Maybe it was the fear of a relegation dogfight that drove the players on. Maybe it was just the brilliant hurling conditions that brought out the best in two committed sides. Maybe, but there can only be one winner and it’s St Catherine’s who go into the championship draw in a few weeks’ time, leaving Killeagh battling relegation with Castlelyons.
Killeagh came agonisingly close — two gilt-edged missed goal chances going a begging — but for guts and determination alone St Catherine’s deserved their victory.
Not even a nine-point tally from Joe Deane could save Killeagh.
: St. Catherine’s: S. Cotter 0-7 (0-5 frees), K. Morrison, S. Kearney 0-3 each, R. O’Connell 0-2, P. Cotter, N. O’Brien 0-1 each. Killeagh: J. Deane 0-9 (0-5 frees, 0-2 65s), Brendan Barry 0-3, Brian Barry, M. Landers (free), P. McGrath, J. O’Connor 0-1 each.
CASTLELYONS had no answer as Douglas powered their way into the third round with a 0-16 to 2-3 win at Caherlag last night.
In one of the most undistinguished games in the competition to date, Douglas capitalised to the full on Castlelyons’ inadequacies and chalked up a resounding seven-point win.
For Douglas, Eoin Cadogan was outstanding at centre-back, Gary McLoughlin and Gary Wade worked their socks off and Stephen Moylan also sparkled.
: Douglas: S Moylan 0-6 (0-3 frees); G Wade 0-6 (0-2 frees, 0-2 65s); M Harrington 0-2; B Fitzgerald, C Dineen 0-1 each. Castlelyons: E Fitzgerald 2-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1 65); T McCarthy 0-2 (0-1 free).
TWO late points from substitute Brian Morrissey and Jason Barrett clinched a 2-18 to 3-12 victory for Imokilly in a rip-roaring SHC first round clash with Muskerry at Riverstick.
The sides were level eight times before Imokilly saw off a Muskerry side who were reduced to 14 men following the dismissal of centre-forward Ger Burke in the 52nd minute.
Imokilly hit 13 wides in the first half and Muskerry side, with wing forward John Hurley accurate from frees, made the early running despite losing full-back Pat O’Riordan and right corner back Barry Moylan in the first quarter through injury.
Imokilly led 1-4 to 0-7 at the break and benefited from the switch of Niall McCarthy from centre-back to centre-forward.
: Imokilly: P. O’Neill 2-1, T. O’Keeffe 0-7 (0-5 from frees, 0-2 from 65s); J. Barrett 0-5, N. McCarthy 0-2, E. O’Loughlin, S. O’Callaghan and B. Morrissey 0-1 each. Muskerry: J. Hurley 1-5 (1-5 from frees), T. O’Mahony 1-1, R. Byrne 1-0 (1-0 from free), J. O’Driscoll 0-2, J. Russell, M. McCarthy, G. Burke and K. Walsh 0-1 each.
IN the Cork IHC, 15-year-old Ciarán Sheehan engraved his sporting credentials at Ballygarvan. The Éire Óg wing forward not only accounted for half of their tally against Blackrock but also took over the placed ball duties in the 3-9 to 0-18 draw.
The real test came with a free near the corner flag, but he coolly equalised with the last puck of the game.
The Rockies’ first goal came from one of their best attackers, Gearóid Cleary, in the seventh minute, the second from Paul O’Sullivan close to half-time, and the third from prominent substitute Joe Young 40 seconds after the restart.
: Éire Óg: C Sheehan 0-9 (0-7 frees, 0-1 65m), J Crowley 0-4 (0-2 frees), B O’Neill, T O’Leary, G O’Flynn, A O’Mahony and D Goulding 0-1 each. Blackrock: P O’Sullivan (frees) and J Young 1-2 each, G Cleary 1-1, D Cashman 0-2, E Kiely and M Drummond 0-1 each.