Cork City continued their winning streak in the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge this week as they overcame Tipperary Gold in Golden.
Meanwhile, Kilkenny Black returned to winning ways with a strong victory over Waterford.
In the group’s final game of the week, East Cork came over Kilkenny Amber on a scoreline of 1-18 to 2-12.
Read our round-up from Group E below.
Cork City Earn Away Win Against Tipperary Gold In Celtic Challenge
Tipperary Gold 1-13 Cork City 1-17
Cork City enjoyed a well-deserved away win over Tipperary Gold in this fourth round Celtic Challenge game in Golden on Wednesday night. Although the home side took an early lead the visitors were quick to settle and thanks in the main to the accuracy of Dylan Long from frees they went into a lead that they were not to relinquish.
The Tipperary Gold forwards were finding it difficult to penetrate the Cork City defence in the first half and on the occasions that they did Kieran Lyons, David Barry, Christy McDonagh raised white flags from play as did the midfield duo of Francis Delaney and Brian Óg O’ Dwyer to leave the half time score Cork City 0-09 Tipperary Gold 0-08.
Further Cork City points early in the second half from Dylan Long and a goal from their centre forward extended the Cork lead. A purple patch from Tipperary Gold which consisted of strong defensive play from Cathal O’ Mahony and Dara Ryan and scores from Dan Moloney (1-01), Jamie Holloway (0-01) and Christy McDonagh (0-01) then brought the Tipp lads right back into contention. A swift response which resulted in points from the Cork City forwards put the Cork lads back in the driving seat again.
Now five points down and with time running out Tipperary Gold came looking for a goal. Despite piling on a lot of pressure the home side could not get through to raise the green flag that they needed and instead had to settle for a point from the hard-working Sean Leahy. Cork City ultimately held out to claim the spoils by a margin of four points. Cathal O’ Mahony was awarded the Best & Fairest award for Tipperary Gold.
By: Fergus McGrath
Kilkenny Black Finish Strong Against Waterford in Round 4 Of Celtic Challenge
Waterford 0-13 Kilkenny Black 2-12
Kilkenny took the spoils this time round in what was a closely fought encounter for much of the game. It was Ciarán Phelan who would prove the difference between the sides with a superb display from corner forward.
The Nore siders were quickest out of the blocks in the early stages when their best and fairest Ciarán Phelan netted a goal for the opening score of the game. Waterford did eventually settle with points from Nioclás Breathnach and Lee Hearne making it 0-02 to 1-01.
Phelan’s early goal was the difference between the two sides at half-time with the cats leading 1-05 to 0-05 at the break. After the break, Waterford were rejuvenated and significantly upped their work-rate. Both sides exchanged points in the opening minutes with the Kilkenny men leading 1-07 to 0-06. Waterford would then score four unanswered points to level proceedings.
The game was score for score heading into the last ten minutes. With everyone in the crowd on the edge of their seats at this point, Waterford went into the lead by a point and for the first time in the game were ahead from a Padraig Hynes free. However, the rampant speedster – Ciarán Phelan broke Waterford hearts netting a second goal to shift the momentum in his side’s favour. Kilkenny went on to add another three points without reply in the closing stages winning by a margin of five points.
By: Ciarán Boyle
Waterford: Fionn O’ Gorman; Mike Halley; Conor Howard; Tom Dalton; David O’ Connor; Colin Foley; Jack Byrne; Archie Walsh (Capt.); Cian Carroll; Nioclás Breathnach (0-1); Tireoghan Flynn (0-1); Cathal Daly; Padraig Hynes (0-6, 4f); Mark Dalton (0-1); Lee Hearne (0-3, 2f).
Substitutes: Conor Phelan (0-1); Brendan Flynn; Ely Cullen; Cormac Rooney; Cormac Dawson; William Beresford; Phelim Jennings; Oisin Jennings
Kilkenny Black: Michael Kirwan, Naoise Dempsey; Liam Lacey; Adam O’ Connor; Sean O’ Keefe (0-1); Ruaidhri Delaney; Sean O’ Dwyer; Charlie Nolan; Padraig Lennon; Rory O’Connor (0-6, 5f); Brendan Wheeler (0-1); Darragh Mason (0-1); Ciarán Phelan (2-2); Eoin O’Brien; Evan Buggy.
Substitutes: Jimmy O’ Neill; Neil Moriarty; George O’ Connor; Tom Brennan (0-1); Cathal Norton