Nire’s unbeaten run intact – but greater tests lie ahead

The Nire’s Shane McGrath and Gaultier’s PJ Scollard pictured in action during their Waterford Senior football championship third round clash, at Kilmacthomas. | Photo: Michael Kiely

The Nire’s Shane McGrath and Gaultier’s PJ Scollard pictured in action during their Waterford Senior football championship third round clash, at Kilmacthomas. | Photo: Michael Kiely

Nire 2-9; Gaultier 0-8

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Having already qualified for the knock-out stages, the outcome from the Nire’s viewpoint was purely academic, while Gaultier needed at least a draw to make sure of featuring in the quarter finals.

As it is the Barony must now face the gauntlet of a play-off match before knowing their true fate, but on the evidence of this latest battling performance, they could yet get back into the main stream before the current month is very much older.

Pitted against a fairly influential first half breeze, Gaultier performed most admirably, and helped by the opening point of the match after a minute from a free by Anthony Fitzgerald.

The Nire responded with the equalising score from the impressive Liam Lawlor in the fifth minute, and went two clear inside the next six minutes, thanks to the accuracy of Brian Wall from testing placed positions.

As the tempo of the game improved, Eddie Kirwan and Connie Power exchanged points to keep matters on an even keel, but a snap goal from Liam Lawlor in the 19th minute, put the Big Valley very much back in the driving seat.

Matters continued to go the winners way as Martin Walsh, Michael Moore and Brian Wall (free) extended their lead coming up to the break, but a brace of Gaultier points from Paul Maher and Eddie Kirwan gave their side renewed hope, leaving six points between the sides at half-time.

Upon the resumption, Anthony Flynn raised flagging Gaultier hopes with his second point shortly after the restart and remained very much in contention as a result.

Substitute Gearoid O’Connor and Liam Lawlor exchanged points before the 39th minute and an extended dominant spell, the differential was cut to manageable proportions.

Any lingering doubt about the outcome was dispelled on the stroke of time, somewhat against the run of play.

A long ball down the middle from Brian Wall found its way to the well positioned Michael Moore, who unleashed an unstoppable shot to the back of the Gaultier net in the 61st minute of play, to wrap it up for the Big Valley men.

Nire: Tom Flynn, James McGrath, Thomas O’Gorman, Paul Prendergast, John Moore, David Ryan, Diarmuid Wall, Brian Wall, Maurice O’Gorman, Martin Walsh, Connie Power, Shane McGrath, Michael O’Gorman, Liam Lawlor, Michael Moore. Subs: Seamus Lawlor for Michael O’Gorman, Richard Fenton for Maurice O’Gorman, Paul Horkan for Paul Prendergast, Maurice O’Gorman for Liam Lawlor.

Scorers: Liam Lawlor (1-3), Michael Moore (1-1), Brian Wall (0-3), Martin Walsh and Connie Power (0-1 each).

Gaultier: Paul Murphy, Ronan McDonagh , Gary Molloy, Tyrone Power, Robin Croke, Ray Hearne, PJ Scollard, Thomas Dunphy, Rory Walsh, Paul Maher, Ian Power, Eddie Kirwan, Thomas Connors, Anthony Fitzgerald, Paul Fitzgerald.  Subs: Ian Hatton for G Molloy, Gearoid O’Connor for I Power, Gary Molloy for R Croke, Stephen Hearne for P.Fitzgerald, Conor O’Riordan for R Walsh.

Scorers: Eddie Kirwan and Anthony Fitzgerald (0-3 each), Paul Maher and Gearoid O’Connor 0-1 each.

Referee: Domhnall O’Murchadha (Rinn ogCuanach).

 

 

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