Delanys push Rockies all the way as Midleton beat Glen after bad start

THEY may be out of the permanent tsb Cork County SHC, losing 2-16 to 3-8, but new kids on the block, Delanys, came of age at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday, giving champions Blackrock a searching test.

Just a few months ago, in the same competition, Delanys were on the receiving end of a sound trashing from the champions. But, showing skill and hard graft in abundance, they pushed the Rockies all the way in this third round contest and the Cork kingpins knew they had been in a match when Denis O’Flynn’s final whistle sounded.

In the final analysis Adrian Coughlan’s lucky 47th minute goal was to prove the turning point, the ball shooting past Delanys goalkeeper Vincent O’Brien from long range.

Scorers for Blackrock: A. Coughlan 1-7 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ’65), B. O’Keeffe 1-3, P. Tierney, D. Gosnell 0-2 each, B. Hennebry, D. Cashman 0-1 each.

Delanys: M. McIlhenney 2-0, G. Healy 1-2, J. Egan 0-3 (0-2 frees), K. Egan 0-2 (0-1 free), K. Foley 0-1.

Since last lifting the Cup in 1991 Midleton have experienced more than their fair share of trials and tribulations. However, they took a big step forward at Páirc Uí Caoimh yesterday when they fashioned a two points victory, 0-16 to 1-11, over Glen Rovers.

Recovering from a potentially disastrous start Midleton displayed tremendous resolve in putting the Glen out. Defeat was a cruel blow and a major setback for the Glen whose cause was not helped by the fact that they full-forward Richie Kelleher sent off with 10 minutes remaining.

Scorers: Midleton: J. Moynihan 1-1; L. Walsh 0-8 (0-6 from frees); M. O'Connell 0-2; S. Corcoran and P. Walsh (free) 0-1 each.

Glen Rovers: K. O'Callaghan 0-6 (0-2 from frees); R. Kelleher 0-2; D. Dorris, D. Busteed, D. Cronin, S. McGrath, J. Anderson (free), and S. Kennefick (free) 0-1 each.

In the Cork County SFC a magnificent goal from full-back Paddy Nealon two minutes from time earned O’Donovan Rossa a deserved 1-8 apiece draw with Aghada in this highly entertaining permanent tsb clash at Brinny yesterday.

Nealon was switched to midfield looking to break the dominance of the Aghada pair, Aidan Kelleher and Pierce O’Neill, and he certainly did that as Rossas, three points adrift, pinned the East Cork side in their own half for the remaining 10 minutes looking for an equaliser.

Scorers: Aghada: E. O’Neill 1-1; J. O’Connell 0-2 (0-1 free); T. O’Keeffe, D. Creedon, G. Melvin (free), B. Morrissey 0-1 each.

Rossas: P. Nealon 1-0; N. McCarthy 0-2; R. Long, C. Keohane, J. Werner (free), B. Casey, C. McCarthy 0-1 each.

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