Macroom's first-half goalfest
DLS macroom 4-9
CSN BISHOPSTOWN 1-12
De La Salle Macroom got their campaign off to a solid start as four first-half goals set them on their way against Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh in Ballincollig yesterday.
The 2006 champions were five points behind after eight minutes, but after moving into a three-point lead by half-time, they then eased clear late on thanks to a hat-trick of fine points from Darren Kelly.
Diarmuid O'Sullivan helped CSN into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead. But DLS scored 2-2 without reply, the goals coming from Cathal Vaughan and David Horgan.
Sam Oakes struck a well-taken goal on 19 minutes to put CSN back in front, 1-6 to 2-2, but goals from Pauric Berhanue and Peter Kelleher for DLS made it 4-3 to 1-9 at half-time.
After the break, CSN spurned several good opportunities to get back into the game.
Scorers -- DLS Macroom: P Lucey 0-5, D Kelly
0-3, D Horgan, C Vaughan, P Kelleher, P Berhanue 1-0 each, D Twomey 0- 1. Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh: Diarmuid O'Sullivan 0-5 (0-4f), S Oakes 1-2, M Collins 0-2 (0-1f), D O'Connor, C Dorman (f), David O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
DE LA SALLE -- W Coakley; S Kelleher, R O'Dwyer, K Manning; M Cronin, S O'Leary, F Buckley; P Kelleher, C Vaughan; D Horgan, P Lucey, D Kelly; P Berhanue, D Twomey, S O'Sullivan.
Subs: D O'Callaghan for Cronin (20), J Moynihan for Horgan (h-t), J Murphy for Berhanue (38).
COLÁISTE AN SPIORAID NAOIMH -- D Minihane; M Dorgan, S Lordan, C Wall; D O'Brien, E Ryle, C Murphy; David O'Sullivan, C Dorman; M Twomey, Diarmuid O'Sullivan, D O'Connor; C O'Sullivan, M Collins, S Oakes. Subs: A Power for Wall (h-t).
REF -- J Bermingham (Cork).