Horgan on song as Glen power past Rockies

CORK corner-forward Patrick Horgan showed some real class as Glen Rovers defeated Blackrock 3-11 to 0-15 in a top-class Evening Echo Cork SHC quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday.

The Cork senior finished with 1-6, the goal a piece of individual brilliance.

Glen were clinging to a one point lead with three minutes to go and Blackrock were pressing strongly. However, a massive clearance by Paul O’Brien was controlled skilfully by Horgan on the 20 metre line. He still had a lot of work to do as he slipped past two defenders and, as Frank Barry came off his line to challenge, the Glen full-forward coolly batted the ball to the empty net for a goal worthy of winning any match.

There was no way back for the Rockies after that goal and, to cap a wonderful display, Hogan knocked over a point to give his side a deserved victory and put them into the semi-final, where they await the winners of the Newtownshandrum/Sarsfields clash.

Glen had many heroes apart from Horgan. David Ellis kept his goal intact with a string of excellent saves, while corner-backs Brian Moylan and Gavin Moylan defended magnificently when the pressure came. Outside them Paul O’Brien was a colossus at centre-back, with Graham Callinan equally good on the wing. Up front, captain David Cunningham didn’t put a foot wrong, while Eoghan Cronin showed his worth with a brace of goals, one in each half.

Elsewhere, Courcey Rovers are back in the Premier IHC final for the second time in five years following a comprehensive 2-15 to 1-10 victory over Mallow in the first of the semi-finals at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday.

Playing marvellous attacking hurling, they struck for two goals at crucial stages in the second-half when the North Cork side were shaping up likely winners.

Rovers owed much to the skill of full-forward Seamus Hayes. Despite his stature, he has that ability to wriggle his way past defenders and he finished the game with 1-5, all from play. However, it wasn’t all about the Courceys full-forward. Timmy Lordan was outstanding at full-back; Vincent Hurley and David Hayes gave them control at midfield while Cian Lordan and John Murphy played their part.

Goalkeeper Michael Fitzgerald was the Carrigtwohill hero in a Cork SHC relegation play-off at Midleton — but not for any heroics between the sticks.

Fitzgerald scored two points in injury time to ensure his club remain in senior ranks for a least another year with a 1-12 to 1-10 win over St. Catherines. It was a victory Carrig deserved as they were forced to play the last 43 minutes with 14 players, after Cork’s Niall McCarthy received a straight red card for striking.

It took an exhaustive 140 minutes of action to secure the victory, but those exertions did little to quell Na Piarsaigh’s jubilation at winning this Evening Echo Cork SFC third round replay with Dohenys, 2-12 to 0-12, at Kilmurry on Saturday.

The city side were matched all the way by Dohenys in a match that developed into a gripping struggle. Indeed it took the tale of two penalties in extra-time to provide a resolution to the conflict.

The first penalty arrived to Dohenys in the 63rd minute when Pat McCarthy was upended. Unusually, Dohenys decided to despatch goalkeeper Darragh Farr upfield to take the spot kick, despite the presence of hotshot Ger McCarthy amongst their ranks, and the decision backfired when Farr struck his shot wide.

That miss was exacerbated in the 76th minute when Na Piarsaigh were presented with a penalty opening of their own. Stephen Glasgow’s marauding run was interrupted illegally by the Dohenys defence and John Gardiner needed no second invitation to send the ball to the net. The score pushed Na Piarsaigh into a 2-10 to 0-12 advantage and with time on their side it was always going to be a lead that was unassailable.

St Vincent’s are 60 minutes from making a speedy return to senior ranks after edging out luckless Newmarket 1-9 to 1-8 in a thrilling Evening Echo Cork Co Premier IFC semi-final at Mallow last evening.

Relegated last season, it was in the dying minutes that Vincent’s displayed their defensive resilience, denying Newmarket an equaliser after going in front in the 50th minute through Cian Barry.

Entering injury-time, the city side brought 13 men behind the ball depriving Newmarket of space. When the Duhallow men did conjure up half-openings, their shooting let them down, reflected in three successive wides in three minutes of injury-time.

Man of the match Derek O’Connor was in fine form for the winners, landing four points while Jonathon Buckley scored a peach of a goal just on half time that gave Vincent’s a 1-6 to 1-3 lead.

It was all too easy for St. Finbarr’s at Ovens, a Cork Co U21FC final spot secured, 2-9 to 0-6, against a disappointing Macroom side.

It was not a good game of football, and it was hard to believe most of this Macroom side played in last year’s final, a game they lost so narrowly to Castlehaven. The Mid Corkmen often looked rudderless, gave away too much possession and couldn’t buy a score. Barr’s, on the other hand, were strong and economical and twice found the net with goals from Jason Sexton and Jonathon Holland.

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