Cork Church of Ireland 4 Bandon 1
Patience proved to be a virtue for Cork Church of Ireland as they retained the Peard Cup with a controlled performance against Bandon at Garryduff yesterday.
Having gone behind to a shock Bandon goal, scored by Mark Deane early in the second-half, John Jermyn’s penalty corner double instigated the recovery and some slick strikes from David Hobbs and Andrew Daunt finished things off.
The Rochestown side held the majority of possession in a sleepy first-half against a Bandon team happy to sit deep and soak up the pressure. Denis Pritchard set his side up to frustrate and then hope to take advantage of Clinton Sweetnam’s aerial passes and Ali Smith’s pace, while backing Ian Hosford — who was inspirational between the posts for Bandon — to keep it tight at the back.
C of I forced three first-half short corners but their routines lacked variation, with Jermyn seeing three drag-flicks blocked down or batted away.
Bandon won their first set-piece early in the second-half when David Jennings — who had also engineered their best first-half opening — was cleaned out. Despite an off-target injection, stopper Mark Deane improvised a scoop at goal which crept into the bottom corner.
The turning point for C of I came from their sixth penalty corner, with Jermyn eventually finding his range and flinging a drag-flick into the top corner. Bandon had lost Sean Nyhan at that stage to a nasty head injury — picked up during some brave set-piece defence — and with their defensive shape affected, C of I started to turn the screw.
Hosford made a pair of ridiculous double saves to keep C of I’s forwards out but from their eighth corner, Jermyn’s drag was saved but the clearance came straight back to him and Ireland’s top goalscorer of all time clattered it home.
Philip Brownlow missed at the back post when well-placed to score having been teed up by Stephen Sweetnam, but it mattered little as Sweetnam then crossed for a diving David Hobbs to tip in a fine volley under pressure.
Hobbs then found Brownlow on the baseline and although his initial pull-back was missed by everybody, Andrew Daunt was rushing into the circle from midfield and he slammed the loose ball to the net.
CORK C OF I: B Lynch (GK); A Gray, R Sweetnam, R Lynch, P Smith; J Jermyn, A Daunt, A Moffett; S Wolfe, P Brownlow, A Burns.
Rolling subs: D Hobbs, S Sweetnam, P Sweetnam, D Lynch.
BANDON: I Hosford (GK); C Sweetnam, S Nyhan, M Deane, C Kingston; B Keoghan-O’Keeffe, D Smith, A Smith; R Smith, I Sweetnam, D Jennings.
Rolling subs: A Beamish, L Kingston, M Jennings.
Umpires: A Treacy & M Coombes.