On a night not conducive to good hurling, the Glanmire side were full value for their nine-point victory, while Piarsaigh must now play Delanys in a northside relegation semi-final.
Sars coach John Barry made a master move by starting county senior Kieran Murphy at midfield and switching Tadhg Óg Murphy to corner-forward. The former revelled in the open spaces while Tadhg Óg was devastating in his corner berth, contributing 2-2 from play. Piarsaigh moved Ó hAilpín to midfield and John Gardiner to attack but to no avail as the Sars defence, with Kevin Goggin and Brian McCarthy outstanding, held firm.
Scorers for Sarsfields: T. Óg Murphy 2-2; P. Ryan 0-6 (frees); M. Cussen 0-2; G. O’Loughlin, J. Murphy 0-1 each.
Na Piarsaigh: SP O’Sullivan 0-3; E. Nodwell (frees), T. Ó hAilpín 0-2 each; SR O’Sullivan, R. McGregor 0-1 each.
INNISCARRA, despite conceding an early goal, battled to a deserved victory over St. Finbarr’s in this Cork Co Premier IHC clash at Ballincollig, winning 1-14 to 1-8.
Paul Kennedy had the opening goal for the Barr’s, but Inniscarra were leading by five in the 28th minute when they got the decisive score, a brilliantly executed goal by corner-forward Dan O’Connell.
Scorers for Inniscarra: D. O’Connell 1-1; N. O’Regan 0-4 (frees), S. Olden 0-3, A. O’Mahony and J. Casey 0-2 each, L. Ryan, and J. Olden 0-1 each.
St. Finbarr’s: P. Harte 0-5 (frees), P. Kennedy 1-0, T. Olden 0-2, O. Fitzpatrick 0-1.
A FINE spectacle in Ballinspittle as arch-rivals Valley Rovers and Bandon played a thrilling 1-16 apiece draw in the Cork Co IHC. Donagh Lucey came to Bandon’s rescue with the equalising point in added time.
Both sides battled bravely, with the spotlight very much on respective free-takers, Richie Butler and Lucey. And while a few efforts missed their target because of the tricky wind, overall the shooting was exquisite.
Scorers for Valley Rovers: R Butler 0-7 (0-6 frees), K Canty 1-2, R O’Donovan and B Lehane 0-2 each, J Young, J Hurley and E Collins 0-1 each.
Bandon: D Lucey 0-10 (0-7 frees), J O’Regan 1-0, J Hickey 0-2, T Bambury, K Hurley, D O’Donoghue and D Burke 0-1 each.
CARRIGTWOHILL, aided by a brace of goals from full-forward Seanie O’Farrell, stormed into the Premier IHC quarter-final at Páirc Uí Rinn, setting up an east Cork derby with Watergrasshill. For an injury-hit Ballincollig side the story doesn’t get much better as they must now face Aghada in a relegation battle.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: S O’Farrell 2-1, J Barrett and N McCarthy (0-3 frees) 0-4 each, R White 1-0, F Flannery 0-2, B Lordan and S Kidney 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: F Kelly 0-5 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65m), A Beale 0-2, D Beale, R O’Doherty and B Cotter 0-1 each.
A WINTER’S night in Ballyhooley — driving wind and lashing rain making football nigh impossible for Youghal and Newmarket, particularly in the first-half.
But there was a shining light in the shape of Youghal’s Paul Moylan. No question this Evening Echo Cork Co Premier IFC backdoor contest needed a bright spark and the sweet boot of the wing forward, who accounted for all but one point of his side’s total, provided it, his side winning 1-10 to 1-6.
Scorers for Youghal: P. Moylan 1-9 (1-0 pen 0-6 frees), M. Ó Laocdha 0-1.
Newmarket: S.F. O’Connor 1-1 (0-1 free), SA Murphy, K. O’Connor (0-1 free) 0-2 each, D. O’Flynn 0-1.
PAUL CONDON’S injury-time point secured a merited 0-10 apiece draw for Mayfield in this thrilling Cork Co Premier IFC clash at Ballincollig.
Ballinora’s 0-7 to 0-6 half-time lead was increased eight minutes into the second-half when Barry O’Halloran pointed another free and, with 10 minutes remaining, they enjoyed a three point-cushion (0-10 to 0-7). But Mayfield, who had failed to exploit wind advantage in the second-half, stepped up a gear.
Scorers for Ballinora: G. O’Halloran 0-5 (frees), N. Mehigan, E. Lougheed (free), M. Twohig, M. Murphy and C. Brosnan 0-1 each.
Mayfield: P. Condon 0-3 (0-2 frees), T. Lotty 0-2 (0-1 free), D. Lucey (free), L. Crowley, C. Brosnan, E. Crowley, R. Scannell 0-1 each.
THE Cork Co Premier IFC second round clash between Nemo Rangers and Glenville at Mayfield had to be abandoned with less two minutes left in normal time after Glenville selector Liam Cahill collapsed in the middle of field while assisting one of his players.
After a 20 minute delay, referee Dermot Monaghan said he had no choice but to call a halt to proceedings with 57 minutes gone on the clock. Nemo were leading 0-10 to 0-6 but before Mr Cahill’s collapse, Conor Allen was red-carded following an off-the-ball incident.
Scorers for Nemo: M Kearney 0-6 (0-2 frees); W Morgan 0-2 (0-1 free); S Marshall and C Allen 0-1 each.
Glenville: K Coakley 0-2; K O’Keefe, R Cahill (free); D Ryan and J O’Keeffe 0-1 each.