Fermoy 1-9 -- Youghal 0-4
FERMOY with a well-balanced side had a comfortable win over Youghal in the County IFL at Fermoy on Saturday evening.
Wind assisted in the first half the winners were well on top. They used the short passing at speed and their forwards were in regular supply. Fermoy had some wides early on, but points by Ruairi O' Hagan, Arlene Aherne were followed by a goal by Aherne that edged the home side 1-3 to 0-0 ahead.
Youghal lacked scoring power and they had just a single score in the first half a pointed free by Jonathan Ormonde. Fermoy continued to do well and three points before the interval without reply gave them an interval lead 1-6 to 0- 1.
Youghal were unable to make any real progress wind assisted on the restart. Fermoy backs defended very well and Youghal's scoring threat was curtailed. Both sides had just three points each in this half with Fermoy taking the points at stake.
FERMOY: I O'Callaghan, P Murphy, B O'Callaghan, A Bargary 0 -1, D O'Carroll, J O'Sullivan, P Clancy, T Clancy 0-1 J Daly, A O'Connor, P De Roiste, J Hutchings, J Campion 0-1f, Ruairi O'Hagan 0-3 (0-1f) A Aherne 1-3 Subs K Dorgan for D O'Carroll, M Brennan for J Hutchings, D Conran for B O'Callaghan, D Chambers for A Aherne
YOUGHAL: S Spillane, A Kenny, C Spillane, B O'Sullivan,B Ring, J Grace, M Cronin, K Dempsey 0-1 C O'Sullivan, D Savage, A Frahill-O'Connor 0-1 N Roche, A Joyce, D O'Mahony, J Ormonde 0-2f. Subs C Keneghan for D Savage, D Scanlon for A Joyce, D Walsh for J Ormonde, O Brennan for B O'Sullivan, S Celuste for N Roche
Referee: Ciaran O'Regan (Ballyhea)
NEWCOMERS Rockchapel made the perfect start to the County Intermediate football league on Sunday when they defeated Kildorrery at Kildorrery.
It was a game where very little separated the sides for most of the game with the Duhallow side showing the greater urgency in the last ten minutes where William Murphy's goal in the closing moments proved crucial as it set them on their way to victory. The early stages saw Rockchapel set the early running having points by Kieran Burke and Daniel Curtin before Finbarr Stapleton opened the 'Hills' account with a fine point in the ninth minute.
Over the next few sequences of play both teams exchanged a point before the winners moved into a four point advantage when the impressive Seamus Hickey was on hand to finish to the net and it helped them hold a 1-3 to 0-2 lead after 15 minutes. The winners continued to work very hard as a unit with Maurice Stack and Daniel Curtin doing well in key positions while up front, four of their starting forwards all figured on the scoresheet and by the 17th minute they opened up a five point lead.
Gradually, Kildorrery who were heavily involved in hurling affairs in recent months stamped their authority on the game with Shane Fitzgerald, Finbarr Stapleton and the O'Brien brothers pivotal figures and they reeled off the next four points before the interval to trail at the break by 1-4 to 0-6.
On the resumption, Kildorrery continued where they let off late in the first half having early points by Peter O'Brien (two) and Andrew O'Brien (free) to take the lead for the first and only time in the game 0-9 to 1-4. Rockchapel's response was swift as they replied with the next four scores by Ian Guiney (two) Seamus Hickey and Daniel Curtin that gave them a two point cushion entering the final eleven minutes.
From here to the final whistle both teams sensed an opening round victory. Kildorrery battled away, but only managed to score just one more point before the final whistle by David Kelly. Rockchapel, last year's County JAFC kingpins, on the otherhand finished in a flurry adding a further 1-2 their second goal coming in the 56th minute when good play by Hickey placed William Murphy who finished to the net.
ROCKCHAPEL: T J O'Connor, C Murphy, E O'Callaghan, B Curtin, B Cahill, M Stack 0-1, N O'Callaghan, D Curtin 0-3 (0-1f), D J O'Callaghan, K Burke 0-2, L Collins, W Murphy 1-0, C Ahern, I Guiney 0-3 (0-1f), S Hickey 1-1. Sub: D Jones for C Ahern
KILDORRERY: D Roche, S Kelly, T P Murphy, S O'Sullivan, C O'Baoil, M Walsh, J McCarthy, S Fitzgerald, E O'Connor, F Stapleton 0-3, P O'Brien 0-2, J O'Sullivan, J Magnier, A O'Brien 0-3 (0-2f), D Kelly 0-2f. Subs: J Cremin for C O'Baoil, N Kelly for S O'Sullivan, L O'Keeffe for S Fitzgerald (injured)
Referee: John O'Leary (Mallow).
MACROOM had five points to spare over Mallow in the County IFL in cold and wintry conditions at Mallow on Sunday. The crosswind made scoring rather difficult.
The Mid Cork side had some very good points by Cork player Fintan Gould. Cian O'Riordan and Hurl Dockery with Mallow points had the sides level 0-2 each early on. The Mid Cork side continued to press hard and three more points by the 27th minute had them 0-5 to 0-2 clear. Mallow had a late point by Eoin Stanton that cut the lead to two points at the break 0-5 to 0-3.
Macroom did well on the changeover Fintan Gould and Andrew Hegarty had some good points b y by the 47th minute the moved double scores ahead 0-10 to 0- 5. Hurl Dockery had a late pointed free for the home side. In injury time Andrew Hegarty kicked his fifth point that secured a comfortable win in the end.
MACROOM: J O'Connell, P Lynch, R Buckley, M O' Donnell, B O'Donnell, J Angland, C Murphy, E O'Mahony, F Goold 0-5 (0-1f) C O'Sullivan, S Kiely, G Angland, A Dineen, A Hegarty 0-5 (0-1f) D Horgan, Subs: R O'Dwyer 0-1 for G Angland, D Creed for C O'Sullivan, D Cotter for J Angland
MALLOW: C Sheehan, B Sheahan, K McCarthy, M Murphy, M Taylor, C Kerrisk, Luke Dockery, H Dockery 0-3 (0-2f) D Relihan, C O'Riordan 0-2f, E Stanton 0-1, K O'Connor, P Herlihy, C Stanton, A Sheehan Sub: R Harkin for A Sheehan
Referee: Eoin Walsh (Dromina)