County crown caps fine year for Fermoy GAA
Sports Review of the Year: Pat Ryan takes a look back at a successful year for Fermoy which saw them crowned county champions
Fermoy had a very successful season in 2018. The winning of the County Premier IFC was the highlight of their year.
They were also successful in taking the Avondhu Under 21 A HC title along with the Junior C HC title. The Under 21 A HC title was a major boost to the club but their third side winning the Junior C HC title was also a major achievement.
The Intermediate footballers were in Division 3 County IFL. They won eight of their 10 games drew one and lost one. These results put them on top of the table on joint 17 points with Carrigaline.
The final played in early December saw Carrigaline take the league title by 2-13 to 4-4. In the County Premier IFC Fermoy's opening game was against Bantry Blues where the Avondhu side came out on top by 4-8 to 1-8.
Arlene Aherne had the opening goal for Fermoy with Rory McEvoy having their second goal. Fermoy's third goal came early on the resumption from Ronan O'Callaghan as they led 3-3 to 1-3.
The winner's fourth goal came in the closing minutes from Padraigh Clancy as they eased to a three goal win. Fermoy were now through to Round 3 where the faced Kanturk in Kildorrery.
This was a game where Fermoy dominated all through. Their defence were awesome and an early goal by Martin Brennan set them on their way. Second half goals by Martin Brennan and Padraigh de Roiste helped Fermoy to a 3- 8 to 2- 5 win. This win gave Fermoy a place in the quarter final where Bantry Blues were again their opponents. This match in Macroom was alot closer than the opening round with Fermoy coming out on top by 2-9 to 1-9.
The Avondhu side were now in the county semi-final where they faced Naomh Aban in Páirc Ui Rinn. Fermoy were in control for most of this game with Martin Brennan's goal proving decisive as they won by 1-12 to 0-14.
St Michael's defeated Éire Óg in the other county semi-final. St Michaels had contested the County Premier IFC finals of 2012, 2015 and 2017 without success. Fermoy lost to Kiskeam in the 2016 County Premier IFC final. The two sides were now to contest the 2018 County Premier IFC final. Between them they had lost the last three County Premier IFC finals.
Fermoy did well in this final all through. They never trailed and led 0-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. St. Michael's were very much off target while Damian O'Hagan was very accurate for Fermoy.
Fermoy led by four points at the break. The City side had many wides, but got within two points with eight minutes remaining. Padraigh de Roiste had two points that set Fermoy on their way to a 0-11 to 0-7 win. This victory secured Fermoy their passage to senior ranks for the first time in 45 years.
In the Munster club Intermediate football championship Fermoy recorded wins over Galbally and Moyne-Templetuohy before they eventually lost out in the Munster final to Kilcummin in Mallow.
In the Under 21 A HC Fermoy were involved in a round robin championship with Kilworth, Kilshannig, and Ballygiblin. Fermoy had a first round win over Kilworth 1-15 to 1- 11.
They lost their next game to Kilshannig by 2-21 to 0-15. Fermoy recorded a vital win over Ballygiblin by 0-17 to 1-11 that ensured a place in the final against Kilshannig. This final was played in Castletownroche in late August.
It took an injury time goal for Fermoy to take the title. Goals in the first half by David Lardner and David O'Callaghan helped them to lead at the break 2-3 to 0-5. The sides were level at the end of normal time 2-7 to 0-13.
Greg Lardner with a goal deep in injury time secured the title by a 3-7 to 0-14 margin. Fermoy lost out to Cloughduv in the Co semi final in Páirc Uí Rinn by 1-18 to 3-10.
Fermoy capped off the season with four impressive wins in the Junior C HC. In their first round they defeated Kildorrery by 1-13 to 0-14. John O'Rourke, Cork senior footballer, made his hurling debut with Fermoy in that game and was impressive.
Their second game was in late October when they accounted for Milford by 6-16 to 3- 7. That result saw Fermoy into the semi-final against near neighbours Harbour Rovers.
Fermoy had another impressive victory over the Rovers by 5-16 to 1- 14. They were now in the final against the defending champions Liscarroll-Churchtown Gaels. This game was played in Kildorrery under lights on a bad wet night in mid November.
Fermoy who led 1-10 to 0-4 at the break ran out comprehensive winners by 2-14 to 0-5. The winners goals came from Garry O'Callaghan and Mattie Condon.