Injury to Cathal Vaughan throws a dampener on Muskerry men’s celebration after victory in Banteer
BON SECOURS COUNTY PIFC QUARTER-FINAL
Iveleary remain hot on the trail of the Bon Secours County Premier Intermediate Football Championship after claiming a quarter-final victory over Rockchapel at Banteer on Sunday.
Having taken back to back county titles at Junior A and Intermediate grades, there is no substitute for class and Iveleary had it in abundance to see off a spirited Rockchapel.
That said, apart from a brief spell in the opening half, Iveleary had things pretty much their own way, stepping up the tempo at crucial junctions by summoning on all their expertise and craft to telling effect.
However, a shoulder injury to Cathal Vaughan threw a dampener on Iveleary’s triumph, the talisman key to Iveleary’s bid to lifting three consecutive titles. That injury proved the only blot to an otherwise solid afternoon’s work by Iveleary acknowledged by selector John O’Callaghan.
“Another brilliant performance, we knew coming up here to Banteer of a big open pitch and two scorable goals, but facing a traditional Rockchapel side that come with a different style,” he said
“Rockchapel have their threats, Seamus Hickey is a super player, we kept him quite. At the end of the hour, it was the performance that counted for us and we roll onto a semi final, all involved are looking ahead to the next challenge,” said O’Callaghan.
Having operated at Junior ranks up to the summer of 2021, Iveleary are showing little signs of relenting, now looking ahead to semi-final against Bantry to determine opponents for Cill na Martra or Kanturk in the decider.
With a huge crowd present, traffic congestion delayed the start by 10 minutes, Iveleary getting down to business quickly, Vaughan posting a point. However, Iveleary were left to rue a series of missed chances, shooting seven wides in the opening half.
Rockchapel rose to the challenge, Iveleary ‘keeper Joe Creedon denied Jack Curtin a goal change. Though the Inchigeela side doubled their advantage from a Chris Óg Jones effort, Rockchapel opened their account with a Cormac Curtin point.
That score lifted Rockchapel, their improving play ruffled the composure of the favourites, points to Curtin and William Murphy helped forged a 0-4 to 0-3 lead.
However, Iveleary weathered a spell of pressure, regaining the initiative, drawing a positive response from the play of Ciarán O’Riordan, Ciarán Galvin and Alan O’Brien with Jones and Vaughan threatening up front.
Indeed the Iveleary response to the Rockchapel scoring burst was swift, Barry O’Leary pointed before the Jones brothers combined for the game’s lone goal in the 18th minute, Chris Óg’s precision pass to Ian saw the latter despatch a blaster beyond Liam Collins.
Rockchapel dragged themselves right back into contention, points to Jack and Cormac Curtin cut the leeway 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time. However, Iveleary made an early statement of intent on the restart, midfielder Seán O’Leary might well had goaled only to blast over the crossbar.
A knock for Vaughan saw the target man leave the action yet Iveleary had able deputies with ‘keeper Joe Creedon and Chris Óg Jones converting frees to forge ahead 1-10 to 0-7.
A Ciarán Curtin brought a Rockchapel response but Iveleary possessed a better cutting edge going forward with the O’Leary brothers on target. Hard though as Rockchapel attempted to get back into the game, very much plain sailing for Iveleary to rubberstamp a place in the last four and a semi-final meeting against Bantry Blues.
IVELEARY: J Creedon 0-1f; D O’Donovan, C O’Riordan, A O’Brien; K Manning, C Galvin, T Roberts; C O’Leary 0-1, S O’Riordan; B O’Leary 0-2, S O’Leary 0-1, B Cronin; C Óg Jones 0-4 (0-1f), C Vaughan 0-4 (0-3f) I Jones 1-0 Subs: J O’Donovan for C Vaughan(35 inj), D Cotter for A O’Brien (44), L O’Sullivan for T Roberts (52), L Kearney 0-1 for B O’Leary (58)
ROCKCHAPEL: L Collins; B Carroll, E O’Callaghan, S Curtin; P Curtin, M O’Keeffe, K Collins 0-1; C Kepple, S Hickey; J O’Callaghan, W Murphy 0-1, J McAuliffe 0-1; Cormac Curtin 0-5 (0-4f), J Curtin 0-1, M McAuliffe 0-1 Subs: J Forrest 0-1 for J O’Callaghan (ht), D O’Callaghan for C Kepple (ht), N Lenihan 0-1 for W Murphy (40), N O’Callaghan for Cormac Curtin(45), Ciaran Curtin for J Curtin (58)
REFEREE: J Murphy (Castletownroche).