Kantuyrk B 0 Ballincollig 3
KANTURK'S Bees welcomed title chasing Ballincollig to Gurteenard on Sunday and presented them with all three points on offer. Safe at mid-table this showed in Kanturk's attitude as they started the game in a very relaxed manner and allowed Ballincollig dictate the game from the start.
Second in the table, Ballincollig will gain promotion if they win their remaining fixtures and could possibly win the title if league leaders Ballinhassig slip up. This incentive gave Ballincollig a distinct advantage and they made full use of it with two goals in the first ten minutes of the game.
The visitors got off to the dream start when a penalty was awarded for a foul on Donal Murphy. Trevor Murphy buried the ball into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance. The front two for Ballincollig caused the Kanturk backline all sorts of problems in the opening period as evidenced by the amount of freekicks conceded.
Kanturk eventually settled and had just begun to find their rhythm only for David Desmond to pounce on a rebound and header the ball into the bottom left corner with the keeper stranded. This jolt to Kanturk's pride woke them from their relaxed state and they started to get more into the game and took control of the centre midfield through Denis Finn and Timmy Murphy.
Kevin Smith on the left wing also improved and started to create chances, but the Kanturk strike force could not finish and despite having a number of goal chances they failed to convert any of them and the score remained 2-0 to Ballincollig at the break.
The Turks went out to make a game of it in the second half and should have gotten on the score sheet. Ballincollig seemed to lack their usual composure and the Kanturk strikers had several chances which should have made James Murphy work hard, but in the end he was only called on once to pull off a fantastic double save.
Having weathered the storm Ballincollig began to hit the home side on the counter attack. Gaps appeared in the Kanturk backline and the pressure resulted in a free-kick on the edge of the box near the right wing. The inswinger from Trevor Murphy was flicked on by Emmet Campion into the net to give Ballincollig three goals and what turned out to be three points.