A brilliant first-half performance, inspired by the heroics of midfielder John Miskella, laid the foundations for Ballincollig’s resounding 15-point win as Carbery experienced possibly their darkest hour.
Carbery had absolutely no answer to the power and class of a Ballincollig side that reaped the benefits of playing three players at midfield.
It took Carbery 40-minutes to score in what was unquestionably the worst display served up by the divisional representatives for many a long day.
After Podsie O’Mahony’s fisted attempt went wide off the upright in the first attack of the match, Ballincollig just blitzed the opposition. In a devastating five minutes spell of controlled, attacking football, team captain John O’Brien, Miskella and roving full-forward Alan Donovan powered them into a three point lead and they never looked back.
The outstanding Miskella went on an electrifying solo run in the 12th minute and when his shot for goal was brilliantly saved by Pádraig White, the Cork senior punched the rebound to the net.
With Ballincollig coming at them in waves, Carbery were dealt another stunning blow in the 24th minute when Alan Donovan set up corner forward John Kelly for a spectacular goal.
Carbery had some appalling misses before three points without reply from Donovan, Brian Cotter and substitute Fergal Keohane propelled Ballincollig into a 2-9 to 0-0 interval lead.
Ballincollig, who lost former Cork senior Podsie O’Mahony early on with a thigh injury, continued to pile on the pressure after the break and Carbery were helpless to stop them.
Not even the departure of Miskella, who was concussed minutes after the resumption, could upset Ballincollig and they were leading 2-11 before half-time substitute David Ahern broke Carbery’s duck with a point in the 40th minute.
Carbery, with two late points from Colum O’Driscoll and Cathrac Keane, did manage to alter the scoreboard, but, overall, it was a dismal occasion for the West Cork men.
Ballincollig: J Miskella 1-3; J Kelly 1-2 (0-2 from frees); A Donovan 0-3; L O’Toole 0-2; C O’Sullivan 0-2; J O’Brien, B Cotter and F Keohane 0-1 each. Carbery: C Keane 0-3 (0-1 from free); D Ahern, R Moloney and C O’Driscoll (free) 0-1 each.
D Lordan; N Barry, E Hegarty, JP O’Leary; C Cronin, S O’Donoghue, E Burke; P Kelly, J Miskella; B Cotter, J O’Brien, L O’Toole; J Kelly, P O’Mahony, A Donovan.
F Keohane for O’Mahony (thigh injured); C O’Sullivan for Miskella (concussed); K O’Toole for O’Brien (facial injury).
P White (Newcestown); E Barrett (St Oliver Plunkett’s), E Sexton (Kilbrittain), J Crowley (Newcestown); B O’Brien (Barryroe), S Keohane (St Mary’s), R Hourihan (Kilmacabee); A O’Connor (St Colums), M. O’Driscoll (Clann na Gael); R Maloney (Bandon), S Levis (Muintir Baire), D McCarthy (Kilmacabee); C O’Driscoll (Tadgh Mac Cartaigh), J Herlihy (do), C Keane (Newcestown).
D Ahern (Bandon) for McCarthy; J O’Brien (St James) for Herlihy.
C Lane (Banteer).