MOUNT SION completed the Waterford SHC quarter-final line up after defeating last year’s intermediate champions Dungarvan in the concluding round of the group stages at Walsh Park yesterday (2-18 to 0-17).
Goals by Ian Galgey and Martin O’Neill nullified Dungarvan’s flying start and helped the winners lead 2-7 to 0-11 at the interval. The sides traded points throughout an exciting second half and the accuracy of Ken McGrath and Stephen Roche ensured Mount Sion ran out deserving winners against a game opposition that battled to the end.
In the second game at Walsh Park titleholders Ballygunner were pushed all the way by an Abbeyside outfit playing only for pride, with the Gunners having five points to spare at the finish (2-13 to 0-14).
The goals, both scored in the opening half, were the scores that decided the issue. Brian O’Sullivan registered the first after 13 minutes and 11 minutes later Shane Walsh had the second leaving the champions 2-5 to 0-9 in front at the break. They always held that advantage on the turnover and in the end were good value for their expected win.
Dungarvan’s Faher Field also hosted a doubleheader with Lismore emerging as the most facile winners of the day defeating Ballyduff Lower (4-19 to 1-9). Maurice Shanahan scored 1-12. De La Salle eased past an under strength Fourmilewater in the second game at Fraher Field, winning just as decisively as the 0-23 to 0- 13 scoreline suggests.
Passage East (3-9) and Tallow (1-15) had the only drawn game of the day at Leamybrien, and while Tallow’s equaliser came from a William Henley point in injury time it was no less than their battling display deserved.
In the remaining game at Cappoquin the unbeaten run of Ballyduff Upper was never in any danger as they outscored Stradbally by ten points, 2-17 to 2-7. After the completion of the group stage of the championship the quarter-final line up has thrown up some mouthwatering pairings, none more so than the renewal of rivalry between the city giants Ballygunner and Mount Sion and the derby showdown of next door neighbours Lismore and Ballyduff Upper.
Waterford SHC quarter-finals: Passage East v Fourmilewater; Ballygunner v Mount Sion; Lismore v Ballyduff Upper; De La Salle v Tallow. Dates, time and venues to be finalised.
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