Our Intermediate hurlers must do it all again, after finishing level with Fr O’Neill’s in the County final, at Pairc Ui Rinn, last Saturday night, on the score Kildorrery 1-13, Fr O’Neill’s 0-16.. This was a terrific keenly contested match played by two superbly fit teams which produced a brand of hurling which would have done justice to a higher grade. Both sides will rue their missed scoring opportunities, with Kildorrery registering thirteen wides to O’Neil’s ten, in the hour. From the throw–in, Kildorrery were first to score when Peter O’Brien sent over the first of his eight points inside the opening minute.
The East Cork side opened their account a minute later before the hard-working David Kelly raised his first white flag. Again, Fr O’Neill’s levelled, but by the end of the quarter they had gone into a 0-6 to 0-4 lead. Thirty seconds into the second quarter they added another point. However, in the seventeenth minute a long high ball from James O’Sullivan seemed to be dropping into the goalie’s hand, but for some reason it deflected off his hurley and dropped into the net. Kildorrery were level, 1-4 to 0-7. The sides exchanged two points inside the last ten minutes of the half and at the break it was all square 1-6 to 0-9. After the resumption of play, Fr O’Neill’s ran up a three point lead within six minutes and eight minutes had elapsed before Andrew O’Brien sent over Kildorrery’s first point of the half and Peter, from a ‘65’, further reduced the deficit.
At the three-quarter hour mark, we trailed by two – 0-14 to 1-9. With normal time up, Fr O’Neill’s were ahead by the minimum but in the second of the three minutes of declared injury time Peter O’Brien, and not for the first time, saved his team when he sent over the last score of the game to earn a replay. Play continued and just as O’Neill’s were setting up an attack, the referee sounded the final whistle. The sides will meet again, this Sunday afternoon, when we will look forward to an even better performance from the boys, some of whom did not play to the standard of which they are capable.
Team and scorers: James McEniry, Sean Kelly, Shane Fitzgerald, Cormac O Baoil, Tom Monaghan, Michael Walsh , Stevie Coughlan, James O’Sullivan 1-0, Finbarr Stapleton, Wm Fouhy, Peter O’Brien 0-8 (0-3fs, 0-1 ‘65’, Andrew O’Brien 0-3, Eamonn O’Connor, David Kelly 0-2, Shane O’Neill. Subs. Jamie O’Gorman for S. Coughlan , Darren McNamara for J. O’Gorman, Jerry McCarthy for W.Fouhy.
The club officers, team management and players are deeply appreciative of the support forthcoming from their legion of followers and look forward to a continuation of that moral and vocal support for the replay, at Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday next at 3.15 p.m.
The Club’s Big Breakfast event held in the Community Hall, last Saturday morning, was very well supported and was resounding success. Many thanks to Pa Walsh, John Gallagher and their willing group of helpers for organising, catering and presenting delicious food.
We extend best wishes to John Howard and his bride Sandra on the occasion of their wedding this Friday.
We wish a full and speedy recovery to our esteemed Club Uachtaran, Michael McEldowney, who recently underwent a hip replacement surgery.
The Club will hold its Annual Christmas Table Quiz in Sheahan’s Hilltop Lounge on Thursday December 29 th.
The next Club lotto draw will be held at Walsh’s Corner House, this Saturday night, when the jackpot will be €7,200.
The Avondhu, 27th October 2016