There was no stopping Ballygunner’s drive for five in Fraher Field today.
Fergal Hartley’s side maintained their vice-like grip on the Waterford SHC silverware with a 2-19 to 0-13 victory over Abbeyside.
Brian O’Sullivan and Conor Power netted the goals in the 40th and 50th minutes respectively while Pauric Mahony found the target with 0-14 (8 frees).
Six of those points arrived in the first-half and, despite having played against the wind, the team in black and red led by 0-9 to 0-6 at the midway point.
It was all one-way traffic after the break as the holders outscored their opponents by 2-10 to 0-7.
Abbeyside’s cause wasn’t helped by a red card shown to Patrick Hurney on the three quarter hour mark.
Ballygunner - S O'Keeffe; E Hayden, B Coughlan, I Kenny; Philip Mahony, W Hutchinson, B O'Keeffe (0-1); H Barnes, S O'Sullivan; Barry O'Sullivan (0-1), Pauric Mahony (0-14, 8f), T O'Sullivan; C Power (1-0), Brian O'Sullivan (1-2), M Mahony (0-1). Subs: JJ Hutchinson for B O'Keeffe, C Sheahan for M Mahony, B Power for W Hutchinson, M Mullally for C Power, P Cooke for S O'Keeffe.
Abbeyside - S Enright; B Looby, S O'Hare, J Elsted; C Prunty, D Collins, D McGrath; J Beresford, M Power (0-1); N Montgomery, J Hurney (0-1), S Whelan Barrett; P Hurney (0-1), M Ferncombe (0-8, 3f, 1'65), T Murray. Subs: T Looby for S O'Hare, R Foley for T Murray, M O'Halloran (0-2) for S Whelan Barrett, M Twomey for J Elsted, E Kiely for N Montgomery.
Referee - T Walsh.