BONS SECOURS COUNTY JCFC SEMI-FINAL
Ballyphehane held too much firepower for a disappointing Lismire in the County JCFC semi-final at Mourneabbey. All through the hour, the city side emerged the complete masters to leave their labouring opponents in midstream.
Lismire could not hold too many complaints about their fate and hopes of advancing to an all Duhallow showdown in the decider against near Freemount failed to materialise. Indeed, Ballyphehane operated at a different level, controlling the proceedings with pace and power that yielded a series of excellent scores.
A terrific start for Ballyphehane, Alex Cummins' initial goal effort saved by Lismire 'keeper Cathal Field only for Paul Mullins to net the rebound.
Lismire attempted a response, Mark Field and Eamon Hayes on target to point and it took a fine save by Ballyphehane custodian Daniel Sweeney to deny Darren O'Sullivan with full-back Owen Sweeney brilliantly blocking a Rory Sheahan effort.
As the game continued, Ballyphehane delivered a clear sense of purpose through the guidance of Robert Wyse, Jamie Geasley, Michael Barry and Cian O'Brien.
And a series of attacks yielded points to David Young, Alex Cummins and Eoin Hill for a 1-9 to 0-3 advantage at the interval. And Ballyphehane picked up where they had left off, midfielder Barry stormed forward to kick three consecutive points.
And Lismire faced a daunting challenge with the concession of a second goal, Cummins dribbled on the ball and coolly finished with aplomb. The one way traffic continued, Wyse and Aaron West added points that surfaced from spells of enterprising football.
Lismire broke the sequence, Damien Finn pointed back to back from placed balls. That illustrated the difference between the sides, Ballyphehane performed with a style and polish to their game whereas Lismire didn't possess the same scoring threat in open play.
The reality was Lismire were unable to rescue a lost cause with Ballyphehane applying late pressure, confirmed on Seán Fielding netting from the penalty spot to confirm a highly impressive showing.
BALLYPHEHANE: D Sweeney; P Mealy, O Sweeney, J O'Brien; D Moore, J Geasley, R Wyse 0-1; M Barry 0-3, C O'Brien 0-3; T O'Sullivan 0-1, A Cummins 1-1, E Hill 0-1; P Mullins 1-1, D Young 0-1, C Murphy Subs: A West 0-2 for P Mullins, J Thompson for A Cummins, S Fielding 1-1 (1-0p) for D Young, W Hogan for E Hill
LISMIRE: C Field, C Sheahan, S McSweeney, P Buckley; J Lawlor, M McSweeney, S Jones; E Hayes 0-1, M Field 0-1; J Sheahan, D Finn 0-3f, R Sheahan; C O'Sullivan 0-1, D O'Sullivan, D Kearney Sub: J Finn for J Lawlor
REFEREE: P J Aherne (Carrigtwohill)