In last season’s semi-final they came out on top and on Saturday at Ovens, Doheny’s repeated the dose in the opening game of this year’s campaign, winning 0-12 to 0-9.
After the teams were level on no fewer than six occasions, Dohenys came with a powerful late surge to deny Aghada the chance of turning the tables.
After a poor first half punctuated by a series of niggling frees and some woeful shooting, Aghada, with three brilliant points from play by Cian Fleming, Stephen O’Keeffe and Trevor O’Keeffe, led 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.
The game did brighten up after the resumption with both sides finding their scoring touch, and it was nip and tuck as Dohenys came back to level three times before the final quarter dawned.
Then towering midfielder Pierse O’Neill, whose high fielding was a major feature, soloed through for a superb point to give Aghada the edge.
Scorers for Dohenys: D Nyhan 0-4; D O’Sullivan 0-3; D O’Mahony 0-2; G McCarthy 0-2; D Healy 0-1.
Aghada: C Fleming 0-4 (0-2 from frees); S O’Keeffe 0-2 (0-1 from free); T O’Keeffe 0-2; P O’Neill 0-1.
IN the Cork Co Premier IFC brave Kiskeam staged a remarkable comeback to snatch victory from Nemo Rangers in a terrific opening round game at Donoughmore yesterday.
Trailing by six points and looking totally outclassed entering the final quarter, Kiskeam dug deep to record what will go down as a famous victory in their club history.
Scorers for Kiskeam: D Scannell 1-1; N Cronin 0-4 (frees); B Dennehy 0-2; S Linehan 0-1;
Nemo Rangers:J Kavanagh 0-4 (0-3 frees); M Kearney, J Kerins D Kearney 0-2 each.
LAST minute replacement Diarmuid McCarthy emerged as the match winner for Glenville, who struggled to beat Ballingeary 1-5 to 0-5 at Donoughmore yesterday.
McCarthy scored the only goal in the 40th minute of a drab encounter — a strike which proved the difference between two very mediocre sides.
Scorers for Glenville: D McCarthy 1-1; P Cahill 0-2; J O’Keeffe and B Healy 0-1 each.
Ballingeary: A Concannon 0-2 (0-1 from free); B Concannon, G Ó Muirthile and L Seartan 0-1 each.
A SURPRISE result at Ballinacurra yesterday saw Mayfield defeat hot favourites Youghal in a thrilling first -round clash 1-8 to 0-10.
Mayfield centre-forward Paul Condon caused the Youghal defence all sorts of problems and the seasiders now face a tricky second round clash with Nemo Rangers in a game that neither club can afford to lose.
Scorers for Mayfield: P Condon 0-5 (0-2 free), R Scannell 1-0, D Lucey, B Hegarty and E Crowley 0-1 each.
Youghal: L Desmond 0-5 (0-3 free), J Ormond 0-2 (all free), E Fox, E Coleman and K Dempsey 0-1 each.
KILLAVULLEN managed to free themselves from the shackles of a brave Newmarket side in an exciting first -round game at Charleville yesterday to win 0-12 to 0-9.
Killavullen’s superior craft and efficiency proved the basis for success.
Scorers for Killavullen: L Dorgan 0-5 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘45, 0-1 pen), A O’Driscoll 0-2, J O’Neill 0-2, D Hartnett, B O’Driscoll and D Relihan 0-1 each.
Newmarket: SF O’Connor 0-5(0-3f), TJ Bodie 0-2 (0-1f), D O’Brien 0-2.
DESPITE the absence of Conor Brosnan with a hamstring injury, Ballinora recorded a fine 1-8 to 0-9 win over St Michael’s at Ballincollig on Saturday night, due mainly due to the excellence of substitute Eoin Lougheed.
St Michael’s, with Roy Downey and William Kennedy dominating midfield, got off to a promising start but the introduction of Lougheed in the 13th minute put a different face on things.
Scorers for Ballinora: J Fitton 1-0; E Lougheed 0-2; A O’Neill 0-2; M Murphy, G O’Halloran, M Hodge and C O’Shea 0-1 each.
St Michael’s: E Hegarty 0-5 (0-2 from frees): F Barry, D Gosnell, S O’Sullivan and M Drummond 0-1 each.
GRENAGH easily disposed of Cill na Martra 1-10 to 1-1 in this opening Evening Echo Cork Co IFC game at Carrigadrohid on Saturday.
It was evident from the opening exchanges that Grenagh had the better balanced side and when brothers John and Jerry Russell kicked over points in the first and third minutes, it settled them.
Scorers for Grenagh: T Walsh 1-0, D Dorgan 0-3, J Russell 0-2, Jerry Russell 0-1, C Fitzgerald 0-1, M Kenny 0-1, T Kenny 0-1 and A Kenny 0-1.
Cill na Martra: P Ó Duinnín, T Kenny 1-0 (og).
IT’S a well-known fact that Erin’s Own are more interested in the small ball come championship time, but that should not take from a well-deserved 1-16 to 0-3 victory for 2006 junior champions Adrigole in yesterday’s opening round in Ballineen.
In their first year at intermediate level, the west Cork side showed total commitment because, despite playing into a strong wind in the second half, they still managed to double their scoring tally while also adding a goal from the penalty spot.
Scorers for Adrigole: BJ O’Sullivan 1-3 (1-0 pen), K J O’Sullivan 0-6 (0-5 frees), K O’Sullivan-Greene and J Goggin 0-2 each, D Carey, B Goggin and PB O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Erin’s Own: M O’Connor (free), B McHugh (45m) and K Murphy (free) 0-1 each.
AGHABULLOGUE added to the list of surprise results with a superb 2-9 to 1-5 victory over last season’s championship and league finalists Castletownbere in Ballineen yesterday.
In many ways it was a forgettable afternoon for the west Cork side — always one of the big contenders for the intermediate football championship.
They were rarely given a sniff by the mid Cork outfit and consequently were never able to get to terms with the pace of the game.
Scorers for Aghabullogue: P O’Rourke 1-1, B Kiely 1-0, D Kiely 0-3 (0-2 frees), O Healy 0-2, P Kelleher, D Twomey and E Twomey 0-1 each.
Castletownbere: A O’Sullivan 1-1 (pen), A O’Regan 0-3 (frees), S O’Regan 0-1 (free).
A FIRST win for Fermoy in their four years in the Cork IFC at Rathcormac yesterday saw them overcome Delanys 1-10 to 1-7.
Scorers for Fermoy: A O’Connor 0-4, D Conran 1-0, D Galvin 0-2, T Grumbridge, P Walsh, F Harrington, R O’Callaghan 0-1 each.
Delanys: P O’Connell 1-3, C Twomey, P Finnegan, M O’Mahony 0-1 each.