After several of their more experienced players opted out, the Blues mentors were forced to introduce a couple of newcomers and were on a hiding to nothing against their more experienced West Cork rivals.
Their problems were further compounded when they lost full-back Kevin Harrington through injury after seven minutes. They moved Graham Canty from centre to full-back where he played a blinder and with inter- county colleague Philip Clifford sparkling at full forward, the Blues held off a late Clon rally.
Clonakilty will be disappointed at this setback. After a shaky start, they went on to lead 0-5 to 0-3 at half time but given the strength of the wind they had to their backs, it was never going to be enough. Clon now play the losers of the CIT/Newcestown game in round two.
: Bantry: D. Barron 0-5 (0-4 frees); P. Clifford 0-4 (0-3 frees); J. Canty, R. Lynch, D. McGrath 0-1 each. Clonakilty: C. O’Donovan 0-4 (0-3 frees); B. Walsh 0-2 (frees); Tim Anglin, C. Callanan, J. Crowley, P. Griffin 0-1 each.
A WINNING start for favourites Nemo Rangers in Cobh on Saturday, late, late goals from James Masters and Alan Cronin putting a more flattering 3-12 to 1-7 look on the scoreboard against an Aghada side that showed dogged resilience in the closing 20 minutes.
With both sides already through to the third round, the game lacked real championship fervour and with Nemo leading 1-12 to 0-4 entering the final quarter, it looked just a matter of how much they would chalk up.
But Aghada are dangerous predators and seemingly resting on their oars after excellent wing forward Sean O’Brien’s 40th minute goal, Nemo let Aghada back into the match.
: Nemo: J. Masters 1-8 (1-0 pen, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘45), S. O’Brien 1-2, A. Cronin 1-0, W. Morgan, G. Murphy 0-1 each. Aghada: B. O’Flaherty 1-0 (pen), E. O’Neill 0-3 (0-2 frees), T. O’Neill, S. O’Keeffe, J. Wall, P. O’Neill 0-1 each.
THE first round game at Páirc Ui Rinn did little to brighten a dull evening, with Naomh Abán eventually smothering Youghal 0-10 to 0-4.
Naomh Abán dictated matters for most of the first half, with Cork senior stars Micheal Ó Croinin and Anthony Lynch pivotal to their efforts. With Lynch driving his side on from centre-back and Ó Croinin superb in the middle of the field, Youghal found it hard to get out of their own half for the opening ten minutes.
However, the Gaeltacht men racked up eight wides and scored only three points into the breeze in the first-half.
Youghal could only manage one more point in the second half. With one score from play in this game, they won’t face the losers of the Castlehaven-Na Piarsaigh game with much optimism.
: Naomh Abán: M O Croinin 0-5 (0-1 45, 0-1 f), D O’Sullivan 0-2, G Óg Ó Loinsigh 0-2, D. Cronin 0-1. Youghal: P. Moylan 0-2 (0-1 f), B McCarthy (0-1, 45).
BALLINCOLLIG can reflect on a fine 2-11 to 1-10 win, but Clyda Rovers will wonder what happened them in a dire first-half at Donoughmore on Saturday.
Renowned for their battling qualities they were completely at sea in the opening period, and trailed to wind-assisted Ballincollig by 11 points (1-9 to 0-1) after 25 minutes.
But Tadgh O’Mullane goaled to give Clyda a much-needed lifeline deep in injury time and at the interval it was 1-10 to 1-3.
Clyda battled hard after the break to no avail and must now conquer the losers of the UCC and Doheny’s clash to maintain an interest in the championship.
: Ballincollig: M Greene 1-3 (0-1 f), J Kiely 1-2 (0-2f), R Ryan and J Miskella 0-2 each, O Ó Crualaoich and L O’Toole 0-1 each. Clyda Rovers: P Kissane 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 45m), T Mullane 1-0, C O’Sullivan 0-2, N Mullane, D O’Shea (free), M O’Brien and O O’Hanlon 0-1 each.
DUAL star Carthach Keane, who won All-Ireland Vocational Schools titles in both hurling and football with St. Brogans, Bandon last year and also represented Cork in both codes at minor level, produced another match winning performance at Ballygarvan last night when helping Newcestown to a 0-11 to 0-7 victory over favourites CIT.
Those who might have felt Newcestown were conserving their energies for the hurling championship got something of a surprise as they took the game to fancied CIT right from the start and they could have had it all wrapped up by half time were it not for the fact that they had kicked no fewer than 10 wides.
: Newcestown: C. Keane 0-5 (0-2 frees), T. Ryan 0-2 (frees), and J. O’Sullivan, M. Kelly and Hugh Curran (free) 0-1 each. CIT: D. Goulding 0-3 frees, B. Sheehan 0-2 (0-1 free), V. Hurley and C. O’Connor 0-1 each.