Fermoy withstand late rally by Charleville
Fermoy Credit Union
Fermoy will meet Kilshannig in one of this year's Fermoy Credit Union JAFC semi-finals after they defeated a resolute Charleville side in the quarter final at Ballyhooly on Saturday evening. For long periods especially in the second half Fermoy looked the better side and with seven minutes remaining they held a 3-12 to 0-9 cushion and a place in the last four seemed all but guaranteed. However a youthful Charleville side refused to surrender in the closing moments.
They scored 2-2 in quick succession but they were unable to breach the Fermoy backline for a third goal who held on for a deserved win. Despite the sides being all square at 0-1 each after five minutes when Garry O'Callaghan and Daniel O'Flynn traded points it was Fermoy that showed the greater urgency during the early exchanges. Arlene Aherne, Mark Flynn and the impressive James Campion looked very dangerous in the full forward line and by the 11th minute they moved into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead.
Charleville who worked the ball out of defence at speed gradually found their way with key players Barry McCarthy, Daniel O'Flynn and Andrew Cagney having some well taken scores that left the narrowest of margins between the teams by the 18th minute. Exchanges continued to be very close with the off the ball movements of the Charleville forwards causing many problems to the Fermoy backline in the run up to the break.
At the otherend Fermoy also worked the short passing to great effect and in the 19th minute good work by Garry O'Callaghan saw him pick out Mark McGurr who in turn set up Mark Flynn for the games opening goal that was immediately followed with a James Campion free as Fermoy moved ahead 1-6 to 0-4.
However they were unable to push on in the ten minutes prior to the break and instead it was the Charleville challenge that grew in stature but they will rue the three goal scoring chances they missed in the run up to the break when an alert Fermoy keeper Gavin Dawson was called upon to make three vital saves off the line to keep to Rathluirc forwards at bay as Fermoy held a 1-7 to 0-6 lead at the interval.
On the changeover Charleville again started well but two wides in quick succession saw them fail the reduce the deficit. Instead as the half went on the better balanced Fermoy side grew in confidence and five points during the third quarter by James Campion and Arlene Aherne helped open up a sizeable lead 1-12 to 0-6.
Andrew Cagney kept Charleville in touch with their first score of this half in the 46th minute but Fermoy were showing the greater urgency at this stage and two minutes later they extended their lead when Garry O'Callaghan, Mark Flynn and Arlene Aherne were heavily involved when James Campion scored their second goal and when Paudie Shanahan finished a great goal to the bottom corner of the Charleville net in the 53rd minute they raced into a 3-12 to 0-9 lead.
However like the first half Charleville finished strongly-Mark Kavanagh and Andrew Cagney had a point each while goals by Daniel O'Flynn and substitute Jerry O'Reilly narrowed the deficit to four points as the game went into extra time. Charleville went in search of a third goal but it was not to be with Fermoy holing on for a place in the semi finals.
FERMOY: G Dawson, D Forde, B O'Callaghan, E Clancy, J Ring, J Pyne, C O'Keeffe, S Aherne, G O'Callaghan 0-1, M McGurr 0-1, P Shanahan 1-1, I Brennan, A Aherne 0-4 (0-1f) M Flynn 1-0, J Campion 1-5 (0-3f). Subs: T Grumbridge for I Brennan (inj), R O'Hagan for M Flynn, A Forde for D Forde, C O'Carroll for M McGurr, C Frawley for S Aherne, S O'Connor for J Campion.
CHARLEVILLE: G Ward, J O'Hara, Dave McCarthy, C Casey, F Cagney, M O'Flynn, B O'Connell, S O'Sullivan, B McCarthy 0-1, S Butler, M Kavanagh 0-2f, D O'Flynn 1-2, S Connolly 0-1, A Cagney 0-5 (0-2f) S Dillon. Subs: T Keane for J O'Hara (inj) J O'Reilly 1-0 for S Connolly, G Mullins for B O'Connell, R Kelleher for S Dillon.
Referee: Noel Brosnan (Killavullen)