Scare for Déise as Hennessy hurt in Ardmore win

WATERFORD hurling goalkeeper Clinton Hennessy suffered an injury scare in the opening round of the senior football championship.

The Ardmore man was assisted from the field with a leg injury in the second half of their 1-9 to 0-8 win over Rathgormack at Fraher Field.

However the problem was diagnosed as a dead leg and he flew out with the county squad for a week-long warm weather training camp in Portugal.

Hennessy’s 1-2 proved the difference in Saturday’s game while county colleagues, Declan and Seamas Prendergast also impressed.

In Saturday’s second game at Fraher Field, Ring — who played three quarters of the game without county star Liam O’Lionain, enjoyed a surprise 0-12 to 0-10 victory over Clashmore.

The sides were level on five points apiece at the break and in a frenetic finale man-of-the-match Mike Toibín kicked two points to decide the issue.

Champions Ballinacourty were less than impressive in their 0-14 to 2-5 defeat of St Saviours at Leamybrien on Saturday.

The sides were level at 0-2 each after 18 minutes before ‘Courty rifled over six rapid-fire points. However a Sean Corcoran free wormed its way to the champions net and Saviours only trailed by three points (0-8 to 1-2) at the break.

A Stephen Whelan goal in the 37th minute left just a point between them, but Ballinacourty upped the tempo and a four-point flurry — two from John Gorman — sealed their win.

Stradbally made a winning start to their campaign at Walsh Park, but it was a close call against unfancied Gaultier (1-8 to 1-7).

A major upset looked on the cards when Gaultier raced into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead inside 20 minutes, but a 23rd-minute penalty converted by county hurling captain Michael “Brick’’ Walsh helped the favourites to lead 1-4 to 0-6 at the break.

They eased four points clear going into the final quarter, but a Paul Maher penalty in the 50th minute had Gaultier back in the race. That was to be the game’s final score and with both sides wasting chances in the final minutes.

Leamybrien hosted the Nire and group side St Brendan’s yesterday with the former winning 1-14 to 1-5. They eased into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead by the 18th minute but Anthony Kiely scrambled a goal for the losers narrowing the deficit to 0-8 to 1-2 at the break.

But the Nire’s county hurling star Shane Walsh showed the way with quality points, and the tie was decided with Connie Power’s clinically executed goal in the 54th minute.

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