Battle lines drawn up for quarter-finals

The quarter-final line up in the Waterford SFC has now been confirmed after the concluding weekend of games.

Champions Ballinacourty will play Ring while the Nire meet Kilrossanty, Stradbally face Ardmore and Clashmore battle with Rathgormack on dates to be confirmed. In the relegation tie, St Saviours will play Dungarvan.

Defending champions Ballinacourty turned in their most impressive display of the championship to date — blitzing Ardmore 2-16 to 0-8 at Fraher Field on Saturday.

Ardmore are also through to the last eight, however, but on the evidence of this substandard display, they will be hard pressed to progress further.

John Gorman scored Courty’s opening goal within 30 seconds and they led by 1-11 to 0-5 at half time.

Without their injured county hurling star Seamus Prendergast, Ardmore battled valiantly but a Conor Moloney goal two minutes from time completed a rout.

The Nire further strengthened their claims to championship favouritism with a facile 2-14 to 0-6 win over arch rivals Rathgormack at Leamybrien on Saturday.

Jamie Barron’s second minute goal gave the winners the perfect start, and they led by 1-6 to 0-2 at the break. Nire continued to rule the roost on the turnover and Connie Power’s fisted goal on 33 minutes sealed their emphatic victory.

Despite their comprehensive defeat, Rathgormack are also through to the quarter-finals but will need to step up massively on this inept display to have any chance of making further progress.

In a tempestuous affair at Leamybrien last evening, Stradbally defeated Ring by 1-10 to 0-8 with the losers having to play more than half the game with 14 men after the dismissal of Shane Ó Curraoin. Ring led by 0-4 to 0-3 at half-time, but Niall Curran’s 42nd minute goal was the decisive score.

Kilrossanty edged out Clashmore in their game at Bushy Park last evening also, 0-10 to 0-7. The losers, who trailed by 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval, squandered a chance to salvage a draw when they failed to convert a penalty.

Ironically, the best game of the weekend was a relegation battle as Gaultier and St. Saviours engaged in a titanic struggle at Walsh Park before Gaultier finally ensured their survival with a nail-biting 2-10 to 0-15 victory.

In the other game that was all about relegation, Brickey Rangers scored a 2-8 to 0-11 victory over Dungarvan in a lively local derby at Fraher Field last evening.

Christopher Murphy’s 17th minute goal enabled Rangers to lead by 1-4 to 0-6 at half-time, and the decisive score of a hard fought second-half was another major for the winners, scored in the 38th minute by Laurence Houlihan.

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