O'Keeffe's hat trick does the trick for Cuchulainns
THE old cliche of goals winning games rang true for Cuchulainns on victory over Donoughmore in a thrilling Abbey Print Rebel Óg North Cork Minor 'B' HC final in Newtownshandrum.
Rebel Óg North Cork MBHC Final
Cuchulainns 4-9 Donouhmore 2-13
From a cracking encounter, the predatory finishing of full forward Liam O'Keeffe underpinned Cuchulainns triumph, the target man bagging a hat trick of goals that swayed a close contest.
Donoughmore brought plenty of enthusiasm to an intriguing clash and enjoyed a productive start to forge ahead.
The Duhallow side settled after Cian Clernon netted a well taken goal. Still Donoughmore remained eager and competitive, Adam Looney hitting a goal only for O'Keeffe to answer with the first of his strikes to gather a slender 2-6 to 1-8 advantage at the break for the Kanturk and Lismire combination.
Donoughmore assumed control upon the restart with the Looneys, Jamie Twomey and Brian Aherne to the fore and a spell of concerted pressure switched the scoreboard in their favour thanks to a Darren Lucey goal.
Cuchulainns rallied from the promptings of Colm Noonan, Darren Browne, Darren O'Sullivan and O'Keeffe emerged highly influencial in attack to blast home a pair of goals. Donoughmore had no intention of letting go without a fight and Cuchulainns were relieved to see a semi penalty stopped by 'keeper Barry Kenneally.
CUCHULAINNS: B Kenneally; D Geaney, C Noonan, L Geaney; S McSweeney. D Browne, C Moylan; D O'Sullivan 0-2, M McSweeney; J Murphy, R O'Brien 0-1, C Boyce; P Walsh, L O'Keeffe 3-4, C Clernon 1-2. Subs. J Fullerton for Boyce(inj), Boyce for Murphy, D O'Sullivan for Fullerton.
DONOUGHMORE: D Manning; E Hawkes, C O'Sullivan, T J Barrett; K Corkery, B Aherne, Adam Looney 1-0; Adrian Looney 0-2, S Looney; J Twomey 0-5, C Kennedy, C O'Rourke 0-1; J Bruton 0-2, D Lucey 1-2, D O'Shea 0-1.
Referee: J Sexton (Ballyhea)