It was a result that didn’t look likely for long periods as the North Cork divisional side made most of the early running, but goals win matches and CIT’s brace proved the difference at the end of a lack lustre contest.
Playing up the hill in the opening half, Avondhu got off to a great start and led 0-3 to 0-1 inside the opening seven minutes.
Two of their points were superb efforts by Andrew O’Brien and the third came from a converted 45 by Paudie Kissane.
It was obvious that the North Cork divisional side had preparation done. Their football was controlled and their passing precise with the result the students struggled to contain them.
Paudie Kissane and Richie Kelliher gave them a grip on midfield, and the pressure on the CIT defence was enormous as a result.
The county senior landed a brace of points which helped his side to an 0-5 to 0-1 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
From a position of being totally dominance, Avondhu lost their way for the remainder of the half, and CIT, with Hugh Curran’s pace and dazzling runs causing problems for the Avondhu defence, thundered into the game.
County senior Daniel Goulding kicked two excellent points in-a-row, before CIT struck for their opening goal in the 20th minute. A long ball by Roy Leahy found Murphy, and the corner forward wormed his way past a couple of defenders before shooting low across the face of the goal into the corner of the net.
It was a great individual effort and when Martin O’Connor tacked on a point soon after, the students were motoring well.
Fortunately for Avondhu Paudie Kissane was in exceptional form at midfield and he lifted the siege with two points to tie the game for the second time.
However CIT with Ray Carey and Ross O’Dwyer giving nothing away in defence, finished the half strongly and were well worth their half time lead of 1-6 to 0-7 after Paul O’Flynn and Daniel Goulding pointed a free each.
CIT maintained their grip on the change over, helped in no small way by Paul O’Flynn’s excellence on Kissane and with Roy Leahy far more effective at full forward, they stretched their lead to four points by the end of the third quarter, Daniel Goulding showing his class both from play and placed balls.
Avondhu were in real danger of being completely over run as the class of the students was very evident and when Eamon Lyons stroked home a second goal from Andrew O’Neill’s cross there was only going to be one result.
CIT now meet Duhallow in round two while Avondhu go out, and to cap a bad night for the North Cork divisional side, one of their selectors, well known county referee Jas Cummins in retrieving a football fell and broke his hip and had to taken away by ambulance in excruciating pain which arrived fairly promptly.
Scorers for CIT: D. Goulding 0-6 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45); J. Murphy, E. Lyons 1-0 each; M. O’Connor 0-2; H. Curran, P. O’Flynn (free), R. Leahy 0-1 each.
Avondhu: P. Kissane 0-5 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45); A. O’Brien 0-2; M. O’Brien, D. O’Hagan 0-1 each.
CIT: B. Kealy (Kerry); J. Dennis (do.), R. Carey (Cork), R. O’Dwyer (Cork); A. O’Reilly (Cork), D. Lynch (Do.), B. Murphy (do.); E. Lyons (Do.), P. O’Flynn (do.); C. O’Sullivan (Kerry), H. Curran (do.), M. O’Connor (do.); R. Leahy (do.), D. Goulding (Do.), J. Murphy (do.).
Subs: A. O’Neill (Limerick) for O’Sullivan; D. Coughlan (Cork) for Lyons; M. Golden (Cork) for O’Reilly; J. Ryan (Cork) for Leahy.
AVONDHU: M. Kennedy (Ballyclough); S. Fox (Mitchelstown), O. O’Hanlon (Clyda Rovers), B. Norris (Killavullen); M. O’Brien (Clyda Rovers), T. Fehan (Churchtown), M. Walsh (Kildorrery); P. Kissane (Clyda Rovers), R. Kelliher (Fermoy); D. O’Donoghue (Kilworth), D. White (Kildorrery), E. O’Connor (Do.); T. Monaghan (do.), A. O’Brien (do.), A. O’Driscoll (Killavullen).
Subs: B. Noonan (Ballyhooley) for O’Donoghue; R. O’Hagen (Fermoy) for White; M. Allen (Mitchelstown) for Kelliher.
Referee: D. O’Leary (Kilmurry)