The Nire 1-16
For the second year in a row, The Nire and Kilrossanty clashed in a SFC quarter- final and for the second successive year, these teams produced, without doubt, the match of the Deise football year.
The outcome was in doubt right to the end and in a game where both sides went out to play football as it should be played, had the sides needed a further 20 minutes to get a winner, nobody inside the ground would have complained.
For this game, Kilrossanty started without Stephen Prendergast who picked up a serious injury in their last game against Stradbally but back came Seamus Veale, David Power and more crucially Paul Whyte who produced a man of the match performance.
The Nire started this game without Shane Lawlor and Jamie Barron who started in their win against Rathgormack last time out as well as Shane Walsh who’d pulled up for Fourmilewater in the SHC the previous week.
In a very close first half, the sides were locked together on seven occasions. Paul Whyte and Shane Ryan traded early scores before Brian Wall and Joey Veale did likewise.
David Power edged Kilrossanty in front on nine minutes but points from Craig Guiry, Shane Ryan and Conor Gleeson gave The Nire a two-point advantage after quarter of an hour.
David Power and Eoin Cummins pointed for Kilrossanty to level matters for the fourth time on 22 minutes.
The Nire 1-16