Lack-lustre start to campaign

Michael Kiely

St Brendans Paddy Dunphy in possession against Paul Gleeson during their Waterford Senior Football Championship first-round clash at Fraher Field. | Photo: Michael Kiely

Ardmore 0-12; St Brendan’s 0-7 

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In a week when there was calls made in the national media for the GAA to open its championships with a high-profile game, unfortunately the 2009 Lawlor’s Hotel Waterford Senior Football Championship began last weekend with a game that is unlikely to remain in the minds of those present for a long time.

Over the course of the hour this game seldom if ever reached true championship standards. Ardmore in the opening half were very disappointing, although in the second period they did show a marked improvement. St Brendan’s were never allowed the same freedom after the change of ends and as the game progressed they appeared to be running out of steam.

Playing without the services of Mick Ahearne, the group side opened the scoring inside a minute of the start thanks to a point from Ray Hennessy. Wayne Hennessy responded for Ardmore with a hat-trick of points which were Ardmore’s only scores of the half.

Ray Hennessy cut Ardmore’s lead to a single point and when Paddy Dunphy and Andy Hubbard pointed inside a minute of each other St Brendans went in at the break one point to the good.

The second thirty minutes were well and truly controlled by Ardmore. Wayne Hennessy pointed twice inside the opening three minutes of play. Alan North and Hennessy again added further points before North once more put the seasiders four points in front.

Paddy Dunphy and the impressive Niall Hennessy pointed twice for St Brendans inside a two-minute spell to which Alan North responded to with a brace. Senior inter-county goalkeeper Clinton Hennessy added a pair of points late in the second half for Ardmore. The last score of the game came in stoppage time when Andy Hubbard raised a white flag for the losers as Ardmore ran out winners 0-12 to 0-7.

The men from St Declan’s Way could claim to be unlucky not to have won the game by more. Towards the end of the first half Clinton Hennessy had two great goal chances: the first was well saved by Tom Hayes and his second effort was miss-hit and in turn mishandled by the net minder and went wide of the upright.

In the second half Hennessy’s shot looked goal-bound before at the last second rising over the crossbar for a point.

Ardmore: C Hurley; A Ahearne, M Supple, K Murphy; P Gleeson, D Prendergast, R Hennessy; S Prendergast, W Hennessy; J O’Donnell, A North, Cathal Hennessy; G North, Clinton Hennessy, D Hennessy. Subs: A Flavin for Ahearne, O Foley for G North, B Keane for D Hennessy

Scorers: W Hennessy 0-6, A North 0-4, Clinton Hennessy 0-2.

St Brendans: T Wall (Bunmahon); R Kirwan (Newtown), G Dunphy (Newtown), D Crowley (Bunmahon); J Power (Bunmahon), N Hennessy (Kill), F Whelan; M Hennessy (Kill), D Casey (Bunmahon); C Hennessy (Kill), T Power (Bunmahon), A Kiely (Kill); R Hennessy (Kill), A Hubbard (Newtown), P Dunphy (Newtown). Sub: P Kirwan (Kill) for M Hennessy.

Scorers: R Hennessy, P Dunphy, A Hubbard 0-2 each, N Hennessy 0-1.

Referee: M Condon (Clashmore).

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