Monaghan delivers late for Kildorrery

TOM MONAGHAN secured Kildorrery’s place in the last four of the Cork IFC with a spectacular point in stoppage time against Canovee at Donoughmore on Sunday night.

With his back to goal and surrounded by a swathe of black and yellow shirts, the north Cork side’s sharpshooter somehow engineered space and lofted an effort skyward that just cleared the crossbar and sent the travelling support into raptures.

It was rough justice on Canovee to lose in such harsh circumstances but if one is to be critical of them, they had chances to win themselves and late in the game they squandered possession which led to Monaghan’s late winner.

Kildorrery’s form has been oscillating over the years; a final appearance in 2008 was followed by a disappointing exit in the quarter final last year but based on this hard earned win, they could have a say in the destination of this year’s title.

The game was littered with frees which meant it failed to inspire in a footballing context but for sheer endeavour and spirit, both sides must be commended.

Canovee made the brighter start and once again had their two 18-year-olds Sean O’Connor and Darragh Ring shining in attack. The duo were full of running early on, the former slotting over their first score on four minutes while Ring exploited a lethargic looking defence with his pace on a few occasions.

They deservedly led 0-2 to 0-0 and should have had a goal in the opening spell when Con Dunne fisted from close range. But the acrobatics of keeper Brendan Hannon denied him.

Monaghan and John Howard levelled the match by the 20th minute during their best period chiefly through the work by centre back Michael Walsh who tightened things up considerably.

Canovee pressed forward again and Ring (two) as well as full-forward Tadhg McCarthy had them three points in front at the break.

Walsh then exerted an even greater influence from centre back for Kildorrery and was the rock which several Canovee attacks broke down on. His ability to read the game and time his interventions was immense and it was no surprise to see them draw level by the three quarter mark when Dave White fisted over from close range after he dashed 40 metres unchallenged.

It was all Kildorrery at this stage and Eamonn O’Connor could have had two goals when he found himself with two one-on-one situations but fluffed both chances.

As well as that was their wide count that crept into double figures on 50 minutes.

Timmy Lyons and Tom Monaghan exchanges points, as did Ring and Andrew O’Brien and the prospect of a replay looked the only outcome until Monaghan stole it at the death.

Scorers for Kildorrery: T Monaghan 0-4, J Howard, D White (0-2) each, A O’Brien 0-1 (0-1 45’).

Canovee: D Ring 0-3 (0-1f), T McCarthy 0-2, S O’Connor, J Cunningham, T Lyons 0-1 each.

KILDORRERY:; B Hannon; S Kelly, TP Murphy, J Cremin; J McCarthy, M Walsh, R McEniry; S Fitzgerald, A O’Brien; J Howard, D White, E O’Connor; T Monaghan, M Monaghan, D Kelly.

Subs: L Kelly for J Howard (45), J McCarthy for D Kelly (47).

CANOVEE:M Deasy; J McCarthy, J Scanlon, P O’Sullivan; J Brien, T Lyons, B Ahern; B O’Donoghue, J Cunningham; S O’Connor, C Dunne, D O’Sullivan; J Shanahan, T McCarthy, D Ring.

Subs: P Healy for T McCarthy (40), T Murphy for J Shanahan (42).

Referee: E Sheehy (Newcestown).

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