Ballyduff remain in contention after four-point win at Fraher

Ballyduff Lower 1-14 Ardmore 0-13

Ardmore are confined to a relegation play-off once more following defeat to Ballyduff Lower (who led all the way) at Fraher Field on Sunday evening.

It was not a particularly outstanding game of hurling but there was no element of doubt about the merit and extent of the eastern team’s victory.

They had opened the scoring after only two minutes with a Neil Power point from a free and never surrendered it from that moment on.

They further consolidated their position with a well worked Richie Power goal in the ninth minute, and with twenty minutes gone had opened up a lead of 1-6 to 0-2, their last score in that period being a magnificent Jack Kennedy point from play.

Ardmore on the other hand remained ultra dependant on Seamus Prendergast who notched nine of their 13 points – eight of them from frees, and their only first half score from play came in the 22nd minute per Cahill Hennessey.

Neil Power finished as he had commenced with a chain of points from frees for the winners to give them a comfortable half time lead of 1-9 to 0-5.

Ardmore faced into the second half by moving Seamus Prendergast into the middle of the field and Wayne Hennessey taking over on the 40-yard line.

This resulted in the seasiders winning a lot more possession and in fact reducing the deficit to manageable proportions by the three quarter hour mark when the score line stood at 1-11 to 0-11 in favour of the winners.

However, Ballyduff sensing a possible full scale Ardmore recovery regrouped again and excellent points from Paul Stephenson eased them into a five point advantage entering the closing stages.

To their credit Ardmore never stopped trying and flagging hopes were raised when Seamus Prendergast and Cathal Hennessey succeeded in raining points in the 51st and 52nd minutes respectively.

But this was the closest that they came to upsetting Ballyduff who rounded off with a further Neil Power pointed free in the 54th minute to seal a thoroughly merited win.

Ballyduff Lr: Brian O’Leary, Ger Harris, John O’Leary, Derek Van Veen, Stephen O’Leary, Conor Kenny, Paudie Murphy, Pat Fitzgerald, Pat Matthews, Paul Stephenson, Jack Kennedy, Paul Kennedy, Niall Clifford, Neil Power, Richie Power.

Subs: Neil O’Sullivan for P. Murphy.

Scorers: Neil Power 0-9; 0-8 frees), Richie Power (1-0), Jack Kennedy (0-3), Paul Kennedy, Pat Fitzgerald and Paul Stephenson (0-1 each).

Ardmore: Clinton Hennessey, Austin Flavin, Declan Prendergast, Declan Hennessey, Richie Hennessey, Johnny Hennessey, Niall Hennessey, Cathal Hennessey, Wayne Hennessey, James O’Donnell, Seamus Prendergast, Paul Gleeson, Eoin Foley, Billy Harty, Adrian O’Donnell.

Sub: David Hennessey for P. Gleeson.

Scorers: Seamus Prendergast 0-9 (8 from frees), Cathal Hennessey 0-2, Wayne Hennessey and James O’Donnell 0-1 each.

Referee: Jimmy Murphy (Cnoc Síon).

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