After a tight opening half, Abbeyside got the crucial break a minute into added time when Mark Fives crashed a semi penalty to the net to give his side a 1-7 to 0-7 lead despite having played into a strong wind.
Midway through the second half midfielder Patrick Lynch nabbed the winner’s second goal to open up a six point gap, and while they battled right to the end De La Salle could never close the gap.
Scorers for Abbeyside: M. Fives(1-3); M. Gorman(0-6); P. Lynch(1-0); T. Murray(0-1).
De La Salle; J. Quirke(0-7); I. Flynn, M. Barden, K. Moran, C. Moloney(0-1) each.
ABBEYSIDE: D. Ryan; M. Browne. J. Kindregan. R. Foley; J. Mullan. S. Hanrahan. B. Scanlanb; P. Phelan. P. Lynch; P. Hurney. M. Fives. M. Gorman; T. Murray. E. Enright. J. Goirman; Sub; J. O’Brien for Murray.
DE LA SALLE: L. Mullally; M. Sheehan. I. Flynn. D. Greene; D. Russell. M. Doherty. I. Cantwell; M. Barden. K. Moran; I. Moore. A. Ryan. P. Nevin; M. Giles. J. Quirke. B. Twomey; Subs; S. Power for Cantwell; C. Moloney for Giles.
Referee. John M. Kelly (Shamrocks).
Fourmilewater 3-8 Dunhill/Fenor 1-13
FOURMILEWATER overcame a 10 point deficit to fashion a sensational one point victory over defending champions Dunhill/Fenor in the Waterford MHC ‘B’ final at Walsh Park yesterday.
Ahead by 1-10 to 1-3 at the interval, the titleholders added three rapid points within minutes of the restart, and at that stage it seemed that only their margin of victory remained to be determined.
But Fourmilewater, with their injured senior star Liam Lawlor operating at full forward, produced a stunning comeback.
Lawlor was the star of the show and his goal in the 54th minute narrowed the deficit to three points, 1-13 to 3-4. Points from him and Patrick Walsh left the minimum separating the sides.
Lawlor became the hero when he landed a 61st minute equaliser and seconds later rifled over what provided to be the priceless winner.
Scorers for Fourmilewater: L. Lawlor(2-4); S. Byrne(1-0); P. Walsh(0-3); D. Morrissey(0-1).
Dunhill/Fenor: J. Phelan(1-5); M. Murphy(0-3); A. Cornelly(0-2); S. Curran(0-2).
FOURMILEWATER: J. Ryan; D. O’Gorman. D. McGrath. M. Walsh; S. Gleeson. Maurice O’Gorman. Michael O’Gorman; L. Lawlor. T. O’Gorman; D. Morrissey. P. Walsh. S. Lawlor; E. Wall. M. Moore. S. Byrne; Sub; E. Morrissey for Byrne.
DUNHILL/FENOR: S. Ryan; M. Quilty. P. Murray. D. Raher; S. Ryan. J. Ryan. P. Casey; S. Keane. A. Cornelly; J., Phelan. M. Murphy. S. Curran; S. O’Hara. C. Power. P. Power; Subs; S. Casey for Keane; A. Quilty for J. Ryan.
Referee: Tommy O’Sullivan, Cappoquin.
An Ghaeltacht 2-8 Ferrybank 1-4
BACK TO BACK titles for An Ghaeltacht as they impressively retained their Waterford "B” minor football championship title with a deserved and decisive double scores victory over Ferrybank at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, on Saturday.
Not a great final by any means, far too niggly with several incidents the game could have done without.
Scorers for An Ghaeltacht; M. Toibin (0-4, frees); P. O’Murchadha (1-0); P. O’Domhnaill (1-0); D. O’hIarlatha (0-2); S. O’Ceallaigh and M. S. O’Murchu (0-1) each.
Ferrybank; C. Hoban (1-2); E. O’Neill (0-2).
AN GHAELTACHT: M. O’Maolaidh; A. de Roiste. A. O’Ceallaigh. C. O’Manachain; Brian O’Hannragain. N. O’Murchadha. T. O’Droma; S. O’Ceallaigh. L. O’Maolchatha; M. Toibin. D. O’hIarlatha. M. S. O’Murchadha; P. O’Murchadha. T. O’Ceallaigh. P. O’Domhniall; Subs; I. O’Ceallaigh for T. O’Ceallaigh; Breandan O’Hannragain for Brian O’Hannargain.
FERRYBANK: C. Tierney; W. Phelan. E. McKenna. S. Anderson; D. Maher. M. O’Neill. J. Hennessy; C. Fell. D. Heffernan; J. O’Byrne. E.O’Neill. V. Hetherington; J. Dillon. C. Hoban. C.Doyle; Sub; A. Stacey for O’Neill (inj).
Referee: F. Lonergan, Butlerstown.