Grey saves Stradbally
A fantastic block in added-time by Tony Grey ensured that Stradbally advanced to a semi-final clash with Nemo Rangers after they put in a terrific hour's football against Clare champions Doonbeg at Fraher Field.
Under pressure in the last 10 minutes, Stradbally called on all their experience to see off the west Clare side and Grey got his body in the way to deny Padraig Gallagher a certain goal that would have levelled matters.
The Reds dominated first-half possession and lead 0-5 to 0-1 at the break after they hit five unanswered points in response to David Tubridy's close-range free that opened the scoring.
Pointed frees from Niall Curran and Shane Ahearne, as well as a Stephen Cunningham point and a brace from Trevor Curran, handed the initiative to the Waterford champions at the change of ends.
Doonbeg came out fighting and Shane Ryan pointed inside 60 seconds of the second half. But the home side hit back with points from Andy Doyle and Tommy Connors to stretch their lead.
The visitors put the home side under considerable pressure in the closing 10 minutes, with Ryan, their best player on the day, firing over two points from play.
However, Stradbally's defence held out for a richly deserved win thanks to Grey's heroics.
Scorers -- Stradbally: T Curran 0-2, N Curran (0-1f), A Ahearne (0-1f), S Cunningham, A Doyle, T Connors 0-1 each. Doonbeg: S Ryan 0-3, D Tubridy 0-1 (0-1f).
Stradbally -- O Costelloe; T Costelloe, S Lannon, T Grey; J Hearne, E Rockett, A Doyle; J Coffey, M Walsh; S Cunningham, A Ahearne, T Connors; N Curran, R Ahearne, T Curran. Subs: P Weldon for T Curran, C Casey for R Ahearne.
Doonbeg -- N Dillon; R Vaughan, P Gallagher, C Whelan; P Ahearne, D Downes, J Blake; E Doyle, F O'Dea; B Egan, C Dillon, S O'Brien; K Nugent, S Ryan, D Tubridy. Subs: C Downes for B Egan, S Killeen for F O'Dea, J Whelan for K Nugent, B Dillon for S O'Brien.
Ref -- D Mahony (Tipperary).