DUHALLOW U20 FOOTBALL INVITATION CUP Muskerry 5-19 John Mitchels 0-5 WITH the minimum of fuss, a highly impressive Muskerry brushed aside John Mitchels in the opening round to the Credit Union Duhallow U20 Football Invitation Cup in Rathmore on Saturday last.
Entering for the first time, Muskerry parade a side with enormous potential and the Mid Cork side produced it with telling effect. On doing so, Muskerry operated a fast and fluent brand of football, excellent fielding and swift passing went rewarded on excellent scores in damp conditions.
Muskerry began in a whirlwind of attacking football, only the woodwork and brillant saves from Mitchels 'keeper Peter Murphy denied scores on the board.
Simply, owning the ball, Muskerry's game took flight after Jerry Lyons netted an opportunist goal.
A struggling Mitchels did get off the marks from points by Seán Moloney.
Still Muskerry remained, by far the better side, their dominance founded on the impressive play of wing backs Michael O'Shea and Cian Ó Duinín with Peter Kelleher and David O'Riordan on top at midfield.
And up front, Darragh Ring, Seán O'Connor and Ben Shorten were a revelation in terms of movement with further goals from O'Connor and Lyons securing a clear 3-8 to 0-4 interval advantage.
Upon the restart, the flow of the ball continued in the one direction, O'Shea and Kelleher leading by example with a run of splendid Muskerry points. If anything, Muskerry turned the screw tighter with Ben Shorten adding a fine goal. A depleted John Mitchels found it difficult to make headway, relying on a point to the hard working Niall Sheehy for their lone score to the second half.
Only result was on the cards, Muskerry polishing off a grey December afternoon with a length of the field move that merited O'Connor his side's fifth goal.
MUSKERRY: S Masters (Kilmichael); R Dennehy (Éire Óg), D Kelly (Macroom), R O'Dwyer (do); M O'Shea (Éire Óg) 01, J O'Donoughue (Béal Atha'n Ghaoridh), C Ó Duinín (do); P Kelleher (Kilmichael) 0-2, D O'Riordan (Iveleary); S O'Connor (Canovee) 2-3 (0-2f), J Lyons (Naomh Abán) 2-1, D Twomey (Kilmichael) 0-1; B Shorten (Béal Atha'n Ghaoridh) 1-2, D Ring (Canovee) 0-8, D Hogan (Macroom). Subs: D O'Connaill (Cill na Martra) 0-1 for Kelleher, D Aherne (Canovee) for O'Shea, W Aherne (Canovee) for O'Dwyer, N Lynch (Cill na Martra) for Twomey, P Moynihan (Cill na Martra) for Lyons. JOHN MITCHELS: P Murphy, D Ryall, J Cahalane, A Kastrati; C Casey, C Deane, A Fitzgerald; J Moran, S Dolan; P Mammock, S Moloney 0-4 (3f), G Murphy; N Sheehy 0-1, C Casey, A Leahy. REFEREE: E Walsh (Rathmore)
A minute's silence was observed prior to the start of the game in memory of late Kerry All Ireland medalist and manager Paidí Ó Sé.