The loss of Niall Buckley proved a massive blow to Aghabullogue who were out-performed in the middle third. There, Andrew O’Brien and Mick Monaghan ruled supreme and, along with Michael Walsh at half back, all three were on hand to supply ball towards a free-scoring forward line.
Kildorrery looked like settling this contest inside 10 minutes, scoring five points. Playing with the breeze, John Howard, Tom Monaghan (2), a stunning 50-metre effort from Peter O’Brien and Shane Fitzgerald put the North Cork men into a commanding lead.
Aghabullogue then lost Buckley to a broken collar bone but between the 12th and 20th minutes managed to play their way back into a contest. Pa Finnegan got two on target while blood sub Robert O’Keeffe put down a marker with a fine effort.
Kildorrery retired 0-8 to 0-4 in front at the break. They killed the game off in the third quarter with a 2-2 salvo. Peter O’Brien landed two sweet points before Mike Monaghan took a superb pass from Tom Monaghan to goal.
Monaghan notched his own goal in the 46th minute. It was the game’s last memorable moment in a largely forgettable second half.
Scorers for Kildorrery: T Monaghan 1-2; P O’Brien 0-4; M Monaghan 1-0; J Howard 0-3 (frees); S Fitzgerald, S Coughlan (free) and A O’Brien (‘45’) 0-1 each.
Scorers for Aghabullogue: P Finnegan 0-2 (0-1 free); R O’Keeffe, P O’Rourke and B Kiely 0-1 each.
KILDORRERY: B Hannon; J P McCarthy, T P Murphy, G McCarthy, M Walsh, D White, E O’Connor (capt); A O’Brien, M Monaghan; J Howard, P O’Brien, S Fitzgerald; T Monaghan, S Coughlan, J Ahern.
Subs: P Hanley for Ahern and D Roche for Howard (both 56 mins), L Kelly for Walsh and S Kent for J P McCarthy (both 59).
AGHABULLOGUE: I O’Sullivan; B Buckley, M O’Brien, D Murphy (capt); E Kennedy, D Twomey, B Kiely; N Buckley, M Twomey; E Twomey, P Kelleher, P Finnegan; J Hogan, J Kelleher, P O’Rourke.
Subs: P Murphy for Buckley (inj 11 mins), R O’Keeffe for Hogan (blood, 11-20 mins), T O’Leary for J Kelleher and R O’Keeffe for P O’Rourke (both 49).
Referee: M Harrington (Carrigaline).