Five-goal Ballincollig walk all over disappointing Clyda Rovers
County SFC Round 2 - Ballincollig 5-15, Clyda Rovers 0-6
Ballincollig were expected to have the edge on Clyda Rovers at Blarney on Saturday evening last but nobody could have visualised the ease at which they overcame the north Cork side.
They had both suffered first round defeats so it was their final chance to stay in the championship race so an exceptional effort was anticipated from the participants. From the off however the contest had an inevitability about it as Ballincollig went strongly on the offensive.
Minors from Darren Murphy and John Paul Murphy (no relation) in the second and fourth minutes respectively got them off to a good start. The mid Cork side could have been further ahead as a couple of efforts were short and collected safely by the Clyda cúl baire and a couple efforts were wide off the posts so the north Cork side clearly had their backs to the wall.
They managed to open their account in the sixth minute when Connor Flanagan was on target and they were in a flattering position a minute later when they raised a second white flag. That was as good as it got for the Clyda side, however, as Ballincollig proceeded to go on a scoring spree.
From the tenth minute to the short whistle they added two goals and ten points to their tally, while their opponents only registered two minors so the mid Cork side had their victory secured at that stage.
Cork senior Cian Kiely was the player who regained the lead for his side when he soloed forward and confidently sent the football between the uprights and subsequent white flags were raised by Cian Dorgan, Darren Murphy (2), and Kevin Browne (2).
It got significantly bad for Clyda when Ballincollig found the net twice in the space of three minutes when good vision by former Cork senior Patrick Kelly created the openings on both occasions.
The first saw him delivering the ball to Darren Murphy who was standing in splendid isolation so the latter duly found the opposing net while the second was secured by the other Murphy in action.
Kelly placed the ball in front of him as he was moving forward and JP confidently billowed the Clyda net. The north Cork side did have the final say when Cian O'Sullivan sent the football between the uprights bit the second period commenced with Ballincollig leading 2-10 to 0-4.
The result was a forgone conclusion at that stage, however, as Clyda despite the introduction of substitutes and positional changes, they were unable to turn their situation around.
Their position was made worst early in the second moiety when an effort from the ground by Gary Comerford made it Ballincollig goal number three and the inability by the losers to compete with the Ballincollig midfield duo Seán Kiely and particularly Peter O'Neill meant that they were never capable of bringing pressure to bear on their opponents citadel.
Seán Kiely scored a point in the 37th minute to further increase Ballincollig's lead and in the 45th minute the men in green slotted home goal number four. Cian Dorgan had Darren Murphy beside him close to goal and his quick switching of the football to the latter made it easy for him to kick to the net.
Ballincollig registered a fifth when a powerful drive from Cian Kiely arrived at its destination and Ballincollig are safely through to the third round of Cork's premier football championship.
For Clyda Rovers it was a disastrous evening but on the following day their morale must have got a significant boost when they saw a minor from their club Conor Corbett leading Cork to all Ireland victory and being chosen as man of the match for his performance.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons, Noel Galvin, Liam Jennings, Killian Coleman, John Paul Murphy (1-1), Colm O'Connell, Cian Kiely (1-1), Seán Kiely (0-2, 1f), Peter O'Neill, Kevin Browne (0-2), Patrick Kelly, Colin Moore, Garry Comerford (1-1), Cian Dorgan (0-3, 1f, 1 '45), Darren Murphy (2-4) Subs: Rob Noonan (0-1) for Kelly, 33, Robbie Bourke for Galvin, 48, Stephen O'Donoghue for Jennings, 48
Clyda Rovers: Elliot Sheehan, Seán Ronayne, Ray Carey, Seamus Ronayne, James Buckley, Paudie Kissane, Mike Forde, Kenneth Fitzgerald, Conor Flanagan (0-2f), Colin Kelly, Cian O'Sullivan (0-2), Seán Kelly, Ronan Flanagan (0-1), Paulk Cronin, Chris Buckley (0-1) Subs: Darragh Buckley for S Roynane, half-time, Ollie O'Hanlon for C Kelly, half-time, Roy Willis for Flanagan, 39, Ben O'Connor for S Kelly, 49, Seamus Roynane for C Buckley, 57
Referee: Eamon Sheehy (Newcestown)