Saturday, 22nd September 2018
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Last weekend saw the completion of round three of the group stage of the JJ Kavanagh Senior Football Championship. In Group A Stradbally the reigning kingpins and unbeaten came through on a 3-12 to 2-11 scoreline against Dungarvan. Following goals from Tony Grey and Shane Aherne the Reds led at the break 2-6 to 0-4 and looked well on the way to keeping their position at the top of the group. On the resumption Kenny Moore had a Dungarvan goal but Paul Tobin did likewise for the champions to see them ahead 3-11 to 1-11 with five minutes remaining. The Old Boro did get another three pointer before the end but Stradbally held out for the win. The other game in the group saw Portlaw claim a 1-8 to 1-7 win over Ardmore. A John Power goal in the opening half laid the foundation of the win although a goal from Ardmore's Eoin O'Connor midway through the second half closed the lead to three points. In the remaining time the "Big Strand" team just could not breach the lead and they went down by the minimum.

Group B broughtClashmore/Kinsalebeg and Brickies into opposition. The former were quickly into their stride and led 0-8 to 0-4 at the break, however, a Mark Cummins goal early in the second half brought the sides level 0-8 to 1-5. Clashmore/Kinsalebeg continued to dominate and a goal from Sean Bourke edged them ahead 1-12 to 1-5 midway through the second half. Leading 1-15 to 1-5 Brickies had two goals in two minutes right at the death from Ryan O'Neill and Cormac O'Grady but by this stage Clashmore/Kinsalebeg had the game wrapped up.

Nire faced Ballinacourty on Sunday evening with quarter final aspirations on the line. A goal from Mark Ferncombe saw the latter lead 1-6 to 0-7 at the break. There was little seperating the sides in the second half but in a huge game for both clubs it was Ballinacourty who held out on a 1-10 to 0-10 with both teams claiming a direct route to the quarter finals.

In group C Kilrossanty had the better of the argument against Gaultier on a 2-16 to 1-9 scoreline. Leading 1-10 to 0-7 the winners added goal number two through Joey Veale early in the second half 2-11 to 0-7. However as hard as Gaultier tried to redress the situation a goal from David Cullinane was too little too late and Kilrossanty claimed the points. Unbeaten Ring had a comfortable win over fellow table toppers Rathgormack on a 4-9 to 0-11 scoreline and a place in the quarter finals.


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