Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hurney and O'Halloran seal deal for Ballinacourty

Ballinacourty 2-7 Drom-Broadford 0-11


Late points from Gary Hurney and Michael O'Halloran helped Ballinacourty to prevail in a hard-fought clash with Dromcollogher-Broadford at Fraher Field.

Goals from Jason O'Brien and Mark Ferncombe offered them the comfort of a five-point blanket but Limerick champions Drom-Broadford countered in the second half and closed to within one point approaching the finish.

The contest was spoiled by 44 frees as these two teams worked ferociously for the full hour.

After a laboured start to the first half, it crackled into life towards the interval. Ray Lynch and Derry McCarthy (two) for Drom-Broadford and O'Halloran for the Waterford men all notched early points to tie the match at 0-3 each after 23 minutes before Jason O'Brien gathered a loose ball and buried a low shot.

McCarthy's third point only offered minor relief to a second goal. Ferncombe flicked to the net with two minutes of the half remaining after Patrick Hurney's lofted delivery hung around the goalmouth. Killian Phair answered with a point as the home side held a 2-3 to 0-5 lead at the break.


Mark Fives stretched that advantage to five on the restart but Drom-Broadford clawed their way back into contention as Ballinacourty conceded 18 second-half frees. Michael Reidy hit a well-struck point, a neat combination allowed McCarthy bag a fourth for the afternoon and a fisted Phair effort cut the gap to two.

Centre-back Shane Briggs released the pressure for Ballinacourty with a rallying score on 40 minutes, leaving it 2-5 to 0-8.

They continued to give away frees, however, and the wides also mounted (10 by the close of business). A more economical Drom-Broadford continued to probe and moved to within one as points from Phair and Lynch made it 2-5 to 0-10 on 54 minutes.

With the waves crashing against them, Ballinacourty gritted their teeth. Patrick and Gary Hurney took command of the centre and they won back-to-back kick-outs.

In the final minute of normal time, Gary Hurney split the uprights for his side's first score in 19 minutes and O'Halloran followed that up in swift fashion to seal the victory.

The green and white face an away assignment at the Clare champions on November 17.

Scorers – Ballinacourty: M Ferncombe, J O'Brien 1-0 each, M O'Halloran 0-3 (1f, 1 '45'), S Briggs 0-2, M Fives, G Hurney 0-1 each. Dromcollogher-Broadford: D McCarthy, K Phair (1f) 0-4 each; R Lynch 0-2; M Reidy 0-1.

Ballinacourty – S Enright; B Looby, S Briggs, D Collins; R Foley, S O'Hare, C Moloney; J O'Mahoney, G Hurney; M Ferncombe, M Fives, M Gorman; M O'Halloran, J O'Brien, P Hurney. Subs: J Power for Gorman (48), S Donovan for O'Brien (48), G Breen for Collins (56).

Drom-Broadford – K Noonan; E Barry, D O'Leary, C Fahy; G Noonan, B Noonan, G Egan; S Buckley, M O'Sullivan; M Brosnan, P Donnelly, D McCarthy; R Lynch, M Reidy, K Phair. Subs: J Stokes for O'Sullivan (h-t), S Brosnan for M Brosnan (h-t), G Greaney for K Noonan (41), P Madigan for McCarthy (48), M Boyce for G Noonan (54).

Ref – C Lane (Cork)

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