Tuesday 23 January 2018

Kanturk defeat Macroom in ninegoal cup classic


Kanturk A 6 Macroom A 3

THIS win put Kanturk into the last 32 of the Munster Junior Cup thanks to excellent finishing from their on-form strike force. In many ways, Kanturk had to win the game twice as Macroom clawed their way back into contention with 20 minutes to play but two late goals decided the outcome.

The teams were tied at one-all at halftime. Martin O'Riordan put Karl Holland in for Kanturk's first after twenty minutes but, despite going ahead, the home side were struggling to play at a consistently high tempo. Macroom deserved their equaliser when Anthony O'Donoghue played a ball over the home side's defence and Rory Buckley ran onto it and scored.

Kanturk scored three goals without reply in a devastating 15 minute spell on the restart. Jamie Hawie created two with good crosses that Martin Riordan and karl Holland finished off decisively. Then, with 65 minutes played, Martin Riordan scored his second to make it 4-1 to Kanturk. The game looked over for Macroom but Michael Browne galvanised his side with a powerful volley to make it 4-2. He then crossed for Rory Buckley to get Macroom's third which meant Kanturk had to try to up the tempo and push on for the second time.

Macroom continued to attack and were hit on the break with a well-worked Kanturk move that Karl Holland finished off to complete his hat-trick. Tom Fitzgibbon got a late goal though the final score line makes the game seem more onesided than it was.

The sides return to league duty this weekend with Macroom at home to Springfield in the Premier League and Kanturk hosting Grattan in a Premier A clash.

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