COUNTY INTERMEDIATE HC
A good second half showing by Kildorrery helped set them on their way to victory over Meelin in the Co-Op Superstores Co IHC at Newtownshandrum on Friday evening.
In a low scoring opening half both teams were very much off target especially Kildorrery who accounted for nine wides throughout this half whereas Meelin were wide on four occasions. Kildorrery registered the games opening score in the second minute when David Kelly pointed.
Meelin who lost their opening game to Midleton needed a victory to have any hope of making it to the knockout stages and were quick to set out their intentions. In the fourth minute Nicholas Linehan set up Jack Curtin for a goal.
Kildorrery responded when a good delivery by Jamie O'Gorman found David Kelly who set up Finbarr Stapleton for a well taken point in the ninth minute. From there to the 23rd minute Kildorrery enjoyed the lions share of possession but they were unable to reflect it on the scoreboard when shooting some very bad wides.
Kildorrery were also denied a goal scoring chance but a timely interception from William Murphy that kept them at bay. Instead it was Meelin that increased their lead when great work by Jimmy McAuliffe resulted in substitute James Forrest scoring a great point.
The remainder of the half saw Kildorrery find their range in front of the posts. Peter O'Brien pointed a free in the 25th minute. Dylan Kent and James Keating (sideline) added late points that helped them hold a slender 0-5 to 1-1 lead at the interval.
On the changeover both teams were quick into the action. The hard working James Keating moved Kildorrery two clear with a long range point only to be pegged back when Jason O'Callaghan landed two points in as many minutes for the Duhallow side to force level at 0-6 to 1-3 by the 34th minute.
However, from here on Kildorrery gained a foothold on proceedings with William Fouhy, Michael Walsh, James Keating and Finbarr Stapleton featuring strongly and by the water break a point each by Stapleton and Keating moved them two clear.
When play resumed Meelin stayed firmly in the hunt when Jason O'Callaghan set up James Forrest who pointed from a difficult angle 0-8 to 1-4. However a youthful Kildorrery side prevailed from here. James Keating scored a massive point from out along the flank before Finbarr Stapleton made it a 0-10 to 1-4 lead.
Moments later William Fouhy got the score of the game when a great solo run out of the half back line resulted in a massive long range point. At the other end Meelin missed a goal scoring chance when they were narrowly wide.
Then came the decisive score when Kildorrery introduced the long-serving Éamonn O'Connor where he made an immediate impact when he scored Kildorrery's goal in the 54th minute 1-11 to 1-4.
Meelin who had some good displays by Maurice O'Keeffe, Shane Curtin, William Murphy and Jason O'Callaghan battled to the end. They reeled off the next four points by Jason O'Callaghan (2) Steven Martin O'Sullivan and Maurice O'Keeffe that narrowed the margin to 1-11 to 1-8 as the game headed into injury time.
However, time was not on their side with Finbarr Stapleton completing the scoring for the Kildorrery as they ran out deserving winners.
KILDORRERY: I Butler, C O'Baoil, S Fitzgerald, K Noonan, J O'Gorman, M Walsh, W Fouhy 0-1, J Hunter, J Keating 0-4 (0-1 s/l), T Condon, D Kelly 0-1, P O'Brien 0-1f, F Stapleton 0-4, D Kent 0-1, C Harrington Subs: J McEniry for D Kelly (inj), K Hurley for T Condon, E O'Connor 1-0 for C Harrington, S Kelly for S Fitzgerald (inj)
MEELIN: S M O'Sullivan 0-1, S Hehir, S Curtin, T.J Twomey, T.J Brosnan, M O'Keeffe 0-1f, S Brosnan, D Buckley, W Murphy, B O'Sullivan, L Collins, J O'Callaghan 0-4f, J Curtin 1-0, N Linehan, J McAuliffe Subs: J Forrest 0-2 for B O'Sullivan (inj), M McAuliffe for J Curtin, J O'Sullivan for S Brosnan, C Curtin for L Collins, S Geaney for J McAuliffe
REFEREE: Pa O'Driscoll (Bride Rovers)