The county player, who lined out at centre-back, stood out with his clean fielding and his contribution of two vital points – the first levelled the game and the second a couple of minutes later gave them back the initiative at a time when they were being given a searching test approaching the fourth quarter.
Even though Aghabullogue didn’t raise a flag until the 23rd minute, and were three points in arrears at the break, a well struck penalty from Patrick Finnegan immediately after the restart put them in a great position. But when a second penalty by the same player 10 minutes later came back off the post and then struck the goalkeeper for a 45m, their luck seemed to be out.
Inspired by O’Leary, Cill na Martra finished with a flourish with Mairtín O Conchúir, Maidhcí O Duinnín and sub Caoimhín O hUidhir all on the scoreboard.
Another county man, Nicholas Murphy, was also in impressive form as Carrigaline drew with Glenville in the Premier IFC on Saturday. But it was his clubmate and county minor David Drake who was the star man, scoring six points. Glenville’s Paudie Cahill was equally impressive, contributing five pointsWing back Anthony Cronin hit the game’s only goal that helped his side to an interval lead of 1-6 to 0-7.
The game finished Carrigaline 0-12 Glenville 1-9.
In the Premier IFC’s other game Clyda Rovers eased past St Michael’s by six points, 2-7 to 0-7. James Murphy’s goal four minutes into the second period gave the Mourneabbey side a boost and, when their Blackrock rivals began to eat into that lead, the same player netted again in the 52nd minute.
Adrigole secured a Cork IFC quarter-final derby with Castletownbere after surviving a stern fourth round test against Glanworth at Newcestown on Saturday, 1-10 to 1-9.
Castletownbere had it easier against Ballyclough in Inchigeela on Saturday, 2-8 to 0-8.
The sides changed ends at 0-4 apiece and after Sean Smyth and Castletownbere’s Dean Murphy swapped points, Murphy rifled home the game’s first goal. With Ballyclough still clearing their heads, an innocuous-looking high ball into their parallelogram was met by the fist of sub of Diarmaid O’Neill who claimed Castletownbere’s second goal.
Meanwhile, an impressive team performance in the fourth round replay at Blarney on Saturday helped Canovee beat Killavullen 2-10 to 0-10 and progress to the Evening Echo IFC quarter-finals. Cork minor Darragh Ring scored 1-4 and was the standout player of the evening with Sean O’Connor the other goalscorer.