MITCHELSTOWN with a very good second half performance overcame Mallow at Ballyhooly on Saturday.
Rebel Og Premier (2) U-14 FC semi-final
Mitchelstown 1-9 Mallow 1-6
Eoin Murphy had two early pointed frees with Dan Buckley also pointing. Mallow were very solid in defence and they also did well in midfield. Scoring was difficult with the cross wind. Mitchelstown had two points by Cathal O'Mahony and Kevin O'Brien but Mallow with another pointed free by Eoin Murphy and a late point by Conor O'Riordan held an interval lead 0-5 to 0-2.
'Town were quick to get on top on the changeover. Their defence were very solid and the midfielders of Mark Keane and Cathal O'Mahony were impressive. Mitchelstown forwards made some very good attacks and they scored 1-7 in this half while Mallow were held to 1-1.
Cain O'Mahony (2) Shane Doyle and a goal in the 38th minute by Dan Keane had the winners a goal ahead 1-5 to 0-5. Further points by Cathal O'Mahony (free) and Shane Doyle had 'Town double scores clear by the 50th minute 1-7 to 0-5.
Mallow had a goal in the 53rd minute by Eoin Murphy but Mitchelstown held out for a final with Fermoy.
MITCHELSTOWN: A Boland, E O'Flynn, K Fox, J Irwin, J Roche, L Finn, K Finn, C O'Mahony 0-5 (0-2f) M Keane, K Dollian 0-1 D Keane 1-0, S Doyle 0-2, J O'Brien, S Murphy, K O'Brien 0-1. Sub: K Finn for K O'Brien.
MALLOW: D Heffernan, O Carroll, O Moynihan, S Duffy, M McGlynn, K Mills, T Duignan, B Slattery, E Murphy 1-3, S Merritt, T Downes, C Murphy, C O'Riordan 0-2, D Buckley 0-1, D Nyhan. Subs: E Kenny for D Heffernan (inj) J Hadden for D Nyhan, C Nugent for S Merritt, J Dillon for J Hadden.
County Rebel Og MAFC quarter-final
Eire Og 1-12 Fermoy 0-9
Having lost their Regional final to Kilmurry, Eire Og Minor A footballers got their season back on track when they ran out deserving winners over Fermoy in the Co Rebel Og MAFC quarter final at Blarney on Sunday. The opening half saw both teams enjoy their moments.
By the end of the first quarter the Mid Cork side moved ahead 0-5 to 0-3 when impressive full forward Darragh Lucey kicked over four points.
As the half progressed Fermoy responded in a very determined manner. A good solo run by Shane Aherne resulted in a fine point by Ronan O'Hagan and in the 19th minute Josh Pyne levelled matters at 0-5 each following good work by Mark McGirr and Tom Keane.
A period of pressure before the break helped Eire Og open up a comfortable 1-8 to 0-5 advantage; their goal in the 22nd minute when the ball was scrambled to the net by Paul Foley.
Early in the second half the winners missed three goal chances, including a penalty by Jack O'Driscoll expertly saved by Gavin Dawson.
Despite Fermoy being reduced to 14 players at this stage the North Cork side grew in confidence from here with Brian Barry, Edmund Mullins, Josh Pyne, Shane Aherne, Tom Keane, Mark McGirr and Cian O'Carroll making an impression.
In attack they created their fair share of chances but found it very difficult to break down a well organised Eire Og backline. Josh Pyne (2) and Cian O'Carroll with points saw them come within five points by the 50th minute 1-10 to 0-8.
In the end their was no denying Eire Og their well merited victory with Ronan O'Toole and substitute Evan White getting late points that secured their place in the semi-final.
EIRE OG: D Desmond, D Conway, J Mullins, S Desmond, M Corkery, G Sweeney, D Cotter, D Murphy, D Kelleher 0-1, R O'Toole 0-2, C O'Shea, D McCarthy, P Foley 1-1, D Lucey 0-6 (0-3f) J O'Driscoll 0-1. Subs: E White 0-1 for C O'Shea, A McNamara for D Lucey.
FERMOY: G Dawson, S Sexton, B Barry, R O'Sullivan, G Morrisson, E Mullins, E Delaney, S Aherne, J Pyne 0-3, D O'Flynn, T Keane, M McGirr 0-2, C O'Carroll 0-1f, R O'Hagan 0-3 (0-1f) C Twomey. Subs: C Barry for C Twomey (inj), C Frawley for E Delaney, S O'Hanlon for S Sexton.
Rebel Og County MAFC semi-final
Buttevant 1-9 Kilmurry 0-6
An impressive first half display helped set Buttevant on their way to reaching the MAFC semi-final when they overcame Kilmurry at Blarney on Sunday.
The opening stages saw both sets of defences well in control with the games first score coming in the 11th minute when Brian O'Shaughnessy pointed for the winners. Suddenly the Buttevant challenge quickly ignited and for the remainder of the half they controlled matters.
Points by Jordan O'Regan and Seamus Madigan were followed by the only goal of the game when Ronan Lehane made no mistake from the penalty spot in the 18th minute after the hard working Ryan Fowley was upended in the square.
Kilmurry found scores hard to come by in this half and had to wait till the 20th minute to open their account when wing back Marco Healy kicked over a fine point. Still Buttevant continued to show the greater urgency with Ronan Lehane setting up Ryan Fowley for a point.
Kilmurry replied with a pointed free by Padraigh Berhanu while in the run up to the break both teams were denied a goal scoring chance when Ryan Fowley was narrowly wide for Buttevant while James Dullea was denied by a fine save by the Buttevant keeper Ronan Donovan as the North Cork side held a 1-6 to 0-2 lead at the interval.
For the second half Kilmurry enjoyed the lions share of the possession and came within four points, 1-6 to 0-5, at the mid way stage. In the last quarter Kilmurry tried hard to narrow the deficit further but Buttevant stood firm and three points in as many minutes by Seamus Madigan (2) and Brian O'Shaughnessy effectively saw off a spirited fightback by the Mid Cork side.
Buttevant now await either Eire Og or Castlehaven in the Co final.
BUTTEVANT: R Donovan, J Finn, S O'Flynn, C Kennedy, E O'Neill, J Buckley, N Cullen, A O'Neill, D Walsh, R Fowley 0-1, B O'Shaughnessy 0-3 (0-1f) R Lehane 1-0 (pen) J O'Regan 0-2, S Madigan 0-3 (0-2f), T Bowles. Sub: J O'Neill for J O'Regan.
KILMURRY: L Wall, C Bradfield, C Hannon, M J. Grainger, M Healy 0-1, O McSwiney, P Hinchion, D Cahalane, D Flanagan 0-1, S Curzon, P Berhanu 0-1f, S O'Sullivan, J Dullea, J Ryan 0-3 (0-2f) J Berhanu. Sub: J O'Sullivan for P Hinchion.