Abbeyside’s late rally rescues dramatic draw

The tie of the Waterford championship weekend lived up to expectations with Dungarvan and Abbeyside finishing level after a thrilling spectacle at Fraher Field on Saturday evening.

Abbeyside led 1-9 to 0-8 at half-time with Patrick Hurney goaling in the 17th minute. But wind-assisted Dungarvan enjoyed the better of the second half and looked set for victory when edging two points clear. But deep in injury time, Mark Ferncombe and Michael O’Halloran, held their nerve to snatch a draw (0-18 to 1-15).

The opening action of the weekend results in a second successive shock defeat for champions Ballygunner who lost to Ballyduff Upper at Fraher Field (0-16 to 0-13) with the winner’s goalkeeper Adrian Power denying the Gunners with a superb last-gasp save.

With just one win from three starts, the pressure is now firmly on the champions to make the knockout phase.

The county intermediate champions of the past two years, Roanmore and Dunhill, provided fans with a full-blooded game at Walsh Park on Saturday. Roanmore staged a dramatic second-half rally to secure a 1-15 to 2-10 victory.

First-half goals by Thomas Casey and Eamonn Murphy gave Dunhill a 2-6 to 0-6 interval lead. Roanmore stormed back on the restart and Daniel Murphy’s goal, together with a superb display of point-taking from Gavin O’Brien who landed 1[0 in total, secured the spoils.

Yesterday’s doubleheader at Fraher Field confirmed Fourmilewater as the first of the qualifiers for the quarter-finals after their commanding 2-15 to 1-12 victory over a Mount Sion side who have lost all three group games.

In the second game which provided a titanic second-half battle, Lismore also assured themselves of a place in the last eight when Maurice Shanahan’s last-gasp pointed free from inside his own half earned them a fortuitous 2-18 to 4-12 draw with Passage.

Fourmilewater led Mount Sion by 1-10 to 0-7 at the interval having dominated the first half. Their goal came from the outstanding Shane Walsh in the 10th minute, and the county star ended with an impressive 2-5.

With Eoin Kelly also chipping in 2-5, Passage came within seconds of a dramatic win over unbeaten Lismore. Passage, who led by 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time, lost the services of All Star defender Noel Connors after 21 minutes. They refused to allow that setback to deter them however and they looked poised to score a dramatic victory until Shanahan’s prodigious equaliser.

Having been shocked by Fourmilewater last time out, pre-championship favourites De La Salle got their title challenge firmly back on track at Fraher Field last night against Tallow (4-20 to 0-9).

An early brace of Dean Twomey goals set the scene and with Jake Dillon adding a third in the 14th minute, it was all over as a contest when the winners led 3-11 to 0- 5, at the interval. Goal number four came from Jack Kennedy in the 46th minute, and De La Salle remained in cruise control as they coasted to the most facile of victories.

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