De La Salle reach first county final in four years

Michael Kiely’s striking photograph captures De La Salle’s Lee Hayes and Tallow’s Paul Murray entangled during last Sunday’s County SHC semi-final at Fraher Field.

Michael Kiely’s striking photograph captures De La Salle’s Lee Hayes and Tallow’s Paul Murray entangled during last Sunday’s County SHC semi-final at Fraher Field.

De La Salle 1-10; Tallow 2-3

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De La Salle are back in the Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Final after a four year absence following their four point win over Tallow at a soaking Fraher Field on Sunday.

The city men fully deserved their victory, notwithstanding the fact that they conceded an early and late goal and once they took the lead in the 18th minute never really looked like losing this fixture.

Aided by the breeze Tallow forced much of the early running and this eventually paid off after four minutes when a Paul O’Brien free from the middle of the field was finished home for the first goal of the match in the fourth minute.

They would add only one score to their first half total through Thomas Ryan – for this was a ‘seeing is believing’ kind of day given how atrocious the weather was.

De La Salle led by a point at the break thanks to a James Quirke goal in the 13th minute (via a deflection off Shane McCarthy) and points from Quirke and inter-county star Brian Phelan.

Even though they live dangerously on a couple of occasions during the early stages of the second half, De La Salle reeled off three unanswered points between the 39th and 45th minutes by James Quirke (free), Brian Phelan, and Kevin Moran.

Yet Tallow refused to accept the seemingly inevitable and Thomas Ryan gave them some measure of hope with two more points in the 46th and 50th minutes respectively.

But De La Salle were not to be denied. James Quirke (from frees) left five points between the sides with eight minutes left on the clock.

And when Padraic Nevin had his first of two late points for the winners in the 57th minute the writing was clearly on the wall for the Bridesiders.

However, Tallow’s perseverance paid off in the second minute of added on time when a further Paul O’Brien free created the goal chance for Billy Sheehan to leave a more respectable look on the score sheet at the final whistle.

November 9th awaits De La Salle – as do their final opponents of course. Mullane and co will be chomping at the bit as always.

De La Salle: Stevie Brenner, Alan Kelly, Ian Flynn, Michael Doherty, Darren Russell, Kevin Moran, David Green, Brian Phelan, Conan Watt, Lee Hayes, Thomas Kearney, Padraic Nevin, Dean Twomey, James Quirke, John Mullane. Subs: Brian Farrell for T Kearney, Luke Lawlor for L Hayes, Stephen Daniels for D Green, Alan O’Neill for D Twomey, Dermot Dooley for C Watt.

Scorers: James Quirke (1-4), Brian Phelan, Padraic Nevin (0-2 each), Kevin Moran and Conan Watt (0-1 each).

Tallow: Sean O’Sullivan, Shane McCarthy, David O’Brien, Kenneth Kearney, Aidan Kearney, Mark O’Brien, James Murray, Paul Murray, Paul O’Brien, Kieran Geary, William Henley, Tomas Ryan, Shane F. McCarthy, John Paul Grey, Luke McCarthy. Subs: Paul Kearney for L. McCarthy, Billy Sheehan for P. Murray.

Scorers: Shane F. McCarthy, Billy Sheehan (1-0 each), Tomas Ryan (0-3).

Referee: Pat Casey (Cappoquin).

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