The Nire ease through to last eight

The Nire booked their place in the last eight of the Waterford senior football championship with a 1-13 to 1-5 victory over 2011 champions Ballinacourty in Saturday’s group stage clash at Fraher Field.

The winners were rocked by the concession of a Mark Ferncombe penalty in the 4th minute but once Seamas Lawlor crashed home The Nire’s goal in the 10th minute they went on to dominate the tie.

They led 1-9 to 1-1 at the interval, and were never in any danger thereafter.

Early goal strikes by Killian O’Keeffe and Sean Fleming sent Clashmore/Kinsalebeg on their way to victory (and the quarter-finals) when they overcame Dungarvan 2-10 to 0-9 at Fraher Field.

Stradbally edged outKilrossanty (0-8 to 0-7) at Fraher Field in a game which failed to live up to expectations.

The opening quarter produced just a Kilrossanty point and it was just 0-4 to 0-2 in Stradbally’s favour at half-time.

The second half continued in the same vein, with Stradbally hanging on for a fortuitous win.

Ardmore were the most decisive winners of the weekend and weren’t flattered by a 3-10 to 0-11 win against a Gaultier side left facing a relegation battle.

Goals by Kenny Murphy and county hurling star Seamas Prendergast enabled Ardmore lead 2-5 to 0-6 at the interval, and their third goal by Seamas Keating ended Gaultier’s hopes.

The closest game of the weekend at Kill failed to separate Rathgormack and St Saviours, with the rivals ending level, 0-9 each, at the end of a hard fought hour.

The sides were also deadlocked, 0-5 each, at the interval.

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