There were three football quarterfinals last weekend like the hurling it was Mid v South nd North v South. With St.Patricks still involved in the hurling, their quarterfinal against Loughmore is still to be played. Lets start off with the only South/Mid game as J.K Brackens took on Ballingarry.
J.K Brackens 1.06
This game was played under lights Friday last in very poor conditions. It was as if the rain was trying to make every effort to make up for all the dry sunny days we have had in one night. The men from the South settled early a ‘45’ in the opening minute was soon followed by a James Logue goal. A six minute spell in which Ballingary scored 1.04 broke Brackens hearts, the first half ended 2.07 - .01. J.K Brackens gave it their all, and retained possession better but lacked cutting edge. Ballingarry had their shooting boots on, scoring a massive 3.10 from play. This result and the manner in which it came about should be a signal to anyone left in the competition, Ballingarry can go all the way.
Inane Rovers 2.07
In perfect conditions in Boherlahan on Saturday, both teams served up an entertaining contest even though the standard left much to be desired. We had thrills and spills, yellow cards, swarm tackling and blanket defense that would have needed Eamon Fitzmaurice to unlock. However despite incessant second half pressure Inane Rovers held on for the victory.
This was the proverbial game of two halves and two early first half goals ultimately decided the contest. Indeed apart from this early burst, Inane were poor in the shooting stakes. Rosegreen to their credit made a second half comeback limiting Inane to just one point. In the final analysis Inane just about deserved the win, they were the stronger and fitter side, but a depleted and spirited Rosegreen side gave it their all, but could not get the scores they needed to draw or win the game.
Sean Tracey’s 2.08
Shannon Rovers 1.06
In perfect conditions last Saturday evening, Newport GAA grounds witnessed a keenly contested game of football. The eventual winners were dominant for most parts of the game. They went about their business early pegging Rovers back. The balance of power shifted in the last ten minutes of the first half as Shannon showed they weren’t about to give up on their county final dream. The experience of senior footballer George Hannigan guaranteed Sean Traceys would have to work hard for the sixty minutes. They soaked up the Rovers attacks and got the killer goal with minutes on the clock.