After claiming a draw against county champions Passage the previous Sunday, the Eastern side replicated their tactical plan of tracking back in numbers and breaking with purpose. Gavin O’Brien prospered in a loose midfield role and covered in front of his full-back line for the second-half.
Shane Nolan robbed Shane Lawlor on 15 minutes after an ill-fated short puck-out and he struck home to push Roanmore in the direction of the interval with a 1-7 to 0-3 lead. Jamie Barron shot nine points for Fourmile but they could only post two points from play over the hour. The jubilant Sky Blues are now in second spot in Group 1 with three points banked.
De La Salle top the standings after passing a stern physical examination from Abbeyside at Walsh Park (2-11 to 1-12). County minor captain Shane Ryan bagged a brace. The Villagers snuck ahead 0-9 to 1-4 at the change of ends with Patrick Hurney on song. Ryan’s second green flag steadied Salle although Mark Ferncombe closed to one with a late goal. Kevin Moran got the insurance score.
Elsewhere in the group, Maurice Shanahan landed a last minute equaliser as Lismore drew with Passage (2-12 to 0-18). David Prendergast scored a goal in either half but Peter Queally’s side persisted. After a sluggish opening, nine points through Owen Connors and three from Killian Fitzgerald nudged them clear. Lismore ended on 14 wides but Shanahan managed to tie the contest for the sixth time.
Ballygunner joined Mount Sion at the summit of Group 2 after they walloped winless Ardmore by 23 points (4-23 to 1-9). Brian O’Sullivan, Stephen Power (free) and Barry O’Sullivan blazed first-half goals for the Gunners to depart 3-11 to 1-4 on top at halfway. Former inter county number one Clinton Hennessy responded with a penalty for Ardmore. Stephen Power secured his second goal on 36 minutes for Fergal Hartley’s rampant winners. Brian O’Sullivan popped 1-6.
A Jamie Nagle driven Dungarvan rectified their first round loss by pulling away from Tallow in Lismore at last night (2-20 to 2-12). The youthful Blues, using their pace and playing measured ball into the forwards, sprinted 2-12 to 1-7 in front at half time. Patrick Curran set up Cathal Curran to bury from close range on 16 minutes. Cormac Curran, responsible for 1-4, unleashed a thunderbolt over Shaun O’Sullivan on the stroke of half time. A pair of Bob McCarthy goals couldn’t derail James O’Connor’s charges as classy Patrick Curran finished on seven points.