Fine first-half display sets up Bandon victory

Bandon 1-10 Newcestown 0-06
A good first-half performance paved the way for Bandon to win a first Cork South West U21AHC title in three years as they overcame Newcestown at Kilbrittain yesterday.

In difficult underfoot conditions, a more clinical Bandon led 0-6 to 0-1 at the interval, and after the sides exchanged points early in the second half, Shane Hickey’s goal pushed them eight clear. Central attackers Michael Cahalane and Mark Sugrue were key for the Lilywhites, Cahalane scoring six points, while a concerted defensive effort frustrated Newcestown for long periods, with the losers posting 10 wides.

Newcestown went 26 minutes of the first half without a score after Trevor Horgan answered Cahalane’s 16 second opener.

Hickey’s 35th-minute goal solidified the advantage, and though Newcestown rallied, they could not eat into the lead sufficiently.

One of the main reasons for this was Bandon goalkeeper James McSweeney, who saved from Seán Ryan and then pulled off a wonderful double-stop to deny Jack O’Toole and Horgan.

Bandon closed out the game professionally, Oisín Healy’s late point leaving seven in it.

Scorers for Bandon: M Cahalane 0-6 (0-4f), S Hickey 1-0, M Sugrue, O Healy 0-2 each.

Scorers for Newcestown: T Horgan 0-3 (0-2f), J Meade 0-2 (0-1 65), S Ryan 0-1.

BANDON: J McSweeney; M Beechor, P Crowley, M McNamara; A O’Connell, P Murphy, E Ryan; J Harrington, C Swanton; S Hickey, M Sugrue, O Healy; M Cahalane, R Long, A Dullea. Subs: F O’Leary for Long (33), D O’Donovan for S Hickey (42), C Lynch for McNamara (47, injured), R Fogarty for Swanton (60).

NEWCESTOWN: G Courtney; N Murphy, M Courtney, R Collins; G Murphy, C Twomey, L O’Mahony; J Meade, M McSweeney; C O’Neill, A Shorten, D O’Driscoll; S Ryan, T Horgan, P Curran. Subs: J O’Toole for Shorten (39), Shorten for O’Driscoll (58).

Referee: S Crowley (Argideen Rangers).

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