GREAT rivals Araglin and Shanballymore clashed.
Araglin were against the wind in the first half. They got off to a perfect start with Vincent O' Donoghue, James Kearney and Dave Browne combining for the inrushing James Kearney to goal after just a minute.
Shanballymore were off target alot in the first half kicking five wides. James Kearney followed with a pointed free. Shanbally had to wait till the 22nd minute for their first score by Jamie Sheedy. They had two more points but it was Araglin who led 1-2 to 0-3 at the break.
On the resumption Vincent O'Donoghue goaled in the opening minute. However, Shanballymore improved greatly with Sean Lynch, Dylan O Callaghan Alan Sheedy and Kenneth Barry doing well. Alan Sheedy goaled from a penalty with 11 minutes to go.
Araglin defended well and points by Peter O'Loughlan and James Kearney had them 2-6 to 1- 4 clear with eight minutes to go. Dylan O' Callaghan cut through from midfield and released to Sean Lynch who scored a great goal. They had a chance of a match winning goal in injury time with Lynch's effort from close range going narrowly wide. Araglin now meet Ballyhooly in the quarter final.
BALLINACURRA eased their way past Lismire to a one-sided fourth round clash.
The impressive East Cork outfit emerged full value for an impressive triumph on blending intensity with a huge degree of workrate. Apart from a nervous opening , the outcome was seldom in doubt as a finely tuned Ballinacurra held too many aces in the pack to set up a quarter final clash against Russell Rovers or Lough Rovers.
For their part, Lismire battled to the end yet they flattered to deceive on failing to build from a promising early phase. Indeed, Lismire got off to a blistering start on lead points to Padraig Denn and Cathal Noonan. But after an uncertain opener, Ballinacurra showed steady improvement, pacey team captain Tom O'Leary along with James Nagle and Jake Hegarty bisecting the uprights.
With Nagle and Damien Daly bossing midfield, behind them, Dave O'Riordan and Ian Paisley forming a commanding presence in defence, it allowed Ballinacurra pile on the pressure. Ample possession reaped a run of points and a converted penalty from Jake Hegaty helped secure a 1-10 to 0-2 interval advantage.
Lismire thankful to a brilliant save from Paddy Sheahan (pictured in action below) from Nagle resumed in a positive mode with Pat O'Reilly and Damien Fin offering encouragement. A Finn point sparked signs of a revival but it proved a short reprieve for Ballinacuura had ample manpower to deal with any concerted threat of their opponents.
As the game aged, Ballinacurra's attacking forays kept Lismire on the backfoot. Corner forward and man of the match Steven Kelly teased and tormented that culminated on a pair of goals from the no. 13. The bottom had well and truly fallen out of the Lismire challenge to allow Ballinacurra progress to the next stage.
BALLYHOOLY with a close win over Glenlara and will now meet local side Araglin in the quarter final.
They overcame a spirited Glenlara side after holding a slender lead all through. Eamon Hanrahan was very effective a t full forward for Ballyhooly. Other players to do well were Kevin O Driscoll, Cathal O'Keeffe, Denis Kiely and Sean Linehan. Early points had Ballyhooly 0-3 ahead before Conor O'Keeffe opened Glenlara's account in the 15th minute. By the 20th minute Ballyhooly led 0-4 to 0-2.
Thomas Fitzpatrick with a punched effort left just a point between the sides as Glenlara closed the gap. Coming up to half time Ballyhooly had their goal when Fintan Linehan placed Eamon Hanrahan who netted from close range. It gave the winners an interval lead 1-4 to 0-3.
Ballyhooly did well on the resumption adding points that had them 1-6 to 0-3 ahead. Glenlara made a good recovery, they were impressive down the centre and a point by Darren O'Keeffe was followed by a goal from a penalty by Conor O'Keeffe 1-6 to 1- 4. Both sides exchanged points with Ballyhooly holding a slight edge to the end to emerge winners by a two point margin.
CHARLEVILLE with a very good last 20 minutes came from behind to defeat Grange.
The wind was significant all through. Grange were helped by the wind in the first half and they went on a scoring spree. They had a goal by Noel Cashman after just 30 seconds and they added some very well taken points by Vincent Griffith, Brian Cashman, Eamon McCarthy to be 1-5 to 0- 0 ahead. Charleville battled back well.
They improved in defence where Barry McCarthy, Michael O Flynn and Jason O' Hara got to grips and they cut off the supply to the Grange attack who had only one more point in this half. Charleville had five points by Andrew Cagney, Mark Kavanagh and Shane Corkery to be within four points at the interval 1-6 to 0-5.
Grange again did well on the restart notching four points in a row that had them 1-9 to 0-5 clear. Charleville again improved greatly they scored two goals and six points in the last 20 minutes to just two points for Grange.
The winners goals by Andrew Cagney and Shane Corkery edging them ahead for the first time 2- 8 to 1-10 in the 52nd minute. Late in the game Grange were denied a goal when Brian Cashman who lobbed the keeper saw his effort strike the crossbar and go over.
The Rathluirc side held out for a three point win and a quarter-final meeting with Goleen.