Ballymartle 5-17 Douglas 4-18 (aet)
There was late drama in Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday with a helter-skelter exchange of three goals late in normal time sending Ballymartle and Douglas to extra-time in their Cork SHC quarter-final.
Ballymartle eventually came through after the two sides swapped nine goals in 80-odd minutes.
Douglas streaked out to a four-point lead in the first seven minutes. The energetic Alan Cadogan (two), Stephen Moylan and a Mark O’Connor free helped them push ahead of Ballymartle, who were slow to get going.
The Riverstick side didn’t come alive until Ruairi Dwyer, clean though on nine minutes, was floored by Douglas keeper Tom Delaney: penalty.
Cork sub goalkeeper Darren McCarthy took a leaf from Anthony Nash’s book — though he didn’t throw the ball quite as far forward as the Kanturk man — and goaled to make it 0-4 to 1-0 on 10 minutes.
Douglas then hit three wides on the trot before Brian Corry, menacing at full-forward for Ballymartle, tied it up with a ball adjudged over the bar before Delaney got his hurley to it. Douglas were on top but weren’t making it show on the scoreboard, and when Corry played a crossfield ball to Ruairi Dwyer, he placed Killian McCarthy with a clever flick, and the corner-forward got Ballymartle’s second goal: 2-2 to 0-5 on 17 minutes.
The Riverstick side then tacked on three more points over the next five minutes to ease them further ahead, and one of those might have been a goal, only for a smart Delaney save.
The Douglas keeper then rescued his side again when one-on-one with Killian McCarthy, though Ballymartle again came away with a point from that attack, and with 25 minutes gone it was 2-7 to 0-5.
Douglas duly hit their first score since the 10th minute with a brace of Mark O’Connor frees, and then Alan Cadogan notched the score of the game just before half-time, picking up superbly and slaloming past two opponents before batting to the net from close range. That score meant the sides went in for the break with Ballymartle just three ahead, 2-7 to 1-7.
Corry nudged Ballymartle further ahead on the resumption with a neat point, and then they went five points clear with a Barry Dwyer free.
Douglas rallied: points from Aaron Ward and O’Connor (two frees) meant it was a two-point game on 42 minutes, but Ballymartle responded emphatically. A string of neat hand-passes freed Jamie Dwyer on the edge of the Douglas square and he buried a goal. They added a Barry Dwyer point from the puck-out, making it 3-10 to 1-10 on 45 minutes, and when Barry Dwyer added another point a minute later, Douglas had a mountain to climb.
They didn’t die though. Mark O’Connor hit another free, and then Alan Cadogan hit three points on the trot and sub Conor O’Brien chipped in: 1-14 to 3-11 with less than 10 left.
We then had that late flurry of scores. A good Darren McCarthy goal and Barry Dwyer point seemed to have secured Ballymartle’s victory, but Mark Collins goaled for Douglas, and with the game in injury-time, Odhran Mulrooney’s first-time pull went all the way to the net to provide extra time.
In among that goal-fest Brian Corry got a second yellow and was sent off for Ballymartle, but his teammates didn’t ease off in the additional period. Two Mark Harrington points for Douglas were answered by four for Ballymartle — a Barry Dwyer 65 and points by Keith Fitzpatrick, Darren McCarthy and Rickard Cahalane. That put them two up, 4-16 to 3-17 halfway through extra time.
They kicked on too. Sub Keith Fitzpatrick danced through the Douglas rearguard in the second period of extra-time for a fifth Ballymartle goal, and when Mark Harrington got a straight red, the game was over as a contest.Late on Stephen Moylan buried a free in the Ballymartle net, but the game ended on the puck-out. Finally.
Ballymartle must wait for the winners of the Killeagh v Sars quarter-final to emerge before they’ll know their semi-final opponents.
Scorers for Douglas: A Cadogan (1-5), S Moylan (1-1, 1-0f), M O’Connor (0-6fs), M Collins, O Mulrooney (1-0 each), M Harrington 0-3 (2fs), C O’Brien, C O’Mahoney, A Ward 0-1 each.
Scorers for Ballymartle: D McCarthy (2-2), J Dwyer (1-2), K Fitzpatrick, K McCarthy (1-1 each), B Dwyer (0-5, 2fs, 1 65), D Dwyer, B Corry (0-2 each), R Cahalane, D O’Leary (0-1 each).
DOUGLAS: T Delaney; F Tobin, D MacSweeney, J Collins; M McGrath, E Cadogan, C Lucey (c); M Harrington, C O’Mahoney; A Ward, O Mulrooney, M Collins; S Moylan, M O’Connor, A Cadogan.
Subs: P Clarke for McSweeney (40), P Fitzgerald for McGrath (44), C O’Brien for M O’Connor (55), S Collins for O’Mahony (71), P Shine for Mulrooney (74).
BALLYMARTLE: Declan McCarthy (c); D Edmonds, M Tobin, J Kelly; S Corry, P Dwyer, C Coleman; Darren McCarthy, R Cahalane; J Dwyer, B Corry, B Dwyer; D Dwyer, R Dwyer, K McCarthy.
Subs: K Fitzpatrick for K McCarthy (46), Declan Dwyer for M Tobin (71), D O’Leary for B Dwyer (74).
Referee: C McAllister (Aghada).