Iveleary power past Lyre
County JAFC Round 1: Iveleary 2-20 Lyre 0-7
A strong showing from Iveleary confirmed their intentions as serious contenders for the Co. JAFC after powering past Lyre in Round 1 at Millstreet last Sunday.
Apart from a competitive 15 minutes, Iveleary proceeded to move up through the gears to enjoy a largely trouble free outing.
With an understrength Lyre giving as good for a stalemate position midway through the opening half, the expectations of a close contest for the full hour failed to materialise. Instead, Lyre were soon at a numerical disadvantage as Iveleary proceeded to offer an exhibition of confident, disciplined and ruthless play despite the absence of playmaker Cathal Vaughan.
Iveleary team manager John McNulty had reason to admire Lyre capabilities during the opening half though the losers copybook was blotted on losing a player before the interval.
"It was a tough opening, fortunately for us, Lyre were down a man and it allowed us kick on. Fair credit to Lyre, they really came out of the blocks, a big physical team put us under pressure and they took fine scores," he said.
"We were forced to stay patient, started to get good ball inside and obtain a few scores, the man going off was decisive."
Coming off a decisive win over Aghinagh to retain their Mid Cork title seven days previously, McNulty indicated of their desire to setting their sights on the county.
"They are 37 players on the panel, little between them, they keeping pushing each other. The guys starting are extremely lucky to be putting on a red jersey, if anybody has an off day, they will sit down and let in the next guy, that drives it on, there is no complacency," he said.
A nip and tuck opening flattered to deceive a large attendance, Iveleary put together a spell of pressure for Chris Óg Jones and Ciarán Galvin point. Lyre put the brakes on that surge, a series of attacks yielded points from Jamie Sexton, Cathal O'Donoughue and Denis Roche for parity at 0-5 apiece at the close of the opening quarter. However Iveleary warmed to their task, grabbing a breakthrough in the 19th min, the enterprising Jones centred for Conor O'Leary to net. As the rain descended, Iveleary's game held the greater urgency with Kevin Manning, Sean O'Leary and Galvin sweeping forward from defence with Jones a constant menace in attack.
The flow of the game remained with Ivleary, Jones and Brian Cronin on target, Lyre down to fourteen players on a red card picked up by Timmie Murphy. Trailing 1-12 to 0-5 at the interval, in fairness, Lyre were quickly into their stride from a Roche point.
However, the Duhallow runners up faced a mountain to climb, a sweeping Iveleary move, the length of the park saw Jones make no mistake to goal. That score effectively ensured the destination of the spoils with five Iveleary players adding a 0-6 tally during the closing quarter to advance.
IVELEARY: J Creedon, B Murphy, C O'Riordan, G O'Riordan; K Manning 0-1, S O'Leary, C Galvin 0-1; S Lehane, D O'Riordan; C O'Leary 1-4(0-2f), B Cronin 0-3 (0-2f), A O'Donovan 0-1; C Óg Jones 1-7, S O'Riordan 0-1, B O'Leary Subs: D Cotter for G O'Riordan (17 inj), F McSweeney for S Lehane (45) , G McSweeney 0-1 for C Óg Jones (46), J Pickering for C O'Riordan (48), D Kelly for S O'Riordan (50), D O'Sullivan 0-1 for B Cronin (52)
LYRE: D McAullife; J McAulliffe, C Coughlan, K Sexton; D Kearney, K Tarrant, B O'Keeffe; J Sexton 0-1, C O'Keeffe; T Murphy 0-1f, C O'Donoughue 0-1f, D Murphy; P Ryan, A Coughlan, D Roche 0-4 Subs: N Twomey for C Coughlan (34), E O'Brien for C O'Keeffe (38), L O'Brien for A Coughlan (40), E Buckley for K Sexton (58), D Barrett for J McAulliffe (59)
Referee: D Hickey (Millstreet)