For first cousins Hope and Christopher Hickey it was a particularly good day, as they played starring roles for in their respective schools’ victories.
THE Glanmire girls made the early running in the Girls C3 Final but failed to register a score against a very strong Kilbrittain defence in which Mairead O’Callaghan was impressive. The west Cork girls weathered the Glanmire storm and with Hope Hickey giving them a grip at midfield, the scores began to flow.
Hope landed two points and Karina Twohig a goal and Glanmire look in trouble. However they rallied well coming up to the break and were given hope when Laura Barry drove home a goal to live three points between the teams at the short whistle.
Glanmire continued to come forward on the change over and after Kilbrittain ‘keeper Lisa Moloney saved brilliantly from Laura Barry, Jacklyn Cronin was on hand to kick the ball to the net to tie the game for the first time.
It was all to play at this juncture and a Laura Barry point looked to have given the Glanmire girls the spoils, but Hope Hickey sent the game into extra time when she landed the equalising point after a great solo run.
In the first period of extra time Hope gave her school the lead with a point which they held until after the break. She added another just after the restart but they were forced to defend as Glanmire came storming back but could only manage a late point as Kilbrittain hung on for the first leg of the double.
: Kilbrittain: H. Hickey 0-5; K. Twomey 1-0; E. Lynch 0-1. Upper Glanmire: L. Barry 1-1; J. Cronin 1-0; R. Crowley 0-1.
: L. Moloney, D. O’Mahony, M. Coughlan, G. O’Brien, G. Butler, H. Hickey, K. Twohig, E. Lynch, S. Moloney, E. Kearney, M. O’Donovan.
: M. Kelleher, J. Ramsey, E. Barry, B. O’Mahony, A. McElhinney, R. Crowley, L. Barry, L. Cahill, J. Cronin, O. O’Sullivan.
: D. Nolan (Douglas NS).
Kilbrittain NS5-1Ballinora NS2-3IN the Boys H7 Final it fell to Kilbrittain to make it a double and they were quickly into their stride when Christopher Hickey drove a long range free all the way to the Ballinora net.
The Muskerry school hit back strongly through Kevin Murphy and Alan O’Shea but poor finishing cost them scores before Cormac Field drove home a goal from a 30-metre free to get back into the game.
The hurling was tough in the intense heat as Ballinora cluNG to a two point lead after Brendan Houlihan and Cormac Field pointed but they were rocked by a second Kilbrittain goal when Brian Galvin netted; his side led 2-0 to 1-2 at the break.
There was no let-up in the second half but a truly wonder goal by Olan Kerrigan when he doubled on the ball gave Ballinora the lead. It was short-lived however as a physically stronger Kilbrittain side struck for three goals, two by Colm Moore and a marvellous effort by Declan Harrington, to run out deserving winners.
: Kilbrittain: C. Moore 2-0; C. Hickey 1-1; B. Galvin, D. Harrington 1-0 each. Ballinora: C. Field 1-1; O. Kerrigan 1-0; B. Houlihan 0-2.
: J. Hurley; J. Crowley, E. Lyons, O. O’Riordan, N. O’Donovan, C. Kelly; C. Hickey, C. Moore, S. Crowley, D. Harrington, K. O’Neill, B. Galvin, N. Crowley.
: T. O’Sullivan; T. Healy, B. O’Sullivan, R. McCarthy, J. Murphy, K. Murphy, C. Field, J. O’Callaghan, A. O’Shea, B. Houlihan, O. Kerrigan, J. Forde, A. O’Brien.
: M. Harrington (Crosshaven NS).
THERE was nothing between these two sides in the Boys H5 Final. Well goalkeeper Ian Hutchinson made a number of excellent saves to keep his side in the game as the Mahon school, led by impressive captain Kevin O’Keeffe, threatened to run riot.
The pressure eventually told when Mark McGrath found the net, but the Well battle back strongly and at the break the Mahon school lead 1-2 to 0-3. The second-half developed into a tremendous contest and a Sean Mulcahy goal gave the Well the lead, but Mahon were back for an equalising point by O’Keeffe as the game throbbed with excitement.
The Well were hurling superbly with Christopher O’Connor outstanding and a Graham Long goal gave them the lead they never lost. Kevin O’Keeffe gave his side some hope with a point, but it was fitting that Sean Mulcahy should have the final say with his second goal just on full time.
: Sunday’s Well: S. Mulcahy 2-0; G. Long 1-0; R. O’Connor 0-2; C. Long, C. O’Connor, S. Rodgers 0-1 each. Mahon: K. O’Keeffe 0-6; M. McGrath 1-0.
: I. Hutchinson; C. O’Connor, R. O’Neill, L. Sheffron, S. Rodgers, D. Collins, R. O’Connor, C. Long, L. Payton, D. Olden, G. Long, S. Mulcahy, G. Dunlea.
: S. Crowley; D. O’Connor, D. Keenan, C. Papazian, E. Grimes, D. Dineen, N. Adams, R. Kenny, S. Irwin, K. O’Keeffe, P. Lawlor, M. McGrath, S. O’Sullivan.
: D. Nolan (Douglas NS).
IT wasn’t a great day for Ballinora. With the boys already beaten it was left to the girls to salvage some pride in the Girls C4 Final, but they ran up against a good Millstreet side and there was never any doubt about the outcome.
The powerful running of Anna-Jean Reilly at midfield for the Duhallow girls put enormous pressure on the Ballinora defence, which was breached three times - by Aideen Buckley, Maureen Murphy and Maura Buckley - and they were full value for their three-goal half-time lead.
Ballinora tried hard to get on the scoreboard in the second half and none worked harder than Jennifer Murphy and Ciara O’Riordan but the Millstreet defence, where Alanna Barry was very good, was very good. Millstreet added two further goals and a brace of points by Laura Daly to run out the easiest of winners.
: Millstreet: M. Murphy 2-1; A. Buckley 2-0; M. Buckley 1-0; L. Daly 0-2.
: K. Murphy, A. Barry, L. Dennehy, E. Costelloe, O. Kiely, K. Sheahan, AJ Reilly, M. Murphy, L. Daly, A. Buckley, M. Buckley.
: K. Horgan; MC O’Donovan, E. Murphy, F. McGrath, N. McCarthy, C. O’Riordan, AM Cahill, F. Fenton, R. Twohig, J. Murphy, A. O’Leary, C. Poland, A. Hughes.
: M. Harrington (Crosshaven NS).