MALLOW goalkeeper' Colie Sheehan's traditional prayers before major matches were certainly answered after Mallow's dynamic win in the first round of the Cork Premier Intermediate Football Championship clash against Nemo Rangers at a full house in Blarney last Sunday.
Even though Nemo had a goal in the opening minutes it never really shook Mallow and they were frighteningly good at times when on the ball.
Masterful performances came from Eoin Stanton, Billy Sheahan, Hurl Dockry, Matty Taylor and James Loughrey. Lockey's level of play was truly an inter-county standard and he amassed a total of 1-3 playing from mid-field.
However, Mallow did make hard work of this game at times and coupled with periods of sloppy play kept their opponents in contention throughout. At half time Mallow had enough possession and scoring chances and should have had a lead of about eight points but there was only four between the sides 2-6 to 2-2.
Mallow were the slower team to get going in the second half and Nemo took the lead after getting five scores in succession but from this point Mallow rallied and the remaining 10-15 minutes was as intense and nail biting as you could possibly hope to see.
In the end Mallow were the stronger team and scraped over the line 3-9 to 2-10.
At going to press Mallow Junior Hurlers were to face Charleville in Carrigoon on Tuesday night and from here on in the Premier Intermediate Hurlers will honing their skills for their first round tie with Tracton on June 2; we wish them well.