Kilrossanty 0-16; Tramore 0-14
It may have been getting dark around Kilmacthomas last Saturday evening as this Senior Football tie dragged into extra-time.
However, there was no need for the floodlights to be switched on as the pitch was lit up by an exquisite performance from Kilrossanty’s Paul Whyte who scored 11 points and almost single-handedly dragged his team into the semi-final.
Tramore were forced to start without several regulars who severely weakened their starting XV.
Star player Martin Whelan was away on holidays while Simon Keane, Gary Dunphy and Mark Power were not fit enough to start. They were also without star forward Andrew Power who was on EA Sports Cup Final duty with Waterford United.
The opening score of the night was an impressive effort from Joey Veale who unfortunately was injured in the process of scoring and had to be replaced by the evergreen Matty Kiely.
Following Veale’s point, Kilrossanty’s other early scores came from a Paul Whyte free and Michael Walsh. Tramore’s early points came through frees from Leigh Quilty and Paul Ogle.
It was then that Tommy and Stephen Prendergast began to exert an influence in midfield providing the forwards with the possession to dominate the scoreboard.
They quickly added on further points through another Whyte free and excellent team points from Kieran Ryan and Matty Kiely.
In first half injury time a superb Tommy Prendergast point gave his side a 0-7 to 0-3 lead at the interval.
Tramore battled back superbly in the second half but were dependent on the free taking of Ogle and Quilty to narrow the gap.
However, narrow the gap they did and within 16 minutes of the restart there was only a point between them thanks to the free taking of Tramore’s dynamic duo.
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