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Cork SAHC: Fermoy leave best until last to burn off Newcestown

Tomás Clancy goal before half-time sets Fermoy on their way to well-earned success


Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile



Fermoy 3-12

Newcestown 1-16

It was definitely a case of saving the best wine until last on Fermoy’s part in the Co-Op Superstores county senior ‘A’ hurling championship encounter with Newcestown at Ballincollig last Sunday.

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Having finished the first-half four points in arrears, they struggled to erase the deficit after the interval due to a glaring lack of penetration in attack.

As a consequence, they looked a beaten docket when they trailed by five points with seven minutes of regulation time remaining.

They received a badly-needed boost at that stage, however, when substitute Shane Aherne, shortly after being sprung from the bench, pounced for a goal after ‘keeper Jason Condon had pumped a long-range free into the danger-zone.

Aherne’s strike sparked of a resurgence that yielded a brace of points – the second a superb effort from play – by ace marksman Liam Colman before Gary O’Callaghan added a goal five minutes into stoppage time to complete their whirlwind finish.

That O’Callaghan should have the satisfaction of shooting the decisive score was by no means unfitting, as he almost singlehandedly keep the flag flying up front in the first-half.

He didn’t get on the score sheet himself before the break, but he was the focal point for the majority of Fermoy’s productive raids, with his aerial prowess at the edge of the square causing the Newcestown rear-guard immense problems.

O’Callaghan’s input as a target-man was a key factor in enabling Fermoy to make the early running, as was the dominance enjoyed by Adam Creed, Darragh O’Carroll and Brian O’Sullivan in the half-back line.

Liam Coleman’s free-taking expertise was another major asset, all of which was enough to allow Fermoy move into an unflattering 0-5 to 0-3 lead with 20 minutes gone.

The complexion of the contest changed dramatically before half-time, however, as Newcestown snatched the initiative to string a six-point sequence together before full-forward Edmund Kenneally fired in a goal in the 28th minute.

To a certain extent, the first-half amounted to a tale of two full-forwards, with Kenneally’s contribution for Newcestown surpassing what Gary O’Callaghan achieved at the other end for Fermoy.

Kenneally completed Newcestown’s first-half tally from a free, bringing his personal return before the break to 1-8, 1-3 from play, in the process.

After Liam Coleman ended a 13-minute barren spell for Fermoy with a placed ball conversion in stoppage time, they received a significant tonic when Gary O’Callaghan plucked a booming free by ‘keeper Condon from the clouds to set Tomás Clancy up for a well-taken goal that made it 1-10 to 1-6 at the interval.

Shrugging off that set-back, Newcestown hit the ground running on the resumption, stretching their advantage to six points courtesy of scores from Jack Meade and Conor O’Neill inside 36 minutes.

While Fermoy responded with points from Jack Carr, from a free, and David Larder, they found it increasingly difficult to make headway up front as the second-half progressed.

It meant they had good cause to fear the worst after midfielder Luke Meade- the most influential performer on view in a sector by-passed for long periods – fired over a tasty point to leave Newcestown 1-15 to 1-10 to the good with 49 minutes gone.

To their credit, Fermoy never dropped their heads, and their never-say-die attitude was rewarded with Shane Aherne’s revitalising goal five minutes later.

That was the catalyst for their dramatic transformation on the run-in when they displayed drive determination and desire in abundance to overhaul a visibly stunned Newcestown at the death.

Preceded by a victory over Cloyne in Round 1, this result leaves Fermoy needing just a draw against Mallow in their final game in the group to be guaranteed a place in the championship’s knock-out stages.

FERMOY: J Condon; E Clancy, J Scannell, P Murphy; A Creed, D O’Carroll, B O’Sullivan; M Brennan, D Daly 0-1; D Lardner 0-1, L Coleman 0-7 (5f), T Clancy 1-0; J Carr 0-3 (2f), G O’Callaghan 1-0, J Molloy Subs: A Aherne for Molloy (injured), 39, J O’Sullivan for O’Sullivan (injured), 39, S Aherne 1-0 for Carr, 52

NEWCESTOWN: C Wilson; M McSweeney, C Twomey, S O’Sullivan; J Kelleher, E Collins 0-1, F Keane; P Collins, L Meade 0-2; C Dineen, J Meade 0-2 (1f), R O’Sullivan; C O’Neill 0-1, E Kenneally 1-10 (7f), D Buckley Subs: N Kelly for R O’Sullivan, 43, M Courtney for P Collins, 56

REFEREE: B Murphy (Carrigtwohill)