The sides were level seven times before points from Mitchell Casey and Ian Cantwell put Seamus Quirke’s side in the driving seat. Casey and Cantwell combined for seven points between them.
The Eastern side held a 2-3 to 0-7 half-time advantage. Paddy Kennedy tidied up the crumbs on 23 minutes after Paul Curran palmed away a Conan Watt delivery. A minute before the break, Lee Hayes thumped home from close range. Rob Shine secured Ballinameela’s first goal of the championship 16 seconds after the restart, but 10 wides in total means they will contest an all-Western relegation play-off with Ardmore.
St Saviours also reached the last eight for the second successive year despite losing to Stradbally at Walsh Park (0-14 to 1-7). Joey Phelan converted a penalty with seven minutes left to tie the contest but Stradbally powered home with four unanswered points.
Gaultier missed the cut after Group 2 winners The Nire staged a dramatic late surge at the Kill venue to sneak past them 1-9 to 1-7. Brad Carroll’s wonder goal early in the second period gave Gaultier a three point cushion. Shane Ryan kept his cool from the penalty spot, however, to level matters on 56 minutes and injury time points by Conor Gleeson and Brian Wall maintained their winning streak.
Ardmore’s 17 year stay in the top flight is under threat after local rivals Clashmore dumped them into a relegation play-off on Saturday night (2-13 to 0-10).
The green and red sprinted out of the blocks at Bushy Park. Paul O’Connor’s goal on 14 minutes helped them into an 11 point lead. Clashmore were out of sight when Noel Smyth managed a second three pointer three minutes before the interval.
Ballinacourty were always in control against a weakened Kilrossanty (1-16 to 0-4). The champions reached the dressing room 0-5 to 0-1 on top following a dull first half hour.
Courty kicked on and Mark Ferncombe laid on a goal for Patrick Hurney with nine minutes left to open up a 15 point gap.
An Rinn secured second place in Group 1 as their attacking flair and pace overcame Rathgormack (0-18 to 0-7) at Stradbally. Donie Breathnach, Liam Ó Lonáin and Lorcán Ó Corraoin all lit up the scoreboard as the Gaeltacht men made it four wins from five. They held a six point cushion by the break (0-11 to 0-5).
Waterford SFC quarter-finals: The Nire v Rathgormack; Stradbally v Kilrossanty; Ballinacourty v St Saviours; An Rinn v De La Salle