Kilrossanty ended Stradbally’s reign as county senior football champions with a fully desrved 2-13 to 0-12 win at Fraher Field last night.
First half goals from Paul Whyte and Joey Veale were crucial for the green and gold as they recorded their first knockout victory over the Reds since 2000.
Whyte finished with 1-3 while Donal Fitzgerald kicked five points. Stradbally defender Jack Mullaney was sent off on two yellow cards.
Kilrossanty boss Emmet Doherty praised Paul Whyte for playing through the pain barrier. The Waterford skipper suffered a career threatening hip injury earlier this season.
Emmet told WLR Sport he was pleased to pull off a rare win against the Reds.
Kilrossanty will meet An Rinn in the last four. Doherty sees it as a big opportunity for both clubs
The Nire booked their place in the semi finals of the SFC for the eighth year in a row as they squeezed past neighbours Rathgormack 1-18 to 2-10 after extra time yesterday afternoon.
Shane Walsh struck three points in the additional twenty minutes with Darren Guiry, Jamie Barron, Kenny Brazil and Shane O’Meara also raising white flags.
Rathgormack led by six points inside nine minutes as Paul Drohan found the back of the net. A Shane O’Meara goal brought The Nire back into the contest and they moved two points up with twelve minutes remaining.
Two frees from Jason Curry left the sides all square 1-11 to 2-8 at the end of the sixty minutes. Curry finished with 1-7 for Ger Power’s side.
The Nire outscored their opponents seven points to two in extra time to make the last four.
Selector Tom Guiry admitted that they got a severe test.
Tom says the move of Tom Barron back to centre back worked well for his side.
The semi-final draw has thrown up two mouthwatering ties, An Rinn will take on Kilrossanty while The Nire face age old rivals Ballinacourty.
Meanwhile, a late goal from Conor McGrath proved the difference in the curtain raiser as Brickey Rangers maintained their senior status with a 3-9 to 0-15 win over Dungarvan.
The sides were level on three occasions before McGrath pounced on a Dungarvan mistake two minutes from time. Wing forward Christy Murphy fired 2-2 for the black and amber including a first half brace.
Manager Jim McGrath was delighted to stay in the top flight after a difficult campaign.
Speaking to WLR’s Tomás McCarthy after the final whistle, Jim says the goals proved to be crucial scores at vital stages.
Jim was delighted to see Christy Murphy netting two goals in the opening half.
The Quarter-Final action conlcudes with what’s billed to be the game of the weekend as near neighbours Stradbally and Kilrossanty battle in out for a last four spot.
The Reds claimed a dramatic win in last year’s final and beat their neighbours along the way.
Stradbally eased through their group campaign recording three wins to automatically qualify for the last eight.
Kilrossanty finished their group campaign with a good win against Gaultier, and put up an impressive score overcoming Brickey Rangers in the play-off.
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