Stradbally 0-19; Tramore 0-5
County champions Stradbally bounced back from their surprise loss to An Rinn a week previously to record a comprehensive win over Tramore in Walsh Park last Friday. This win guarantees Stradbally a place in the quarter-finals and with the injuries which beset them earlier in the season showing signs of clearing up, few would bet against the Reds adding yet another title to their collection.
In truth, Tramore offered little resistance to the red tide that swept towards their goal from the very beginning of the game. Stradbally could afford the luxury of leaving Michael Walsh at full-forward in place of the injured Robert Ahearne. Should Stradbally come under pressure later on in the championship, one can be sure that Walsh’s ball-winning abilities will be on display out around the centre of the field.
Tramore had the temerity to take the lead at the very beginning of this game when the excellent Martin Whelan scored an exquisite point from out near the sideline. This was as good as it got for Tramore and Stradbally completely took control after this.
Shane Ahearne levelled the game with a free and an eight minute point from Tony Grey following a typical foray into attack gave Stradbally the lead for the first time.
After this Stradbally grabbed seven points in a row to assert their authority on the game. Niall Curran scored his first of the game which was followed by two points from veteran Stephen Cunningham. Further points from Walsh, Ahearne, Tommy Connors and another from Tony Grey put the game beyond Tramore’s reach by the 24th minute.
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