Results leaves both sides still in contention ahead of final round of fixtures
CO-OP SUPERSTORES COUNTY SAHC
Bride Rovers 1-17
Ballyhea and Bride Rovers shared the spoils in this Co Op Superstores Co Senior A HC game at Kildorrery on Sunday. This was a very entertaining contest with the outcome in doubt all through.
Bride Rovers opened with two early points by Adam Walsh, Ballyhea had to wait till the seventh minute for their opening score a point by Dion Curtin after good play by Gavin Morrissey.
The Avondhu side were reduced to 14 players a minute later. However, they dealt very capably with their loss. Pa O'Callaghan pointed a free and he had a goal in the 10th minute that levelled at 1-2 each.
O'Callaghan added a point from a free and play before William Finnegan pointed a Rovers free. At the end of the first quarter O'Callaghan had his second goal 2-4 to 1-3. Mikey Browne saved well from Ronan O'Connell. Maurice O'Sullivan pointed from long range.
Both sides exchanged two points each by the 22nd minute 2-7 to 1-5. Bride Rovers had a pointed free by William Finnegan. Ballyhea replied by O'Callaghan with Cillian Tobin with a late point closing the gap 2- 8 to 1-7 at the break.
On the restart Bride Rovers did well. They had four rapid points by Adam Walsh, Shane Walsh, Kieran Kearney and Paddy O'Flynn as they forced level 2- 8 to 1-11.
Ballyhea regrouped well. Pa O'Callaghan pointed a free with Dion Curtin working well for Jack Morrissey who sent over. Maurice O'Sullivan restored the goal lead 2- 11 to 1-11. Bride Rovers made a number of good runs.
Ballyhea half-backs were very solid. William Finnegan pointed a free. In the 45th minute O'Callaghan struck a long range free 2-12 to 1-12. Bride Rovers came close to a goal when Kieran Kearney placed William Finnegan who was denied by Michael Morrissey.
Adam Walsh and William Finnegan with a point each closed the gap 2- 12 to 1-14. Tom Hanley made a vital catch from Shane Walsh breaking up a vital Rovers attack.
A foul on Pa O'Callaghan saw the same player point the free in the 60th minute. Adam Walsh with two frees levelled at 2- 13 to 1-16. Deep in injury time a foul on Maurice O'Sullivan led to another O'Callaghan pointed free.
In the dying moments Michael Collins was fouled and Adam Walsh pointed the resultant free. Having been level on four occasions it was a fitting result in the end and the draw keeps both sides in contention facing their last group game.
BALLYHEA: M Browne, A Barrett, M Morrissey, L Hanley, C Cox, Tom Hanley, Tiernan Hanley, J Copps, M O'Sullivan 0-2, John Morrissey 0-1, P O'Callaghan 2-9 (0-8f), G Morrissey, Jack Morrissey 0-1, E O'Leary, D Curtin 0-1 Sub: N Crowley for J Copps
BRIDE ROVERS: C Hogan, T O'Sullivan, S Walsh 0-1, J Mannix, P O'Flynn 0-1, E Roche, S O'Connor, K Kearney 0-1, C O'Connor, W Finnegan 0-5, R O'Connell, A Walsh 0-7 (0-3f), C Tobin 1-2, J Ahern, B Roche Subs: C Ryan for W Finnegan, M Collins for J Mannix
REFEREE: Nathan Wall (Carrigaline)