They could do little wrong in this do-or-die second round clash with Tracton in Brinny yesterday, winning 0-21 to 0-9, leaving their supporters wondering where this form was for their two games against Inniscarra.
Still, they won’t complain — this fare was well worth the wait. Their second-half blitz of 14 points was totally unsettling for Tracton, who had a fighting chance at the break, trailing 0-7 to 0-4.
Scorers for Ballincollig: R O’Doherty and D Beale (0-4 frees) 0-5 each, E Hegarty 0-4, J Miskella 0-3, R Ryan 0-2, R O’Driscoll and C O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Tracton: R Walsh 0-4 (0-3f), S O’Sullivan 0-2, F Walsh, K Corrigan & M O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
A POINT from a free by Neil Ronan three minutes into injury time earned Ballyhea a 0-15 to 1-12 draw with Fr O’Neill’s in a thrilling Premier IHC second round tie at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
It was a result they deserved if only for their refusal to throw in the towel when all seemed lost, giving glimpses of the power of their hurling once feared by teams in the county.
However this game will be remembered for the failure of referee John Kearney not to send Barry Coleman (Ballyhea) and Fr. O’Neills John Flavin off for wreckless use of the hurley on each other in a disgraceful flare up in the second half.
Scorers for Ballyhea: N. Ronan 0-5 (0-3 frees); M. O’Sullivan 0-4; T. Shanahan 0-2; I. Ronan, D. Ronan, A. Crowley, C. Hanley 0-1 each.
Fr. O’Neills: J. O’Leary 0-7 (0-5 frees); J. Flavin 1-0; J. Holland 0-2; E. McCarthy, A. Brett, E. Holland 0-1 each.
MALLOW played with fire, just squeezing past an unlucky Argideen Rangers 2-15 to 0-18 at Cloughduv.
The North Cork club made poor starts to both halves, also repeatedly committing fouls in dangerous positions from which Argideen wing forward Shane O’Mahony got nine of his 13 scores. But two first-half goals from corner-forwards Barry Murphy and Pa Dineen proved the killer punches that the Timoleague outfit would eventually succumb to, Dineen’s particularly well timed effort coming just before the break.
Scorers for Mallow: P Dineen (1-6 0-4f 0-1 65); B Murphy (1-1); M Maher, C O’Riordan (0-1f) (0-3 each); F McCormack, M Buckley (0-1 each).
Argideen Rangers: S O’Mahony (0-13 0-9f); R O’Sullivan (0-2); M O’Callaghan, M Walsh, J Sheehan (0-1 each).
DROMINA and Delanys both sought to stave off the dreaded spectre of a relegation battle in this IHC second-round clash at Mallow.
Ultimately, it was Dromina who were relieved to have guaranteed intermediate status for another year, winning 2-13 to 1-7, and glad at another shot in the championship. For Delanys, the bad times keep coming. They tumbled down from senior two years ago and now have to avoid relegation for a third successive season.
The game was a dreadfully poor affair which was all about securing the right result. Ultimately, Dromina deserved the win as their second-half performance, despite having Richard Morrissey sent-off for a wild pull before half-time, was splendid.
Scorers for Dromina: A O’Shaughnessy 0-6 (0-2f), K Hayes 0-5 (0-3f), P Hayes 1-1, J Finn 1-0, D Morrissey 0-1.
Scorers for Delanys: E Cullinane 1-2, K Foley 0-3 (0-1f), P Finnegan 0-2 (0-1f).
THE celebrations were comparable to winning a county final and selector Paddy Corkery, who had two sons playing with Éire Óg in this IHC game at Brinny, was relieved to have this game behind them after beating Ballygarvan 1-11 to 0-11.
Whilst the Éire Óg goal by Timothy Cronin three minutes before half-time was central to the outcome, equally crucial, but galling for Ballygarvan, was corner-forward Liam Dillon’s strike midway through the second-half that flew across the square to safety.
Éire Óg’s Ciarán Sheehan was another ace, besides scoring six points, his move from the forward line to midfield for the new half was telling.
Scorers for Éire Óg: C Sheehan 0-6 (0-1 65m, 0-1 free), T Cronin 1-2, T O’Leary 0-2, D Goulding 0-1.
Ballygarvan: M O’Riordan and S White (0-1 65m, 0-1 free) 0-3 each, D O’Sullivan and L Dillon (0-1 free) 0-2 each, G White 0-1.