Aghabullogue easily account for Inniscarra's second string
County IHC, Round 1
Inniscarra were one of the clubs in hurling who decided to participate in this season's Intermediate Hurling Championship and their first round game took place on Sunday last.
Aghabullogue 2-14 Inniscarra 0-11
They faced their neighbours Aghabullogue at Blarney and it was expected that Inniscarra would find the going hard.
The former had the best hurlers the club has at its disposal on duty and it would be a major surprise if they suffered defeat. They were taking nothing for granted on Sunday, however, and displaying a clean pair of heels to the Inniscarra defence Ian Barry Murphy got close to the opposing goal and promptly despatched the sliotar to the net.
Following that major Aghabullogue stayed very much on the offensive and they could have built up a significant lead if they displayed more accuracy with their scoring efforts. They were in a fairly good position at the end of the first quarter however leading 1-5 to 0-2 and they appeared likely to consolidate their position.
Alan Sheehan began to make an impression at centre half forward for Inniscarra at that stage however and he recorded two good points to lift his side's morale. Inniscarra's overall play had improved at that stage but their position became more acute before the break when Ian Barry Murphy crashed home his own and Aghabullogue's second major.
Inniscarra trailing 2-8 to 0-4 clearly had a mountain to climb facing into the second moiety. Accuracy by Declan Hyland from long range frees on a couple of occasion made the scoreboard more satisfactory for Inniscarra but they needed a major if they hoped to turn their situation around. The reliable Aghabullogue defenders conceded little however so they continued to have a cushion as the minutes ticked away and their eventual victory was never in doubt.
Aghabullogue are happy to have surmounted the first hurdle in their quest for Championship success while Inniscarra gave a reasonable performance following their decision to opt for a higher grade of hurling for their second adult hurling side. Players who impressed for Aghabullogue were David Moynihan, John Buckley, John Corkery and Ian Barry Murphy. Inniscarra had leading figures in Kevin Burke and Alan Sheehan.
Aghabullogue: F Foley, Jerome Corkery, D Moynihan, E Kennedy, J Buckley, N Buckley, M Dennehy, John Corkery (0-4), S Dineen, A Barry Murphy, M Bradley (0-5, 4f), E O'Sullivan (0-1), B Casey (0-1), D Merrick (0-1), I Barry Murphy (2-1). Subs: M O'Flynn (0-1) for E O'Sullivan, D O'Connell for A Barry Murphy, S Kelleher for S Dineen.
Inniscarra: S Horgan, J Hurley, K Burke, D O'Herlihy, J Harrington, M Burke, B O'Mahony, C Griffin, D Hyland (0-3, 2f), D Kelleher, A Sheehan (0-2), T Buckley, S Dornan, D Breathnach, D O'Sullivan (0-5, 3f). Subs: C Bennett for T Buckley, D O'Keeffe (0-1f) for D Breathnach, E Kavanagh for J Hurley.
REFeree: J. Murphy (Castletownroche)