Kiskeam get back on track
FOLLOWING a defeat by Na Piarsaigh in a first round game that went to extra-time, Kiskeam got their PIFC aspirations back on track when they defeated Carrigaline at Mallow last Saturday evening.
It was a merited win by the Duhallow side, although it wasn't especially convincing, with the issue remaining in doubt until impressive substitute David Scannell scored their second goal eight minutes from the finish.
With Kiskeam leading by 1-8 to 1-6, Carrigaline had a great chance to hit the front when their best forward Killian McIntyre played a pass to the unmarked Barry O'Keeffe at the edge of the square.
Much to Kiskeam's relief, however, 'keeper Anthony Casey proved equal to O'Keeffe's fisted effort, and a snappy counter-attack ensued, resulting in the decisive goal from Scannell.
It was by no means unfitting that Scannell delivered the killer-blow for Kiskeam, as he made a big impact following his introduction at corner-forward six minutes into the second half.
Involved in several fruitful raids, Scannell was the chief architect of Kiskeam's first goal as well, winning a free which he delivered quickly to Gene Casey, who duly made the most of the gilt-edged opportunity in the 39th minute.
It left Kiskeam leading by 1-6 to 0-4, but they struggled to build on that boost against a gutsy Carrigaline side that was handicapped by the absence of four key players, including former Cork senior Nicholas Murphy.
Kiskeam were clearly the better team at the same time, and they fell behind just once, to a Carragline point from Killian McIntyre in the opening minute.
With Mike Herlihy and Gene Casey chipping in with good points from play, Kiskeam led by 0-3 to 0-1 midway through the first half, with AJ O'Connor, Donal Linehan and Seanie Linehan impressing in a defence that appeared to be in firm control.
Elsewhere, Mike Casey and Eamonn O'Mahony kept their end up well at midfield, while Mike Herlihy and Billy Dennehy regularly caught the eye up front, even if the latter promised more than he achieved against tenacious Carrigaline full-back Shane Griffin.
Dennehy underlined his potential shortly before h4alf-time, however, when landing a point that enabled Kiskeam to turn over leading by 0-5 to 0-3.
Carrigaline centre-back Cian Barry was forced to retire injured towards the end of the first half, but he returned after the interval to fill the centre-forward berth.
He was unable to boost Carrigaline's fortunes up front, although they did benefit from the impact made by Niall Coakley on being switched from wing-forward to midfield.
Kiskeam made the early running on the resumption, and they almost grabbed a goal in the 36th minute, with Billy Dennehy shooting narrowly wide following a slick build-up involving Mike Herlihy, Gene Casey and Diarmuid Fitzgerald, who had an excellent second half at wing-forward.
It proved to be just a temporary let-off for Carrigaline, as Gene Casey pounced for his goal three minutes later, and it seemed as if Kiskeam were ready to coast home at that stage.
Credit to Carrigaline, they kept plugging away, and they were thrown a lifeline when substitute Daniel Toomey pulled a goal back to leave the bare minimum between the sides, 1-7 to 1-6 , at the three-quarter stage.
Shortly afterwards, David Scannell had the ball in the net for Kiskeam, but he was rather harshly penalised for over-carrying, and Carrigaline were further encouraged to stick to their task following that let-off.
Anthony Casey's save and David Scannell's goal ultimately did the trick for Kiskeam, however, ensuring that, instead of trailing by a point, they enjoyed a five-point cushion coming down the home stretch.
Kiskeam: D Scannell 1-1, G Casey 1-0, B Dennehy 0-3, 0-2 frees, M Herlihy and G Casey 0-2 each, N Cronin 0-1
Carrigaline: D Toomey 1-0, K McIntyre 0-3, B O'Keeffe 0-2, N Coakley 0-2, 0-1 free, W O'Brien 0-1
KISKEAM: A Casey, P Cronin, J Dennehy, DJ Casey, AJ O'Connor, D Linehan, S Linehan, M Casey, E O'Mahony, D Fitzgerald, M Herlihy, R Carroll, G Casey, B Dennehy, N Cronin. Sub: D Scannell for Carroll
CARRIGALINE: S Mellett, D Spillane, S Griffin, K Forbes, E O'Connor, C Barry, C McSweeney, G Harrington, E Kavanagh, N Coakley, P McGorry, W O'Brien, K McIntyre, B O'Keeffe, M O'Reilly. Subs: D Toomey for Barry (injured), Barry for McGorry, J De Puis for O'Reilly.
REFEREE: D Marnane (Macroom)