Waterford SHC: Patrick Curran the star as Dungarvan ease past Passage

Patrick Curran shot 1-8 as Dungarvan enjoyed a convincing win against Passage at Fraher Field last night (1-16 to 2-8).

Seven different players popped up with scores for James O’Connor’s men as they collected their second championship victory. The Blues limited their opponents to five scores from play over the hour.

Curran scored 1-5 by the halfway stage as Dungarvan moved 1-9 to 1-5 ahead. Michael O’Brien whistled for a Passage penalty in the ninth minute after corner back Luke Egan fouled Liam Flynn. Owen Connors flashed his shot left and wide.

Dungarvan recorded 1-4 without response to forge nine points ahead. Ryan Donnelly set up a simple finish for Patrick Curran on 21 minutes. Connors raised a first white flag for Passage in sixteen minutes. Substitute Eoin Kelly flicked to the net three minutes before the break. Curran struck a spectacular point over the shoulder as Dungarvan departed four in front.

The Blues eased seven clear early in the third quarter. Passage corner forward John Whitty then smacked the crossbar on 39 minutes. Points from Ryan Donnelly, Jamie Nagle and Curran buried the contest. They could afford to shoot fifteen wides by full time. Aaron Connors produced an injury time goal for Passage.

Holders Ballygunner savaged Ballyduff Upper by 32 points (4-29 to 0-9).

Denis Walsh’s side soared 18 points up at half time (2-17 to 0-5) as Peter Hogan and Pauric Mahony raised green flags. Shane O’Sullivan added a third after David Walsh fumbled his long delivery. Stephen Power smashed another major with two minutes remaining. Mahony ended as leading scorer on 1-10 with ten players on target.


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