Man-of-the-match, Gaultier's Willie Walsh on the ball tracked by Tramore's best player, Martin Whelan.                                         | Photo: Sean Byrne-Deise Sport

Man-of-the-match, Gaultier's Willie Walsh on the ball tracked by Tramore's best player, Martin Whelan. | Photo: Sean Byrne-Deise Sport

Gaultier 0-10; Tramore 0-6

Gaultier gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the senior football championship when they overcame the spirited challenge of Tramore at Walsh Park last Saturday. In truth this is not a game that will live long in the memory but the Barony men did just enough to claim the two vital championship points.

In the corresponding fixture last year, Tramore finished with a late flourish to steal the points, but they came into this game missing several regulars and a repeat never looked on the cards.

Gaultier started in a determined manner and opened up an early four-point lead. Centre-forward Conor O’Riordan opened the scoring inside the first minute with a good finish on the turn and this was quickly added to by points from the excellent Ray Hearne and the score of the match from Ian Power after a magnificent five man inter-passing move. By the time Willie Walsh knocked over Gaultier’s fourth point in the eleventh minute, a drubbing for Tramore looked on the cards.

In Martin Whelan, Richard Hickey and Paddy Dunphy, Tramore had three players with some pride in the jersey and they began their side’s fightback. In the 16th minute Whelan scored a fantastic point to open his side’s account and the deficit was reduced to just two points when minor player Eamon Power converted a free.