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Barr’s pip Douglas and avoid relegation battle

HARD luck on Douglas in this Evening Echo Cork Co SHC clash at Pairc Ui Chaoimh where famed St. Finbarr’s avoided the unthinkable - the relegation scrap - by winning a cracker 2-16 to 2-15.

Douglas will reflect on a great second-half comeback, in stark contrast to their opening half- a half that ultimately cost them victory. If you want to beat the ’Barr’s you must always consider ‘the Murray question’ and how to curtail him. Kevin may be in his 35th year but shows little signs of ageing and the game was only alive for 33 seconds when he pounced for a trademark goal. That set the tone for the rest of the half with Murray in particular and the ’Barr’s in general on top and leading by eight points at the break.

Whatever coach Teddy McCarthy said to the troops at half time had an immediate effect. And though playing into the breeze they produced a super second half effort which just fell short and they now face a relegation battle with Bishopstown.

Scorers: St. Finbarr’s: K. Murray 1-6 (0-4 frees), G. McCarthy 1-3, G. O’ Connor 0-3 (0-2 frees), C. McCarthy, R. O’ Mahony, M. Ryan and R. Curran (free) 0-1 each.

Douglas: S. Moylan 1-5 (0-3 frees), E. Cadogan 0-4, S. McCarthy 1-0, B. Fitzgerald, W. Coveney and M. Harrington (0-1 free, 0-1 ’65) 0-2 each,

A big win for CIT over Muskerry in this second round clash at Pairc Ui Rinn last night. Some polished forward play, allied to the sublime goalkeeping heroics of Anthony Nash, powered the students an overwhelming 16 points victory.

With Maurice O’Sullivan, Leigh Desmond, Colm O’Neill, Darren Crowley and Adrian Mannix firing on all cylinders up front and Nash virtually unbeatable in goal, CIT led from start to finish and won pulling up.

Scorers for CIT: D Crowley 1-4, C O’Neill 1-3, M O’Sullivan 0-6 (0-1 free), A Mannix 0-4, L Desmond 0-4 (0-1 free), M Dunne, E Dillon 0-1 each.

Muskerry: D O’Connell 1-2, D O’Riordan 0-3 (all frees), J Hurley 0-2, D Corkery 0-2, K Walsh 0-1.

In the Premier IHC Watergrasshill turned on the style in the final 30 minutes at Ballynoe to outplay Youghal 3-12 to 1-11.

Following a very bland first-half, the greater all-round strength of the ’Hill, plus their more diverse scoring ability, secured them a quarter-final meeting with either Ballincollig or Ballyhea.

Youghal were lacking similar scoring power and were far too reliant on young Leigh Desmond, who nabbed all but two of their points. Watergrasshill’s O’Riordan was sent off for a second yellow.

Scorers for Watergrasshill: S O’Leary 2-0, P Cahill 1-2, J Halbert 0-3 (0-1 free), P O’Regan (0-1 free, 0-1 65) and P O’Brien 0-2 each, E Barry, E O’Reilly and I Gardiner 0-1 each.

Youghal: L Desmond 1-9 (0-7 frees), B Ring and R Cunningham 0-1 each.

Two games in the Premier IFC and two draws. A real cracker in Macroom as Ballingeary and Kiskeam battled to a standstill, 2-12 to 1-15, after extra-time, in a third round clash that buzzed to the very end.

Scores aplenty, yet just a point apiece in 20 minutes of extra-time as both sides battled to close each other down, making it a winner all the way for happy spectators. Should be some replay.

Scorers for Ballingeary: A. Concannon 1-5 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45), P. Buckley 1-0, L. O’Connor, L. Shorten (frees) 0-2 each, C. Twomey, E. Quill, P. Concannon 0-1 each.

Kiskeam: N. Cronin 1-5 (0-2 frees), D. Herlihy 0-3, D. Fitzgerald, B. Dennehy 0-2 each, M. Herlihy, S. Linehan, C. Noonan 0-1 each.

Clyda Rovers and Ballinora will have to battle again after drawing 0-13 to 1-10 at Donoughmore. The first half belonged almost completely to the Mourneabbey club, while Ballinora’s massive recovery operation ensured they owned the second.

Clyda may regret not capitalising on their early dominance and maybe there was a touch of complacency given the ease with which they broke up their opponents’ play.

Scorers for Clyda Rovers: D O’Shea 0-4 (0-2f), J Murphy 0-3 (0-3f), F O’Shea 0-2, D O’Mullane, D Cahill, P Kissane, J Walsh 0-1 each.

Ballinora: C Brosnan 0-5 (0-3 f), G O’Halloran 1-1, M Murphy 0-2, E Lougheed, B Aherne (0-1f) 0-1 each.