BON SECOURS SAFC ROUND 3
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-11
O’Donovan Rossa 0-13
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh progressed to the knock-out stages of the SAFC last weekend but to say it wasn’t a close-run thing would be a gross understatement of the tension at Aughaville on Sunday afternoon.
O’Donovan Rossa pushed the Gaeltacht side all the way with this one not resolved until deep into added time.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh looked comfortable early on and one would have been forgiven for thinking that this one may comfortably go the way of the eventual winners but on the day O’Donovan Rossa pushed hard and will take something from the loss – even if the final score line wasn’t in their favour.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh led by three at the break and played the better football but they still couldn’t pull clear and had to battle hard at the end as O’Donovan Rossa held the victors scoreless for over 20 minutes as the West Cork side pushed on at the death.
The Muskerry side started well and led by two (0-5 to 0-3) at the first water break. On the restart Donagh Seartan pointed to add more pressure on their opponents before a brilliant team effort saw Liam Seartan goal.
The Ballingeary side were in in good shape as the game trundled towards the half time interval but points from Sean Fitzgerald, Mark Collins and Donal Óg Hodnett meant that as the players headed for the main break the gap was down to just three points - 1-8 to 0-8.
The second half saw points from two Liam Ó Conchúir (two) and David Shannon land before Shannon bagged a brace to reduce the deficit to two with just 15 mins remaining.
Shannon added another free before Ó Coinceannain scored and this one was going down to the wire but unfortunately for the Skibbereen men the Ballingeary outfit defended in numbers and ultimately had enough to secure the win and progression to the knockout stages.
On a weekend of the highest quality this was another very good championship encounter giving in attendance serious value for money.
BÉAL ÁTHA'N GHAORTHAIDH: D. Ó Coill; J. Ó Donnchú, E. Ó Duinnín, C. Ó Nuanáin; S. Ó Tuama 0-1; M. Ó Riordáin, L. Ó Críodáin (C); A. Ó Coinceannain 0-1f, C. Ó Duinnín; D. Seartan 0-1, L. Seartan 1-2, A. Ó Loingsigh; B. Seartan 0-3 (1f), L. Ó Conchùir 0-3, C. Ó Loingsigh Subs: D. Mac Tomais for L. Seartan (48), S. Ó Luasa for S. Ó Tuama (51).
O'DONOVAN ROSSA: R Price (C); S. Fitzgerald 0-1, P Crowley, D. Hazel; S O’Driscoll, D. Daly 0-1, J. Keohane; R. Byrne, D. Shannon 0-7 (5f, 1 mark); M. Collins 0-2, T. Hegarty 0-1, K Hurley, B. Crowley, E. Connolly, D. Og Hodnett 0-1 Subs: O. Lucey for B. Crowley (37), R. Long for J. Keohane (42), L. Connolly for E Connolly (48)
REFEREE: Cormac Dineen (Douglas)