Abbeyside 2-11 Dungarvan 0-16
Abbeyside came from seven points down to take their place in the quarter-finals of the Waterford SHC at the expense of close rivals Dungarvan after an electric second half at Fraher Field last night.
Mark Gorman tipped the scales in their favour with a last-minute free from 45 metres.
Patrick Hurney produced another top drawer display to haul them back into contention as the tall full-forward scored 1-4 from play to bring his championship total to 8-9. His goal on 42 minutes ignited the contest as he smashed a bullet to the roof of the net.
Abbeyside were untidy in their finishing (15 wides) but they stormed into the final quarter.
Goalkeeper Stephen Enright strode forward with 10 minutes remaining to strike a penalty that squirmed over the line and they were ahead (2-8 to 0-13).
In a see-saw finale, Waterford minor Patrick Curran restored Dungarvan’s lead with a pair of frees to see him finish with nine points in all.
Mark Gorman answered that with two of his own before Cormac Curran set up a tension-filled finish with a scorching leveller from under the stand.
Gorman held his composure, however, and Abbeyside withstood a last-gasp Jamie Nagle free that whizzed wide.
Neither team was assured of progression to the next phase before the action commenced. One or both would remain in the championship by the final whistle.
As word filtered through from Walsh Park that Ballygunner were in total command against Passage, it turned into a knockout fixture.
Abbeyside played with the aid of the breeze in the first half towards the road goal. The Villagers warmed to the task quicker.
After an opening quarter spoiled by poor shooting, they led by 0-3 to 0-1. Patrick Hurney, Richie Foley and Mark Gorman were all on target but 10 wides undermined their efforts for the remainder of the half.
Dungarvan recovered from their early jitters and settled down.
They hit five without response to surge ahead. County minor Patrick Curran starred with six points, including five nerveless frees.
Patrick Hurney ended a 15-minute drought for an Abbeyside point but Curran reeled off three placed balls to leave the Blues 0-9 to 0-4 ahead at half-time.
After a dull opening 30 minutes, the second half exploded into life.
Dungarvan resumed in steady fashion and saw their lead swell to seven. Cathal, Colm and Patrick Curran all split the posts and those were followed by the score of the game from Gavin Crotty, who blasted a monster from inside his own half.
That put Dungarvan in the driving seat with a 0-13 to 0-6 advantage, but Abbeyside and Patrick Hurney were lurking with other ideas.
Scorers for Abbeyside: P Hurney 1-4, M Gorman 0-6 (5f), S Enright 1-0 (1-0 pen), R Foley 0-1.
Scorers for Dungarvan: P Curran 0-9 (8f), Cormac Curran 0-3, G Crotty, Cathal Curran, Colm Curran, J Nagle 0-1 each.
DUNGARVAN: D Duggan; C Sheridan, K Daly, K Duggan; S Kearney, K Moore, E Healy; J Nagle, S Ryan; Colm Curran, G Crotty, P Curran; R Donnelly, Cormac Curran, Cathal Curran.
ABBEYSIDE: S Enright; S O’Donovan, S O’Hare, J Power; M Power, J Gorman, J Hurney; R Foley, D Collins; G Breen, G Hurney, M Fives; M Ferncombe, P Hurney, M Gorman.
Subs: S Crotty for Breen (h-t), M O’Halloran for Collins (53), C Hickey for Crotty (59).
Referee: M O’Brien.