Defending champions Newtownshandrum hit five goals to see off Delanys 5-10 to 0-13 at Castletownroche.
The city side showed plenty of spirit in a game that was always keenly contested, but their inability to put the ball in the net, or indeed to create any worthwhile goal chance, was the principal difference between the teams.
Newtown would agree that over the 60 odd minutes, they certainly weren’t four goals a better side.
Indeed they played second fiddle to the city side for most of the first-half and were flattered by their 2-5 to 0-7 half-time lead.
However, their ability to score goals at crucial stages was vital and while Delanys can take a lot of credit for their efforts, it’s Newtown who move on to a third round meeting with Erin’s Own. A repeat of the 2000 final.
: Newtown: JP King 2-1; B. O’Connor 0-5 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65); J. Bowles, John O’Connor 1-1 each; P. Morrissey 1-0 (penalty); G. O’Connor 0-2. Delanys: K. Egan 0-4 (0-2 frees); J. Egan, B. Egan (0-1 free, 0-1 65) 0-3 each; P. Finnegan, J. Cooney, L. Lynch 0-1 each.
: P. Morrissey; J. McCarthy, B. Mulcahy, G. O’Mahony; I. Kelleher, D. Mulcahy, P. Noonan; G. O’Connor, D. Gleeson; D. Naughton, B. O’Connor, JP King; J. Bowles, AG O’Brien, AT O’Brien. Subs. John O’Connor for McCarthy; J. O’Mahony for Kelleher.
M. Coleman; K. O’Sullivan, J. O’Driscoll, D. Collins; R. Foley, P. Finnegan, J. Cooney; K. Egan, K. Foley; D. McElhinney, M. O’Driscoll, L. Lynch; J. Egan, M. McElhinney, B. Egan. Subs. P. O’Connell for Cooney; G. Healy for M. O’Driscoll. Referee: R. Murphy (Lyre).
NO easy ride for Blackrock at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday in their 1-19 to 2-8 victory, Douglas again showing the strides they have made in senior hurling with a gutsy performance that kept the 32 times champions really busy for most of a lively game.
But, let there be no doubt about it, the best team won this contest. A terrific start and an even better finish provided the platform.
The sides were level at the break, 0-11 to 2-5.
Blackrock lost their way somewhat in between, but an outstanding half back line display in the second-half, with Fergal Ryan sublime, provided the launch pad for their triumph.
And when target man Alan Browne fired home a 55th minute goal the ever weakening Douglas challenge was over.
: Blackrock: A. Browne 1-5 (0-1 free), A, Coughlan 0-4 (0-2 65’s, 0-1 free), B. Hennebrey 0-3, C. O’Reilly, B. O’Keeffe 0-2 each, F. Ryan, P. McGrath, J. Young 0-1 each. Douglas: G. Wade 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-3 frees), G. McLoughlin 1-2, B. Boyle 0-2, T. O’Donovan (free), M. O’Callaghan 0-1 each.
: T. Barry; W. Sherlock, S. O’Keeffe, J. Browne; A. Ryan, P. Tierney, F. Ryan; A. Coughlan, J. Young; P. McGrath, L. Meaney, B. Hennebrey; B. O’Keeffe, A. Browne, D. Cashman. Sub; C. O’Reilly for Cashman.
: T. O’Donovan; D. McSweeney, R. Wade, F. Tobin; B. Horgan, C. Dineen, R. Harris; G. Wade, P. Barry; G. McLoughlin, R. Gunn, C. O’Mahony; J. Moylan, B. Boyle, M. O’Callaghan. Subs: S. Moylan for O’Mahony, P. Tobin for F. Tobin; D. Starr for Boyle.
: K. Healy (Ballymartle).
THE heroics of second-half substitute Robert Ryan enabled Muskerry to overcome the strong Avondhu challenge 2-12 to 1-12 at Millstreet.
With the sides level for the eighth time, Ryan pounced to score 1-1 in the space of a minute to tilt the delicately balanced scales in the Mid-Cork side’s favour.
Apart from Ryan’s match-winning exploits, midfielder Finbarr Kelly also influenced Muskerry’s progression to a third round meeting with Blackrock.
With unerring accuracy from long-range frees, Kelly scored seven points to keep his side in contention all through against an Avondhu team that failed to recapture the flair that swamped Seandun.
And to compound Avondhu’s misery Cork senior Jonathon O’Callaghan was forced off with a hand injury.
: Muskerry: R. Ryan 1-1; M. O’Sullivan 1-0; F. Kelly 0-7 (0-6 from frees); J. Malone 0-2; J. O’Riordan and E. Twomey 0-1 each. Avondhu: S. Killeen 1-1; P. Dineen 0-4 (0-2 from frees; 0-1 from 65); M. Allen 0-3; J. Callaghan 0-2 (0-1 from free); T. O’Riordan and P. J. Copse 0-1 each.
: B. Kelly (Ballincollig); J. Carey (Inniscarra), G. Burke (do), M. Hodge (Ballinora); J. Hughes (Blarney), N. Buckley (Aghabullogue), P. Kelleher (do); F. Kelly (Ballincollig), J. O’Riordan (Cloughduv); F. Sheehan (Eire Og), E. Twomey (Aghabullogue), J. Hurley (Blarney); M. O’Sullivan (Inniscarra), T. O’Mahony (Cloughduv), G. O’Donovan (Blarney). Substitutes. J. Malone (Eire Og) for Hurley; R. Ryan (Ballincollig) for O’Donovan; M. Hurley (Ballinora) for Sheehan.
: M. Morrissey (Milford); D. Lynch (Ballygiblin), L. Hayes (Dromina), E. Morrissey (Ballyhea); P. Burke (Ballyhooly), A. O’Connor (Charleville), D. Nolan (Castletownroche); T. Healy (Buttevant), P. J. Copse (Charleville); J. O’Callaghan (Castletownroche), A. O’Brien (Kildorrery), T. O’Riordan (Mallow); P. Dineen (do), S. Killeen (Fermoy), M. Allen (Ballygiblin). Substitutes. T. Grumbridge (Fermoy) for O’Connor (injured); M. Burke (Shanballymore) for O’Brien; P. Byrne (Fermoy) for O’Callaghan (injured).
: G. Harrington (Carrigaline).