De La Salle in danger of the drop

Three time county champions De La Salle face a relegation play-off to keep their Waterford SHC senior status intact after Fourmilewater dumped them out of the race for the News & Star trophy on Saturday evening at Fraher Field.

De La Salle, who lifted provincial honours in 2008 and 2010, only notched two second half points as the Ballymacarbry outfit ran out resounding 1-18 to 1-7 victors.

Jamie Sage’s goal separated the teams at half time (1-5 to 0-5) before the victors took charge. Craig Guiry drove at the De La Salle defence and set up Diarmuid Wall for a goal on 40 minutes (1-7 to 1-6). Benji Whelan’s team landed eight unanswered points in a lop-sided last quarter. Jamie Barron accounted for eight points with man-of-the-match Craig Guiry notching five from play. Fourmile meet Roanmore in the last eight on Saturday while De La Salle tackle Lismore in a battle to avoid intermediate hurling.

Ballygunner and Mount Sion will renew hostilities in the quarter-finals after the latter defeated Lismore by 0-21 to 3-10. Martin F O’Neill dispatched two injury-time frees to get Sion across the line after Maurice Shanahan levelled matters for Lismore. The winners shot 18 wides over the hour as they enter into a repeat of last year’s county final.

The 2014 runners-up led 0-11 to 1-6 at the break as they recovered from a soft concession to Ray Barry on 16 minutes. With Martin O’Neill and Austin Gleeson in charge around the middle, they surged five points clear during the third quarter. On 42 minutes, a penetrating run from Barry teed up Jordan Shanahan to shoot past Ian O’Regan and bring Lismore back into the tie (0-15 to 2-7). Sion responded and went four points up entering stoppage time.

In the first added minute, Dan Shanahan poked home from close range and younger brother Maurice tacked on a free to equalise. O’Neill was on hand however to deliver the win for Mount Sion.

Goals in either half by Kevin and Andrew Casey proved crucial for Ballyduff Upper as the 2007 winners reserved their place in the next round with victory over Abbeyside (2-13 to 0-17).

The Ballyduff inside line of Michael Kearney, Kevin Casey and Andrew Casey contributed 2-12 between them as they seized control in the second half. Shane Kearney and Tom Feeney also made sizeable contributions in a defence that only gave away six points from play. They did receive a late scare however when Gary Hurney’s injury time effort flew over the bar for a point. Ballygunner recorded their fourth win out of five outings and topped their group with a 0-20 to 0-16 triumph against Tallow at Bushy Park. The teams were tied at eight points each at the break but the Gunners made a run for it on the restart with five points in the space of six minutes. Brian O’Sullivan came up with 0-8 for Denis Walsh’s team. Passage remain the only unbeaten club in the county after they beat Cappoquin by 4-15 to 1-11 in Kill. Despite this heavy loss, Cappoquin will stay in the senior ranks for next season— Patrick Curran pocketed eight points and sub Gavin Crotty netted a late three pointer as Dungarvan beat Roanmore by 1-21 to 0-12 at Walsh Park. This sets up an all Western affair against Tallow in the last eight.

Waterford SHC quarter-finals: Ballygunner v Mount Sion, Passage v Ballyduff Upper, Fourmilewater v Roanmore, Dungarvan v Tallow. SHC Relegation play-off: De La Salle v Lismore.


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