Strong show from Kanturk
County SHC Round 2: Erins Own 1-13 Kanturk 0-19
Kanturk are through to the third round of Cork Senior Hurling Championship as they deservedly defeated Erins Own 0-19 to 1-13 complex on Sunday afternoon.
Despite a spirited display from Erins Own, Kanturk were fully deserving of this victory as they led from the second minute to seal their place in the next stage and set up an intriguing fixture against Ballyhea.
It was the clinical Seán Carey who got that early score and the centre-forward followed it up with another - either side of overs from his fellow half forwards Ian Walsh and Cian Clernon - to give Kanturk a commanding four-point to nothing lead by the eighth minute.
Eoghan Murphy got Erins Own on the board moments later with a well-struck free but that was quickly cancelled out by Anthony Nash as the Cork senior goalkeeper split the uprights with a long-range of his own.
Erins Own started to build up a bit of rhythm as Eoghan Murphy and Robbie O'Flynn raised white flags, but Kanturk battled back and responded well through Ryan Walsh and another Anthony Nash free to give them a 0-7 to 0-3 advantage by the 20th minute.
Murphy added two more converted frees to his tally before the half time break, but their opponents from North Cork would actually extend their lead thanks to three Seán Carey frees to make it 0-10 to 0-5 at the interval.
Kanturk were well beaten in the first round of this championship as Sarsfields recorded an impressive score of 2-24 to their 0-11 to make this a must-win game for the Green and whites.
Seán Carey immediately picked up from where he let off at the end of the first half at the beginning of the second as he extended his side's lead to six with another excellently dispatched free.
Erins Own secured a narrow victory over Ballymartle in the preliminary round of this competition before they lost 1-27 to 1-25 against Charleville in the first round. They soon rallied as they looked to save their championship season and they soon started to reduce the deficit.
James O'Connell grabbed his first point of the afternoon and Mark Collins followed suit while Eoghan Murphy remained faultless from frees as he added to more to his own total to make it 0-11 to 0-9 with 19 minutes remaining.
Kanturk halted their momentum with a great set-piece from Sean Carey but Erins Own's substitute Cathal Linehan made an immediate impact off the bench as they return the difference between the two clubs to two points.
Kanturk's Eoghan Murphy and Sean Carey attempted to give their side a bit more breathing space but the reprieve didn't last as long as they would have hoped as right half-forward Maurice O'Carroll scored twice to make it 0-14 to 0-12 with this tight contest drawing to a close, but it seemed as if the Caherlag club had given themselves too much to do as the leaders again began to pull away from them with time almost running out.
Aidan Walsh fired over the black spot and that was quickly followed by Ian Walsh and Seán Carey to ensure they were in front 0-17 to 0-12 with three minutes remaining in this tussle.
But Erins Own deserved massive credit for fighting for their jersey and their club until the very end as Eoghan Murphy took his total number of frees converted to seven before he was needlessly dismissed for a second yellow.
Ryan Walsh slotted over for Kanturk before Maurice O'Carroll drilled a brilliant shot into the back of the net to make it 1-13 to 0-18 in injury time, but it was to be their day as Anthony Nash grabbed the final point of the game as Kanturk finally sealed their place in the third round of the tournament.
ERINS OWN: K Murphy; C O'Connor, C Dooley, J Sheehan; S Cronin, S Murphy, C O'Mahony; S Horgan, B Og Murphy; M O'Carroll (1-2), J O'Carroll (0-1), G O'Mahony; E Murphy (0-7f), M Collins (0-1), R O'Flynn (0-1) Subs: C Linehan (0-1) for G O'Mahony (ht), S Guilfoyle for M Collins (42), I O'Mahony for S Horgan (49), P Fitzgerald for S Cronin (54)
KANTURK: A Nash (0-3f); J McLoughlin, L Cashman, A Sheehy; P Walsh, D Browne, J Browne; L O'Neill, M Healy; I Walsh (0-2), S Carey (0-9, 6f), C Clernon (0-1); A Walsh (0-2), R Walsh (0-2), L O'Keefe Subs: J Fitzpatrick for J Browne (35), D O'Connell for R Walsh (44), J Fullerton for L O'Keefe (53)
Referee: David Copps