Ballinacourty's credentials well tested

Ballinacourty survived a stern test on Saturday night in Dungarvan before eventually overcoming Adrmore (1-12 to 1-9) in a tense Waterford senior football championship clash.

Ballinacourty's credentials well tested

Patrick Hurney (0-5), Michael O’Halloran (0-4) and Shane O’Donovan (1-1) helped them rebound from last weekend’s narrow loss to The Nire and earn a spot in the last eight.

O’Donovan’s bullet finish to the top corner powered Courty into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead after 12 minutes. Ardmore stormed back with captain Kenny Murphy spearheading their charge. Conor O’Shea smashed in a goal before the interval to leave his side only two points adrift (1-6 to 1-4). Patrick Hurney notched four second half points, including one disputed effort, to keep their opponents at arm’s length.

Brickey Rangers bagged their first win as they edged out 14-man An Rinn by 1-14 to 1-13 in a fine tussle last night. Cormac O’Grady kicked the winner in the third minute of injury time for last year’s intermediate winners.

The corner forward finished on six points (five from play). Fearghal Ó Ceallaigh and Carthach Barry traded goals either side of half time. Donie Breathnach hit nine points for An Rinn but they let slip a three point lead over the final quarter.

The Nire romped to a 19 point win over Rathgormack (4-12 to 0-5) as the holders ran amok in the second half to confirm their quarter-final place. Darren Guiry netted a second half hat-trick. Rathgormack held The Nire scoreless for the first fifteen minutes but only managed to register a sixth minute free from Jason Curry. The Ballymacarbry side punished those misses when Gearoid Hearn found the corner of the net at the second attempt and they led 1-4 to 0-4 at the break. The Nire put their opponents to the sword with Guiry’s goal rush and outscored their opponents by 3-8 to 0-1 in the second period.

Stradbally made it four wins from four with a 0-20 to 1-3 destruction of St Saviours. Eleven names appeared on the scoresheet for the Reds with Paddy Kiely, Robert Ahearne and Michael Sweeney striking three points each. Kevin Boland raised a green flag for Saviours.

Kilrossanty also returned their fourth win on the trot with a 2-13 to 0-6 triumph against Gaultier. They shaded the first half exchanges by 0-4 to 0-3 as their opponents kicked ten wides. JJ Hutchinson levelled matters on the resumption but losing Sean Whitty to a second yellow wounded them.

Two goals in three minutes by Paul Whyte and Joey Veale midway through the second period allowed Kilrossanty charge away.

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