Brick the building block for the Nire

HOLDERS Stradbally suffered their first defeat in the Waterford SFC at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, on Saturday evening going down 0-8 to 0-4 to a Nire side brilliantly led by county hurling stars Liam Lawlor and Shane ‘Brick’ Walsh.

With both teams already assured of their places in the knock out quarter-finals, the Nire led 0-4 to 0-3 at half-time but with Stradbally restricted to a solitary point on the turnover, the winners eased their way to their deserved victory.

Ballinacourty, who were also guaranteed to progress, set about maintaining their unbeaten group stage record and won every bit as decisively at the 2-12 to 0-8 final scoreline suggests, leading by 2-3 to 0-5 at the interval.

Ballinameela’s hopes of repeating last season’s surprise advance to the semi-final died a death at Fraher Field yesterday in their 2-14 to 1-9 loss to Ring.

Two goals by Liam Ó Lionáin and Cian Ó Conchubhair were responded to by just one from Robbie McCarthy.

A storming finish by Gaultier saw them garner a last-gasp share of the spoils, 1-12 to 3-6, against Brickey Rangers.

The result copperfastens both teams places in the last eight.

Ardmore and St Saviours fought out a dogged 0-5 to 0-5 draw at Leamybrien, a result good enough to give Ardmore their passage into the last eight but one that leaves St Savours facing the prospect of a relegation dogfight.

In the remaining weekend game, Rathgormack lost out by 1-9 to 0-9 in their local derby showdown with rivals Kilrossanty in Kilmacthomas and as a consequence will now be involved in a three-way relegation dogfight with St Saviours and Ballinameela.

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