Following last week’s shock defeat to Tallow they salvaged a draw against Stradbally at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, on Saturday to keep their title defence alive.
For Stradbally, who came within a whisker of a major upset, county captain Michael Walsh was both hero and villain. He was superb in his new centre forward role and hit nine points but wasted several golden opportunities from frees, including one in the closing minute.
Stradbally were full value for their 0-8 to 0-5 half time advantage but can thank goalkeeper Trevor Curran for his blinding save from Brendan Hannon three minutes before the break.
Defences dominated the second half and it looked as though the champions would snatch an unlikely win when Hannon’s ninth point edged them in front for the first time five minutes from the end. However Walsh fired over a free a minute later to bring the sides level once more.
In a frenetic finale Walsh and Hannon struck wides from match winning opportunities leaving keeping both sides’ slim title hopes alive.
B. Hannon (0-8, 0-6f, 0-1 “65’’); P. Kearney, S. Molumphy, K. Geary (0-1) each.
M. Walsh (0-9, 0-6f); G. Walsh, N. Curran (0-1) each.
A. Power; P. Molumphy, T. Molumphy, S. Cunningham; S. Hannon, T, Feeney, G. Feeney; J. Twomey; S. Molumphy; J. Kearney, B. Kearney, K. Geary; P. Karney, S. Kearney, B. Hannon.
T. Curran; K. Coffey, O. Costelloe, T. Walsh; A. Doyle, J. Coffey, P. Doyle; J. Hearne, S. Lannon; T. Grey, M. Walsh, T. Costelloe; N. Curran, G. Walsh, C. Lawlor.
L. Casey for Grey.
J. Condon, Ring.
TALLOW came from six points down to draw this exciting Waterford SHC tie at Fraher Field on Saturday.
It took an injury time free by Richard Fenton to salvage the draw for Fourmilewater but it was no more than they deserved after long spells of dominance. Tallow, in contrast, struggled for much of the hour and never reproduced the form that gave them a decisive victory over titleholders Ballyduff Upper the previous weekend.
Points from Thomas O’Gorman and Shane Walsh gave Fourmilewater a 0-8 to 0-4 interval lead and when the accurate freetaking of Fenton eased them half a dozen points in front (0-12 to 0-6) midway through the second half the result seemed secured.
Tallow responded in champion style. Teenager Tomas Ryan clipped a superb sideline delivery over for a point and eight minutes from time he finished off a fine movement with an equally fine goal before William Henley levelled a minute later.
Fenton and Paul O’Brien exchanged points as the excitement mounted, but Paul Kearney looked to have won it for Tallow when he converted a free on the hour — the first time his side had been in front. Justice was done however when Fenton equalised in added time.
P. Kearney (0-5f); T. Ryan (1-1); P. O’Brien (0-3, 0-1 “65’’);P. Murray, W. Henley(0-1) each.
R. Fenton(0-10, 0-8 frees); S. Walsh(0-2); T. O’Gorman, M. Walsh(-1) each.
B. Power; A. Kearney, S. McCarthy, M. O’Brien; J. Murray, D. O’Brien, K. Geary; P. O’Brien, P. Murray; S. “F’’ McCarthy, W. Henley, P. Kearney; T. Ryan, B. Sheehan, L. McCarthy.
B. Henley for L. McCarthy.
C. Ryan; S. Lawlor, L. Lawlor, J. Walsh; P. Horkan, R. Rice, L. Walsh; Maurice O’Goman, S. Lawlor; B. Wall, S. Walsh. Michael O’Gorman; R. Fenton, T. O’Gorman, M. Walsh.
A. Lawlor for Michael O’Gorman; D. Wall for T. O’Gorman.
D O’Leary, Erins Own.