Friday 15 December 2017

Hickey steers Duhallow past Seandún

John Tarrant

County SFC

Duhallow 2-12

Seandún 0-7

AN early second half blitz was enough for Duhallow to dispose of a gritty Seandun in the County SFC (Divisions/Colleges Section) in Mallow on Tuesday night. On doing so, Duhallow put behind a lack lustre opening quarter where the city side came close to shooting three goals. It took Duhallow a spell to discover their groove but once they did, last season's county finalists managed to find a different gear.

After shading matters by the interval, Duhallow favoured by the breeze were hardly recognisable to a side that looked so nervous early on. Their cuteness typified by their ability to craft goals at defining stages in the second half proved the difference between the pair.

Donal Cremin had pointed Seandún ahead only to be cancelled out by a Tadhg Collins pointed free at the opposite end. Still Seandún looked strong and focused, Paul Cronin hitting the side netting before Conor Buckley and Cronin added points.

Turning the screw, Seandún availed of solid work from James Kind, Killian Brosnan and Buckley to create an impression. Indeed Duhallow incurred a major let off on Cremin blasting off the crossbar and Edwin Buckley firing narrowly wide of the right hand post with goal written all over it.

Trailing 0-3 to 0-1, it was a nerve testing time for Duhallow yet they got to grips with the situation and points to centre forward Aidan Walsh and Matthew Dilworth tied up the game.

Walsh might well had goaled only to blast wide twice. Seandún remained in the hunt, regaining the lead courtesy of a Brosnan point. Steadily Duhallow's game livened up, a fine move involving Seamus O'Sullivan and Dilworth allowed Walsh point.

Follow up flags for Mike Herlihy and Dilworth helped Duhallow to a narrow 0-6 to 0-5 lead at half time.

The game's complexion changed completely upon the restart as Duhallow assumed full control. Wing back AJ O'Connor stepped forward to point in the initial thrust before the game's opening goal in the 32nd min swung the direction of the tussle. Good work by substitute Donough Moynihan found full forward Seamus Hickey whose initial effort shot was saved but the Rockchapel player followed up to net. There was no denying Duhallow's dominance now, grateful to the assurance of John McLoughlin, Joseph Dennehy and O'Connor in defence.

Substitutes Moynihan and Kevin Crowley instilled confidence as did Walsh, Dilworth and Herlihy. Points to Collins and Dilworth along with a pair of booming and curling efforts from Walsh strengthened Duhallow's handling on the proceedings.

The one way traffic continued, Duhallow's position strengthened on a second goal engineered on 48 minutes. Again substitutes contributed, Michael Casey and Jack Cott performing the spadework to allow Herlihy drill an unstoppable shot past Seandún 'keeper Billy Sheehan.

Another Dilworth point confirmed Duhallow's upward surge. That said, Seandún never flew the white flag of surrender and their efforts merited a pair of pointed frees to Edwin Buckley during the closing stages. Not enough to trouhle Duhallow who secure a path into the third round in the company of Carbery, CIT and UCC.

DUHALLOW: K Murphy (Boherbue); J McLoughlin (Kanturk), J Dennehy (Kiskeam), P Gayer (Castlemagner); A J O'Connor (Kiskeam) 0-1, K Buckley (Knocknagree), S Murphy (Ballydesmond); E O'Connor (Kanturk), S O'Sullivan (Dromtariffe); T Collins (Castlemagner) 0-2f, A Walsh (Kanturk) 0-4, M Dilworth (Castlemagner) 0-4; M Herlihy (Kiskeam) 1-1, S Hickey (Rockchapel) 1-0, B Dennehy (Kiskeam). Subs: D Moynihan (Knocknagree) for O'Sullivan (HT), K Crowley (Millstreet) for B Dennehy (HT), J Cott (Castlemagner) for Hickey (45), M Casey (Kiskeam) for A J O'Connor (47), D Curtin (Rockchapel) for Herlihy (50).

SEANDÚN: B Sheehan (Whites Cross); D Crowley (St. Michael's), R Foley (Delaneys), P Fitzgerald (Mayfield); E Murnane (White Cross), M Kelleher (do), C Daly (Brian Dillons); J Kind (Passage), K Brosnan (Brian Dillons) 0-1; M Howard (Passage), C Buckley (Whites Cross) 0-1, E Buckley (Whites Cross) 0-2f); D Cremin (St Michael's) 0-1, D McGrath (Brian Dillons), P Cronin (St. Michael's) 0-2.

Referee: J Bermingham (Bride Rovers)


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