Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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De La Salle edge out old rivals

A triple header on Sunday afternoon began with the meeting of city rivals De La Salle and Mount Sion. There was little to seperate the sides throughout the opening half with Shane Ryan crashing home a goal for the Stephen Street outfit after ten minutes to see them ahead 1-7 to 0-8 at the break. A feature of the opening half was some magnificent striking of line balls by Mount Sion talisman Austin Gleeson who managed three in a row from neat the 65 metre line.

There was still little seperating the sides in the opening ten minutes of the second half. However when Eddie Meaney got free to goal in the 41st minute De La Salle had a commanding eight point lead 2-12 to 0-10.

Two more goals followed from Paidi Nevin and Cormac McCann and there really was no way back for Sion. A late consolation goal from an Austin Gleeson penalty, after the player himself was fouled. This was answered almost immediately with a goal from Thomas Douglas which saw a very impressive 5-17 to 1-16 win for de La Salle and their semi-final place secured.

HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP DOWN TO FOUR

Last weekend saw the completion of the JJ Kavanagh sponsored Waterford Senior Hurling quarter-finals with reigning champions Ballygunner, De La Salle, Passage and Abbeyside all coming through their respective games.

ABBEYSIDE FIRE WARNING

Up first was the meeting of Western clubs Abbeyside and Tallow. Abbeyside had come through directly from the group stage while Tallow were made to fight a playoff against their neighbours Ballyduff Upper. This game saw the Bridesiders ahead by the narrowest margin (3-22 to 1-27) at the death and it was expected that the extra game might well sharped Tallow in their quest for a semi-final spot. Abbeyside took the brave decision of placing under 21 star Conor Prunty on intercounty senior player Tommy Ryan and the move paid a sparkling dividend as it took away one of the major Tallow scoring threats.

A goal from Neil Montgomery followed by a second from Sean Whelan Barrett saw Abbeyside ahead at the break 2-13 to 0-4 and they continued to dominate throughout the second half although the damage had been done in that opening thirty odd minutes.

CHAMPIONS THROUGH

Reigning kingpins Ballygunner faced a back in form Roanmore in the second game on Sunday afternoon. The Knockboy outfit are at very short odds to hold onto their title but they got an almighty scare from the Cleaboy club. The Light Blues edged three ahead through Daniel Murphy and Gavin O'Brien before Brian O'Sullivan had a Ballygunner goal on 11 minutes 1-1 to 0-3. Halftime saw the sides level 0-9 to 1-6 with some superb shooting from both the afforementioned O'Brien and Pauric Mahony. In the second half the Gunners forward division clicked into gear and they led 1-16 to 0-11 with just five minutes remaining. That remaining time however saw a huge response from Roanmore and a goal from Eoin Madigan they closed to within three points 1-16 to 1-13. Time however ran out and the Gunners had safely negotiated one of their sternest tests.

PASSAGE IN GREAT HEART

The final game of the hurling weekend saw Passage and Dungarvan faceoff. Many pundits were divided on how this game would go. Back in situ for the Old Boro were both Darragh Lyons and Patrick Curran although the latter did not start but did see action during the opening thirty minutes. That opening half saw Passage in dominant mood and goals from Stephen Lynch and Owen Connors gave them a 2-9 to 0-8 halftime lead. The team from the fishing village continued to press home the advantage in the second half and goals from Liam Flynn on 51 minutes followed by another five minutes later from Richard Hurley saw them ahead 4-16 to 0-14 as time began to run out. In the final few minutes former intercounty star Eoin Kelly bagged himself a goal and number five for Passage as they claimed a 5-18 to 0-15 victory.

SEMI-FINAL DRAW

Following the completion of the round the semi-final draw was made and it resulted as follows;

Abbeyside versus De La Salle and Passage versus Ballygunner. Times and venues to be confirmed but two mouthwatering games that will surely bring out followers in their droves. The relegation playoff sees Ballyduff Upper face An Rinn after both teams failed to secure their automatic senior status for 2019. Ballyduff Upper going down to Fourmilewater 3-18 to 1-19 and An Rinn going down 3-21 to 1-18 to Lismore.

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