Newmarket make their point as Vincent’s shock Cill na Martra

CORK’s Intermediate Football Championship crackled into life at the weekend as North Cork outfit Newmarket overcame Castletownbere in a battle of two title hopefuls at Inchigeela.

The Duhallow side’s brand of possession football certainly came up trumps last night. and they had no compunction about shooting on sight, racking up a 0-18 against Castletownbere’s 2-5. Although Alan O’Regan was dangerous for the losers, scoring 2-2, Newmarket always looked likely to benefit from their ability to score from a variety of angles and distances, and they duly did. Eighteen scores will give them a lot of heart for their next encounter.

Scorers: Newmarket: S.F. O’Connor (0-6, 0-1 free, 0-1 s/line), T. O’Keeffe (0-5), B. O’Leary (0-3), M. Feehan (0-2), T. Murphy, B. Daly (0-1). Castletownbere: A. O’Regan (2-2, 1-0 penalty), A. O’Sullivan (0-2), S. O’Regan (0-1 free).

GLENVILLE were good value for their three-point win over Carrigaline in the IFC at Caherlag on Saturday.

Scores were scarce, as a final scoreline of 0-10 to 0-7 would suggest, but many of those scores were high quality, Glenville’s star was Richie Cahill, who grabbed all but one of his side’s total with as good a display of free-taking as one is likely to see at this level, or even the next grade up.

Cork senior star Nicholas Murphy handled a lot of ball in the final quarter as Carrigaline tried to reel in their opponents, but frequently there wasn’t enough movement from his forwards and the attacks broke down. Glenville will now look forward to their next outing with justifiable confidence.

Scorers: Glenville: R. Cahill 0-9 (0-7 frees), J. Halbert 0-1. Carrigaline: B. O’Keeffe 0-4 (0-2 frees), K. O’ Keeffe 0-3.

ST VINCENT’S caused the upset of the Cork IFC first round against fancied Cill na Martra at Carrigadrohid on Saturday. The Gaeltacht side have been widely tipped for this year’s championship but were outclassed by a resurgent city outfit, with the final score of 1-9 to 0-9 hardly doing justice to their efforts.

Vincent’s were up for the game, as seen by the fact that their goalkeeper Paddy O’Shea came up the field to point a 45 in the second minute. Cork senior Noel O’Leary had his hands full at midfield, while Cork minor Anthony Fenton impressed hugely for St Vincents, chipping in with two points.

The crucial goal was scored by Derek O’Connor before half-time, when he pounced on a loose ball in the Cill na Martra square, and that goal was to prove the difference between the sides at the final whistle.

Scorers: St Vincent’s: D O’Connor 1-2, J Buckley 0-3 (0-1 free), A Fenton 0-2, P O’Shea 0-1 (45), J P Murphy 0-1. Cill Na Martra: R O’hUidhir 0-5 (0-2 free, 45), D O’ Buachala, C O’Mochain, M O’Conchuir, C MacSuibhne 0-1 each.

KISKEAM proved the old adage about goals winning championship games in this clash with gritty Aghabullogue at Millstreet on Saturday.

Kiskeam’s final tally of 3-7 to Aghabullogue’s 1-9, shows the Duhallow men were able to raise the green flag when needed, and they enjoyed a purple patch in the last 10 minutes of the first half. In that period they got the two goals that turned the contest and though Aghabullogue, last year’s county junior champions, tried hard, they couldn’t quite close the gap.

Kiskeam appeared a little ring-rusty at times but they did enough to deserve victory. Aghabullogue proved last year that they have fighting spirit aplenty, and on Saturday night’s evidence they’ll trouble other sides in the championship.

Scorers: Kiskeam: N Cronin 1-3 (0-2 frees), P O’Leary and J Angland 1-0 each, B Dennehy and T Dennehy 0-2 each. Aghabullogue: J Kelleher 0-5 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘45), P Kelleher 1-1, D O’Leary 0-2 (0-1 free), E Twomey 0-1.

JOHN Gould’s late late point for Macroom against Delanys sent the Macrumpians into the third round of the IFC after this tight game in Ovens on Saturday. The game ended 1-9 to 1-8, but by far the most exciting period came in a flurry of scores in the final few minutes.

Macroom looked to have matters in hand early on, particularly when teenage star Fintan Gould shot a first half goal. However, the city club stayed in touch, largely through Padraig O’Connell’s free-taking and Darren Dineen levelled the issue in the 59th minute with a dramatic goal. With a draw looking likely, up popped Gould with that majestic late point to give the Muskerry side a victory they just about deserved.

That the game sometimes resembled a league game won’t bother Macroom who, under player-coach Noel Twomey, have a good balance of youth and experience in their team.

Scorers: Macroom: F Gould 1-1 (0-1 free); N Twomey 0-4 (0-3 frees); G McPolin and J Gould 0-2 each. Delany’s: P O’Connell 0-4 (0-3 frees); D Dineen 1-0; K Foley 0-2; M O’Driscoll (free) and G Quinlan 0-1 each.

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