Abbeyside get back on track

Waterford SHC, Round 4

Abbeyside get back on track

Despite losing their first two championship games, the 2013 semi-finalists have knuckled down and achieved back-to-back wins. John Hurney (2-1), Patrick Hurney (1-4) and Mark Ferncombe (six points) all made significant contributions for the victors.

The Villagers held a three-point half-time lead (2-5 to 1-5), Patrick Hurney lashing in a low shot on 14 minutes to give them the upper hand. John Heneghan pounced for Lismore on 27 minutes after Maurice Shanahan’s shot was saved.

Abbeyside went straight up the other end when John Hurney whipped home after his first effort was hooked.

Four points in succession from Lismore levelled the tie on 43 minutes as they utilised the breeze. Maurice Shanahan scored nine points and Ray Barry scored two corkers from midfield.

The teams were level three times during the second period. Abbeyside only clung to a slender lead when John Hurney charged through the centre on 55 minutes to unleash a powerful shot to seal the spoils.

In a tight Group 1, all five teams can still join leaders De La Salle in the quarters.

Dungarvan strolled towards the quarter-finals from Group 2 as they did enough in the first half to brush off Ballyduff Upper by seven (1-18 to 1-11).

With wind assistance, all six forwards posted scores by the break as they raced 10 clear (0-14 to 0-4). Full forward Ryan Donnelly hit four of those. The Reds threatened a recovery and narrowed to within five by the close of the third quarter.

Chief scorer Mikey Kearney struck seven and Cian Leamy also foraged at midfield. The Blues put away three in a row through Ryan Donnelly, Patrick Curran and Cormac Curran to quell the comeback.

Patrick Curran returned from minor duty to strike a goal on 52 minutes. Jamie Kearney bagged a consolation when Stephen Molumphy burst through and Kearney rattled the roof.

Ballygunner kept up their 100% record last night with an 18-point hammering of Tallow in Dungarvan (1-25 to 1-7).

Fergal Hartley’s side led 10 points to five at midway against the breeze. Although Evan Sheehan’s goal on 37 minutes briefly brought Tallow back into contention, Conor Power’s goal was an instant response.

Pauric Mahony bagged 10 points (six from play) and Brian O’Sullivan struck six as 10 separate sources delivered.

Mount Sion walloped Ardmore by 15 points at the Kill grounds (1-26 to 2-8) to confirm their progression.

Richard Roche’s goal after 30 seconds pushed Sion 1-15 to 1-4 ahead by half-time. Martin O’Neill (10 points) and Austin Gleeson (six) also enjoyed prolific outings as Anthony Kirwan’s side coasted home.

Seamus Prendergast shot 2-6 in a losing cause for Ardmore, who must defeat Tallow next Saturday to avoid a relegation play-off.

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