Lawlor is now a doubt for the Munster championship semi-final against Limerick next month.
His side won an ill-tempered affair in the opening game at Fraher Field defeating Rathgormack by 2-8 to 1-8. First half goals by Shane and Martin Walsh gave the winners a 2-3 to 0-5 half-time lead, but a converted penalty by Paudie Whelan in the 39th minute edged Rathgormack in front.
However the Nire finished the stronger and were good value for their win.
Goals by Robert Ahearne and David Grey inside the opening 18 minutes ensured a winning start for reigning champions Stradbally, 2-8 to 0-7, against arch rivals Kilrossanty at Dungarvan yesterday.
Last night’s local derby meeting of Ardmore and Clashmore at Fraher Field was the best of the weekend with Ardmore deservedly winning on a 1-7 to 1-5 scoreline.
Waterford hurling goalkeeper Clinton Hennessy scored a goal for the winners with Karl O’Keeffe replying for Clashmore. Ardmore led 1-3 to 1-2 at half-time and managed to stay in front throughout a hard-fought second-half.
Ballinacourty, who are regarded as one of the championship favourites just about deserved their 0-9 to 1-5 victory over St Saviours at Leamybrien. Adam Brophy scored the game’s lone goal in the opening half but they still trailed by 0-6 to 1-1 at the interval and stayed in front to the end.
The local derby meeting of Brickey Rangers and Ring provided a tight, tense game at Ardmore but again little by way of quality football. Just a point separating them at hour’s end, 0-7 to 0-6
Ballinameela proved far too good for a Gaultier side , winning, 0-7 to 0-2, against an opposition that stumbled and stuttered to one of their most abysmal ever defeats.