Monday 17 December 2018

Prendergast rolls back years to inspire Ardmore in epic

Ardmore 3-11 St Mogues Fethard 0-18

Ardmore players celebrate their victory after extra-time in Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile
Ardmore players celebrate their victory after extra-time in Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

All-Ireland club JHC Final Former Waterford attacker Seamus Prendergast steered Ardmore to glory in an extra-time epic with St Mogues Fethard at Croke Park.

The 38-year-old shot 1-8 in a man of the match performance from full-forward.

Ardmore's John Gartland of Ardmore celebrates scoring a goal. Photo: Sportsfile
Ardmore's John Gartland of Ardmore celebrates scoring a goal. Photo: Sportsfile

John Gartland blasted home two crucial goals while Richie Hennessy, Seamus Keating and Kenny Murphy also starred. David Gartland rescued Ardmore in normal time with a 64th-minute leveller into Hill 16.

Mogues had rallied from four behind to seize a 0-14 to 2-7 lead entering stoppage-time, thanks in part to dead-eyed free-taker Mark Wallace, who finished with 14 points.

However, Ardmore never looked back in the additional 20. Prendergast set the tone with a massive strike from centrefield, and Tom Cronin's team enjoyed a 2-11 to 0-15 interval advantage.

Two minutes into the second period, substitute Stephen Keating shrugged off two tacklers and fed Gartland who rammed it to the net.  A late goal chance for Mogues substitute Bryan Power fizzed wide of the posts to give Ardmore first All-Ireland club title for Waterford.

Ardmore's James Kennedy in action against Fethard St Mogues' Garrett Foley. Photo: Sportsfile
Ardmore's James Kennedy in action against Fethard St Mogues' Garrett Foley. Photo: Sportsfile

Scorers - Ardmore: S Prendergast 1-8 (0-7fs), J Gartland 2-0, D Gartland 0-2, Seamus Keating 0-1. St Mogues: M Wallace 0-14 (12fs, 1 '65'), M Dwyer 0-2, G Foley, E Power 0-1 each.

Ardmore - J Walsh; D Power, D Prendergast, N Hennessy; G Williams, Seamus Keating, R Hennessy; K Murphy, W Hennessy; S Barron, D Gartland, M Cronin; J Flavin, S Prendergast, J Gartland. Subs: J Kennedy for Cronin (H-T), K Conway for Power (43), Stephen Keating for W Hennessy (70), M Cronin for Kennedy (74), W Hennessy for Williams (80).

St Mogues - S Foley; M Power, R Tubrid, D Mullan; R Waters, K Rowe, J Sutton; G Foley, J Tubritt; E Power, M Wallace, D Barden; C Dwyer, G O'Grady, M Dwyer. Subs: D Foley for O'Grady (43), D Foley for O'Grady (43), B Power for Tubritt (49), B O'Donoghue for E Power (64), E Power for O'Donoghue (70), G O'Grady for C Dwyer (70).

Ref - S Hynes (Galway)

Ardmoe's Séamus Prendergast. Photo: Sportsfile
Ardmoe's Séamus Prendergast. Photo: Sportsfile
Fethard St Mogues' Daniel Mullan is left dejected after the game. Photo: Sportsfile
Fethard St Mogues' Daniel Mullan is left dejected after the game. Photo: Sportsfile

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