Michael Kiely

Breaking ball: Stephen Molumphy battles with Ger Feeney (Tallow) during their County SHC quarter-final clash at Cappoquin. | Photo: Michael Kiely

Ballyduff Upper 0-19; Tallow 1-14

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Near neighbours Ballyduff Upper and Tallow fought out arguably the game of the season so far in this gripping county senior hurling championship quarter-final at Cappoquin on Sunday evening last.

An attendance of between 1,500 and 2,000 people were treated to a fantastic hour’s hurling, with the result in doubt right to the very end and those who appeared to be leaving early were seen to sneak back into the ground as the cheers and groans of supporters went up from all sections of the field.

Scores were at a premium in the early exchanges, but once they started they came thick and fast, and people, regardless of what side you were there supporting, or neutral, were glued to the spot as the ball travelled from end to end.

Paul Kearney opened the evening’s scoring when he pointed a fourth minute free. The ever-dependable Brendan Hannon responded twice from frees in the next six minutes to give the ’07 champions a narrow lead.

Patrick Kearney and Paul Kearney, within a two-minute spell, rifled over points for their respective side before the mighty impressive Adrian Power hit a free from well inside his own half of the field straight between the Tallow posts.

Aidan Kearney and Brendan Hannon swapped points before Paul Kearney hit a brace from frees in the 17th and 19th minutes.

Clinton Hennessy has been Waterford’s netminder for the past number of years now and is widely regarded one of the best in the business. However, Adrian Power showed here that he is set to rival him for the No1 shirt in 2010, and with 10 minutes of the opening half remaining the Ballyduff ‘keeper made the first of a number of highly impressive saves from Thomas Ryan.

See The Munster Express newspaper for full story and photos.