Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Football quarter final weekend

The opening game of the Football weekend saw Ring face Clashmore/Kinsalebeg. The latter made the early running with Brian Lynch (0 3) edging them six points ahead in the opening ten minutes. It was all about to change. Eleven minutes in Liam O’Lionnain fisted a goal for Ring and followed up a minute later with a super strike. A point from O’Lionain saw Ring ahead for the first time. Brian Lynch along with Sean Fleming continued to keep the scoreboard ticking for Clashmore but a third goal from O’Lionain and points from Fearghal O’Cuirrin saw Ring ahead 3 6 to 0 10 at the break. With a comfortable lead it was going to be hard work for Clashmore but no one could fault their effort as they claimed the second half (0 9 to 0 5) to leave a point betwen the sides. That however was enough for Ring to win.

Ballinacourty Through In Powerpacked Second Half

On Sunday afternoon Ballinacourty booked their place in the semi final draw with a 2 16 to 0 11 win over Gaultier. At half time the team from Barony were ahead 0 7 to 0 5 and a shock looked on the cards. JJ Hutchinson had opened the scoring and Gaultier led 0 7 to 0 2 after twenty three minutes. The Ballinacourty attack however was beginning to fire and ten minutes into the second half they were ahead 0 9 to 0 8. Mark Ferncombe, Patrick Hurney, Neil Montgomery began to find space and they edged 0 11 to 0 8 ahead midway through the half. The opening goal of the game came for Ballinacourty on 58 minutes as Mark Ferncombe finished to the net. Double scores 1 15 to 0 9. A second goal from a Donal Looby penalty confirmed the win for Ballinacourty who shot 2 11 in the second half. Gaultier had put in a huge effort but could not maintain it through the second half. Certainly something to build on in 2019.

NIRE THROUGH

Beaten in the final of 2017, Nire are back again in the semi final after a titanic struggle against Rathgormack. The men from Ballymacarbry were taken to extra time before their 1 18 to 2 10 victory. A Paul Drohan goal on seven minutes saw Rathgormack with 1 2 on the scoreboard. However this Nire side have a wealth of experience to call on and a Shane O’Meara goal midway through the half ignited the spark. Three minutes later though Rathgormack answered that with a goal from Jason Curry and the lead was back to five points 2 4 to 1 2. Four points on the trot from Nire closed them to within a point 2 4 to 1 6 at the break and they were ahead ten minutes into the second half with a James McGrath point. There was still nothing between the sides in that last quarter and the game ended level 2 8 to 1 11. Extra time saw the Nire experience pull through with former hurling star Shane Walsh adding three points and this gave Nire a 1 14 to 2 8 win but what an almighty struggle they had to endure from Rathgormack.

CHAMPIONS OUT

Reigning champions Stradbally are out of the competition are a 2 13 to 0 12 defeat to neighbours Kilrossanty. A Paul Whyte goal in the opening five minutes followed by another from Joey Veale on 26 minutes saw the Leamybrien outfit ahead 2 6 to 0 5 at the break. Kilrossanty continued to hold sway throughout the second half as Stradbally lost Jack Mullaney to a second yellow card. The game ended with Kilrossanty seven points clear 2 13 to 0 12 and no doubt they will be buoyed by this victory their first over the Reds for quite a while.

RELEGATION

Dungarvan dropped out of the Senior ranks after defeat to Brickies on a 3 8 to 0 14 scoreline. Brickies got the better start with a goal from Christy Murphy in the opening ten minutes. The same play executed a second goal before the break to see his team ahead 2 6 to 0 8. Intercounty star Gavin Crotty was the scorer in chief for Dungarvan in that opening half with five points. There was little between the teams in that second half but a late goal for Brickies from Conor McGrath tipped the scales in their balance and saw them secure their status on a 3 8 to 0 14 scoreline.

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