the half, dropped over keeper Niall McSweeney to give the Premier a comfortable lead at the break 1-9 to 1-2 with the Waterford points from James Power and Liam Fennell. To be fair to McSweeney the Gaultier custodian was superb on a number of occasion during that opening half as he came to the rescue with some excellent saves. Tipperary were the dominant team in that opening half but had also spurned a number of chances by missing the target. Manager Matt O'Doherty must surely have wondered if they would bemoan these chances as the second half unfolded. Likewise Waterford manager, Tom Flynn, would be well aware that even a seven point deficit but with the aid of the breeze in the second period this game was well within their grasp.

The opening ten minutes of the second half had a huge bearing on the final result as Tipperary claimed their second goal. Niall McSweeney was in action early in the half as he once again made a superb save from Devon Ryan. The Knockavilla / Donaskeigh Kickhams forward then had an opportunity but his effort came straight back off the post and he crashed the rebound to the net. Waterford were dealt a huge blow ten minutes later as wing back Liam Fennell, who was showing superb form, received a second yellow card from referee Alan Long. The Cork reiteoir having cautioned the Stradbally clubman minutes earlier. Despite this the fourteen man Waterford side continued to play in a determined fashion and although the game was in the dying minutes they claimed a second goal from Aaron Ryan to leave Tipperary ahead 2-11 to 2-6 at the end.

No doubt Waterford will be hugely disappointed at the final result but to be fair there were a number of players who showed up really well and over time who knows. For Tipperary they will be buoyed with this win and will go on to meet Clare in the semi-final in confident fashion although they will also be concerned at the wide tally of fourteen.

UPDATE

In the JJ Kavanagh sponsored Senior Hurling Championship, all clubs have now played their opening two games and as it stands the groups are as follows. Ballygunner the reigning champions have played and won two and top Group A with four points. Both Abbeyside and Ballyduff Upper have two points each from two games with An Rinn still pointless. On the weekens of 1st July Abbeyside versus An Rinn and Ballygunner versus Ballyduff Upper have been pencilled in.

Group B sees De La Salle on maximum points with four from two games. They are followed by both Dungarvan and Fourmilewater who have a brace of points from two games. Tallow are still pointless. Again on the weekend of July 1st De La Salle are due to face Dungarvan with Fourmilewater facing Tallow.

Group C is proving a very tight affair with Passage, Roanmore, Mount Sion and Lismore all on two points from their opening two games. As above the final round of games in the group have been earmarked for weekend of 1st of July with Lismore facing Mount Sion and Passage against Roanmore.

In the Football Championship Group A sees reigning kingpins Stradbally have two wins and sit atop the group with four points. Dungarvan and Portlaw have two points each with Ardmore still without a point. The final games of the group are due to take place on the weekend of 15th July with Stradbally facing Dungarvan and Portlaw against Ardmore.

Group B has Nire with four points followed by Ballinacourty and Clashmore/Kinsalebeg on two points each and Brickies still to register. The final games of the group to take place again on weekend of 15th July with Clashmore/Kinsalebeg versus Brickies and Nire versus Ballinacourty.

In Group C, Rathgormack are the pace setters with a maximum four points followed by An Rinn with two and Kilrossanty and Gaultier have one points each. The final fixtures of the group to be played on July 15th sees An Rinn versus Rathgormack and Kilrossanty against Gaultier.

Congratulations to Ballinacourty who last weekend claimed the Under 21 County Football Championship courtesy of a 3-15 to 0-11 win over Gaultier. The winners led throughout and held a five point lead over the team from the Barony 1-7 to 0-6 at the break before running out convincing winners in the second half.

CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS

A reminder to all that tickets for the upcoming Munster Championship games will go on sale from the usual outlets on Tuesday 1st May. The cost for all group games is Pre-purchase E20/E15 with five euro extra if purchased on match day. The games in Cusack Park Ennis vary somewhat

with general admission at E20 all round and E25 if purchased on match day. Concession of E5 for OAP's and students with valid ID prior to entry at the designated gate. Juvenile (under 16) will gain admission, access all areas for just five euro. It is expected that in line with previous years the majority of tickets will be purchased through the selling agency (Supervaly/Centra/Online) with tickets for all ten Munster games being made available.

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