Gunners see off Sion to ease into last eight

Ballygunner became the first team to qualify for the Waterford SHC quarter-finals following a low-key top of the table tussle with Mount Sion at Walsh Park last night (0-20 to 1-9).

Gunners see off Sion to ease into last eight

Pauric Mahony and Conor Power directed matters as the Gunners led from start to finish.

After losing the last three championship encounters to their fiercest rivals, last year’s runners-up were quickly into their stride and had six points in hand at half time (0-9 to 0-3).

They raced five clear within ten minutes through two Pauric Mahony frees and one apiece from Conor Power, Harley Barnes and Brian O’Sullivan. A below par Sion shot nine wides during the opening period.

The Gunners stretched the gap to ten by the third quarter. Pauric Mahony posted seven points to lead the way in the scoring stakes and the sharpest forward on show, Conor Power, grabbed six from play.

The Monastery men rallied briefly through a Eoin McGrath goal on 51 minutes but Ballygunner were never seriously troubled. They closed out the contest with late points from Power and Mahony.

In the all-western affair at Fraher Field, a slick Dungarvan outfit finished 14 points in front of an understrength Ardmore (1-22 to 0-11) and their second win of the campaign leaves them in a good position to reach the knockout stages.

All six forwards scored for James O’Connor’s side before half-time as the Blues held a commanding 1-11 to 0-6 lead. Cormac Curran was central to that early progress as he landed six points and set up two more. Cathal Curran’s deft flick to the roof of the net on the quarter hour mark opened clear daylight between the teams.

The victors rounded off with 1-18 from play and could even afford the luxury of hitting 13 wides. Cormac Curran (eight points) and Cathal Curran (1-4) flowed freely throughout with Jamie Nagle in charge at centre-back.

Ardmore started minus the services of former inter-county players Clinton Hennessy and Declan Prendergast along with minor representative Michael Cronin. Seamus Prendergast struck over a fine tally of nine points (seven placed balls and two from play). With no points to show from three outings, Ardmore are scrapping for senior survival.

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