Browne back on song for Blackrock

BLACROCK sent a message last night to the other remaining clubs in the Evening Echo SHC when they beat CIT 2-18 to 2-14.

Not only did the Rockies advance, former Cork captain Alan Browne has rediscovered his scoring form.

Browne’s first touch and accuracy was a feature of this clash, and the powerful full-forward ended the evening with 1-7 to his credit.

Owen O’Sullivan, Michael Prout and Brendan Lombard tried hard for the students, and with five minutes to go they levelled thanks to a fine goal from Joe Dixon.

However, when Liam Meaney got Blackrock’s second goal within sixty seconds the game was up. Cork and Rockies fans alike will be hoping that the injury which removed Wayne Sherlock from the fray is not too serious.

Title holders Na Piarsaigh had too much for St Catherines in last Saturday’s Evening Echo SHC tie, winning 1-14 to 0-7 at Midleton.

The city club relied on the two O’Sullivans, Stephen J and Stephen G for most of their scores, and had six points on the board in the first half before their east Cork opponents managed their first point.

However, inspired by star full-back Mike Fitzgerald, St Catherines rallied well in the second half, landing four points and forcing a great save from Mark O’Sullivan. Na Piarsaigh always had something in reserve, however, and in injury time the evergreen Sean Guiheen put in Stephen G O’Sullivan for a goal to seal the contest.

Other contenders for top honours were in action on Saturday night also, with former All-Ireland club champions Newtownshandrum forced to battle all the way by Bride Rovers at Fermoy.

As so often in the past, it was Ben and Jerry O’Connor, who got the north Cork outfit out of trouble. The game seemed settled with ten minutes left on the clock, as Newtown stretched their lead to five points.

However, at that point Bride Rovers threw caution the wind, moving their Cork player Brian Murphy into attack. The men from east Cork started scoring and landed six points to Newtown’s one, and with the referee playing seven additional minutes, a shock looked on.

Newtown rallied under the leadership of their own Cork stars, with Pat Mulcahy very impressive at centre-back, while Ben and Jerry O’Connor got the injury-time points that set up an Erins Own-Newtown clash at the end of the month.

UCC had a stroll in the park against Douglas last Saturday night in the senior hurling championship, winning 3-18 to 0-7. Douglas found themselves 0-8 to 0-1 down after ten minutes and they never really recovered.

With intercounty stars like Tommy Walsh of Kilkenny and Tom Kenny of Cork starring for UCC, the students were not in charitable mood. Douglas rallied somewhat in the second half, but goals from Tommy Walsh, Bill Beckett and Dan O’Connell put an end to their championship hopes for this season.

Killavullen edged out Mayfield at Carrignavar on Saturday night to earn themselves an Evening Echo IFC semi-final berth. The north Cork side’s 2-11 to 1-10 victory was hard-earned, with star forward Donal Relihan ruled out through injury, but the mantle was taken up by the likes of James O’Mahony and Alan O’Driscoll.

Mayfield’s shooting let them down, even though they popped over three points in the first four minutes, while Killavullen’s scores in first half injury time gave them the confidence to push on in the second half.

They kept the Mayfield attack at bay after the break, though Dave Crowley’s late goal gave the city outfit some consolation.

In the Evening Echo IHC Argideen Rangers had five points to spare over Kanturk, winning 0-16 to 0-11 at Coachford last night.

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