In the dying seconds of a free-flowing contest, and trailing by just a point, Trevor O’Keeffe with a free and then Jason Barrett, who had a great match, had real chances to carve out a famous result. Both were off target, leaving Ben O’Connor to show them how at the other end with his eighth point.
Credit Newtown for pulling off a mighty win at half throttle.
They face a tasty semi-final clash with Cloyne.
Scorers for Newtown: B. O’Connor 0-8 (0-6 frees), J. Bowles 1-0, C. Naughton, R. Clifford, Jerry O’Connor 0-2 each.
Imokilly: B. Ring, L. Desmond, N. McCarthy, T. O’Keeffe (frees) 0-3 each, B. Coleman 0-2, J. Barrett 0-1.
CLOYNE earned the east Cork bragging rights easily yesterday with a comprehensive 5-15 to 1-12 win over neighbours Midleton in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The men in red and black found the net five times, just as they had when the sides clashed in the championship two years ago.
Both teams tore into the game, with Diarmuid O’Sullivan finishing with 3-7. The writing was on the wall for a youthful Midleton side as early as the fifth minute, when O’Sullivan’s 21-metre free found the net.
Scorers for Cloyne: Diarmuid O’Sullivan 3-7 (0-4 fs, 0-2 65s), Paudie 1-3 (0-2 fs), C Cusack 1-1, M Naughton 0-3, C O’Sullivan 0-1.
Midleton: M O’Connell 0-11 (0-6 fs), S Hennessy 1-0, D Cott 0-1.
ALL too easy for Sarsfields in the first of the SHC quarter-finals at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday, the Glanmire outfit easing past St Catherine’s 1-19 to 0-13 in a poor contest, with a semi-final clash with Erin’s Own now on top of their agenda.
Sars have come a long way since the defeat by their Glounthaune neighbours and a chance for revenge might be the perfect spur.
Scorers for Sars: P. Barry 1-4 (0-1 free), P. Ryan 0-6 (0-3 frees), J. Murphy 0-4 (0-3 frees), B. McCarthy, T. Óg Murphy, K. Murphy, G. McCarthy, M. Cussen 0-1 each.
St. Catherine’s: J. Sheehan 0-4 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65), K. Morrison and S. Cotter (0-2 frees) 0-3 each, N. O’Brien 0-2, S. Kearney 0-1.
ERIN’S OWN booked a semi-final date with Sars following yesterday’s 2-15 to 0-8 win over Bride Rovers.
The game started well, with Barry Johnson pointing a first-minute free and Eoin Murphy responding with an Erin’s Own equaliser a minute later.
The rest of the half was fitful.
On the resumption Erin’s Own proved too strong, goals from Fergus Murphy and Colm Coakley enriching their victory.
Scorers for Bride Rovers: B Johnson 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1 65), Jerome O’Driscoll 0-2 (fs), S Ryan 0-1.
Erin’s Own: E Murphy 0-6 (0-3 f), F Murphy 1-2, C Coakley 1-1, K Murphy 0-3 (0-2 f), B Corcoran, M Buckley, M O’Connor 0-1 each.
TWO years ago Clonakilty ambushed Nemo Rangers in Bandon but the Capwell side exorcised those ghosts in clinical fashion in the Evening Echo Cork Co SFC quarter-final yesterday, winning 1-10 to 0-8.
Despite an encouraging first-half performance from the West Cork side, they could not maintain the momentum against a more polished and ruthless Nemo after the interval, particularly early in the third quarter when the champions notched four points without replay.
Ephie Fitzgerald’s side might even have won by more had they converted two second half penalty opportunities.
Scorers for Nemo Rangers: A Cronin 1-1; J Masters 0-4 (0-1 free; 0-1 pen); M Cronin 0-2; J Kerins (free), S O’Brien and D Niblock 0-1 each.
Clonakilty: C Murphy 0-3 (0-2 frees); P Griffin 0-2; M O’Brien, B Walsh and C Callanan 0-1 each.
CARRIGDHOUN made no mistake at the third time of asking when overcoming St Nick’s 2-14 to 1-6 in last night’s SFC fourth round second replay at Páirc Uí Rinn.
The south-east divisional side laid the foundations for victory in the first-half where they overwhelmed their opponents playing an attractive brand of fast, attacking football to go in leading 0-8 to 0-1 at the break.
Led superbly up front by man of the match Fiachra Lynch, Joe Shanahan and Joe Kingston and Cork senior Ger Spillane at centre back, Nick’s had no answer to Carrigdhoun’s football.
Scorers for Carrigdhoun: F Lynch 1-3; C O Conchubhair 1-0; J Shanahan 0-3; J Kingston and G White (0-1 free) 0-2 each; J Murphy, R O’Sullivan, W O’Brien, C O’Neill 0-1 each.
St Nick’s: D Busteed 1-0; P O’Brien 0-3; J Kearney 0-2; R Brosnan 0-1.
A 64TH-MINUTE strike by second-half substitute Ciarán Hurley saved Barryroe at the end of an enthralling Evening Echo Cork Co J’A’HC first round game with Brian Dillons at Bandon yesterday, the sides finishing 1-14 apiece.
Scorers: Barryroe: P. Collins 1-3, D. Harrington 0-3, K. Griffin 0-3 (0-1 free), A. Fleming 0-3, K. McCarthy, C. Hurley 0-1 each.
Brian Dillons: John Hourigan 0-7 (0-3 frees), James Hourigan 1-2, M. Carey 0-2, D. Whelan, S. Crighton, M. Buckley 0-1 each.
Two divisional football finals were played, Glanworth beating Kilshannig 1-12 to 0-9 and Cullen winning the Duhallow final with an 0-11 to 0-10 victory over holders Dromtariffe.