Erin’s Own serve notice with easy win

NO PROBLEM for three-in-a-row chasing Cork senior hurling champions Erin’s Own at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday as they romped to a 1-16 to 0-7 opening-round victory over former kingpins Blackrock, who now face a dangerous backdoor test against Bishopstown to stay in the championship.

Even without Cian O’Connor, Pat Fitzgerald and Killian Murphy, the Glounthaune men’s superior hurling power always had them in control and they ran out easy winners.

Blackrock’s problems were in attack. They failed to make any impression on an Erin’s Own defence in which Shane Murphy and Peter Kelly were magnificent and their disappointing showing was exasperated further by some dreadful shooting which saw them hit 11 wides to just four by their opponents.

The sides matched each other point for point to be level five times in the first half, but despite losing Mark O’Connor through injury, Erin’s Own went on to lead 0-6 to 0-5 at half time, thanks to Eoghan Murphy’s accuracy from frees, as he accounted for half of his side’s total.

Into the second-half and the teams were level on two further occasions before Erin’s Own upped the ante considerably. Eoghan Murphy capped an excellent afternoon when he first timed the sliothar to the net to bring his scoring tally to 1-7.

Scorers: Erin’s Own: E. Murphy 1-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65); M. O’Carroll, A. Bowen, C. Coakley 0-2 each; P. Kelly, S. Kelly, D. O’Flynn 0-1 each. Blackrock: D. Cashman (frees), D. Gosnell 0-2 each; P. Tierney, J. Young, D. Coughlan 0-1 each.

A POINT by John Paul Murphy two minutes from time earned Seandun a deserved draw (2-10 to 0-16) against CIT at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday.

Indeed the city divisional side had the chance to win the game when they were awarded a 50-metre free in injury time dead straight in front of the posts, but John Horgan’s effort was inches wide. Apart from earning his side a second bite of the cherry, JP Murphy was easily the best player on view, scoring 1-5 of his side’s tally, all from play.

Scorers: Seandun: JP Murphy 1-5; J. Horgan 0-3 (frees); S. Kelly 1-0; I. Looney, K. Brosnan 0-1 each. CIT: D. Crowley 0-7 (0-3 frees); S. Corcoran, L. Desmond (0-1 65) 0-2 each; S. White, D. Lynch, B. Aherne, T. Murphy, D. Mannix 0-1 each.

A Kieran O’Callaghan goal a minute into injury time earned Glen Rovers a 1-13 apiece draw with Cloyne at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday.

It looked to be Cloyne’s night when they forged four points clear entering the closing minutes, but in a grandstand finish the Blackpool men stormed back to force a replay. In an action packed closing five minutes, Pat Horgan drove a long-range free over the bar for his eighth point and O’Callaghan touched home Shane Kennefick’s 65 which tied the game for the fourth and final time.

Scorers: Glen Rovers: P. Horgan 0-11 (0-8 frees); K. O’Callaghan 1-0; D. Cronin, D. Busteed 0-1 each. Cloyne: P. O’Sullivan 0-4 (0-3 frees); J. Nyhan 1-0; M. Naughton, D. Cusack (0-2 65s, 0-1 free) 0-3 each; D. Ring 0-2 (0-1 free); Diarmuid O’Sullivan 0-1.

NA PIARSAIGH had no problems reaching round three thanks to a 1-21 to 0-12 victory over Carrigtwohill at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday.

Carrig, making their debut in the senior championship, were expected to find the going extremely difficult, but they put up a brave effort before running out of steam in the last quarter.

Piarsaigh were grateful Padraig Gould was on song in their attack. Along with Colin Lynch, he showed marvellous skill in knocking over a succession of points to ease their side 0-8 to 0-6 in front coming up to half time. And the game took a dramatic turn in Piarsaigh’s favour in the closing minutes when Lynch billowed the net from close range.

Scorers: Na Piarsaigh: C. Lynch 1-4 (0-4 frees); P. Gould 0-5; SJ O’Sullivan, R. McGregor, S. Glasgow, J. Gardiner (0-1 65), D. Mannix 0-2 each; M. Prendergast, R. Healy 0-1 each. Carrigtwohill: N. McCarthy 0-4 (0-3 frees); R. White 0-3; F. Flannery 0-2; M. McCarthy, B. Lordan, J. Barrett 0-1 each.

MIDLETON survived a late comeback from St Catherine’s at Lisgoold to win 0-15 to 1-10. Powering into a 0-14 to 1-5 lead, they were hauled back in the closing 10 minutes when the Ballynoe/Conna side struck five unanswered points to cut the margin to one.

However, as he has done so often before, Mickey O’Connell came to the rescue with his 10th point of the day to successfully carry the Magpies over the line. Indeed, captain O’Connell was instrumental in their win.

Scorers: Midleton: M O’Connell 0-10 (0-8 frees), P Haughney 0-2, S Hennessy, L Walsh and A Ryan 0-1 each. St Catherine’s: S Cotter 0-6 (0-4 frees), P O’Connell 1-0, M Fitzgerald 0-2 (frees), D Farrell and S Kearney 0-1 each.

IMOKILLY had to work hard to beat Duhallow 0-26 to 2-12 at Doneraile last night. For a side that withdrew from the championship a few weeks back before returning to the fray last week, Duhallow made a good fist of it for three quarters of the game. They lead at stages during the first-half, only trailed 0-12 to 1-7 at the interval and by the three-quarter mark were behind by the minimum at 0-16 to 2-9.

But Imokilly, heavily favoured to win this game, finally began to work the right moves in the final quarter as their greater class and array of attacking options told.

Scorers: Imokilly: P O’Regan 0-9 (0-7f, 0-1 ‘65), E Enright 0-6, B Lawton 0-3, R Spillane, J Flavin 0-2 each, T O’Keeffe, P O’Brien, P Sloane, G O’Leary 0-1 each. Duhallow: L McLoughlin 0-7 (0-6f), D Duane 1-1, D O’Sullivan 1-0, M Sheehy, D Murphy, J McLoughlin, N O’Callaghan 0-1 each.

INNISCARRA overcame a late scare to win the Premier IHC replay against Ballincollig 0-16 to 0-13 at Clougduv on Saturday. They were coasting 0-14 to 0-5 with only the final quarter to play, but were almost caught by a gallant Ballincollig fightback.

Scorers: Inniscarra: M Coleman (0-2f) and A O’Mahony (0-3f, 0-1 65m) 0-5 each, C Casey 0-3, D O’Connell 0-2, J Olden 0-1. Ballincollig: R Ryan and J Dwyer (frees) 0-3 each, J Miskella (0-1f), E Hegarty and D Beale 0-2 each, R O’Driscoll 0-1.

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CourtsGaaPlace: Páirc Uí ChaoimhPlace: LisgooldPerson: Cian O’ConnorPerson: Pat FitzgeraldPerson: Killian MurphyPerson: Shane MurphyPerson: Peter KellyPerson: Mark O’ConnorPerson: Eoghan MurphyPerson: E. MurphyPerson: M. O’CarrollPerson: A. BowenPerson: C. CoakleyPerson: P. KellyPerson: S. KellyPerson: D. O’FlynnPerson: D. CashmanPerson: D. GosnellPerson: P. TierneyPerson: J. YoungPerson: D. CoughlanPerson: John Paul MurphyPerson: SeandunPerson: John HorganPerson: JP MurphyPerson: J. HorganPerson: I. LooneyPerson: K. BrosnanPerson: D. CrowleyPerson: S. CorcoranPerson: L. DesmondPerson: S. WhitePerson: D. LynchPerson: B. AhernePerson: T. MurphyPerson: D. MannixPerson: Kieran O’CallaghanPerson: CloynePerson: Pat HorganPerson: O’CallaghanPerson: Shane KennefickPerson: P. HorganPerson: K. O’CallaghanPerson: D. CroninPerson: D. BusteedPerson: P. O’SullivanPerson: J. NyhanPerson: M. NaughtonPerson: D. CusackPerson: D. RingPerson: Diarmuid O’SullivanPerson: CarrigPerson: Padraig GouldPerson: Colin LynchPerson: PIARSAIGHPerson: LynchPerson: Na PiarsaighPerson: C. LynchPerson: P. GouldPerson: SJ O’SullivanPerson: R. McGregorPerson: GlasgowPerson: J. GardinerPerson: M. PrendergastPerson: R. HealyPerson: CarrigtwohillPerson: N. McCarthyPerson: R. WhitePerson: F. FlanneryPerson: M. McCarthyPerson: B. LordanPerson: J. BarrettPerson: MidletonPerson: Mickey O’ConnellPerson: O’ConnellOrganisation: Erin’s OwnOrganisation: BlackrockOrganisation: BishopstownOrganisation: CITOrganisation: Glen RoversOrganisation: BlackpoolOrganisation: St CatherineOrganisation: BallynoeOrganisation: Conna
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