O Coinceannain denies Grenagh

AN INJURY-TIME free from Aindreas O Coinceannain secured Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh (Ballingeary) a draw against Grenagh in their PIFC fourth-round stalemate with Grenagh at Kilmichael on Saturday.

Having led 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time, the Ballingeary side lost their way in the second-half as Grenagh rediscovered the rhythm which had deserted them in the second quarter and when John Russell found the net for the mid-Cork club in the 57th minute they looked to have completed an excellent turnaround.

O Coinceannain, however, had already scored five points and he was not found wanting from a free 30 yards out on the right-hand side to ensure that the tie went to a replay. In the first-half, a second outing appeared the best outcome that Grenagh could have hoped for, following a good start, they faded worryingly.

They had the better of the play in the first 15 minutes, well on top in midfield and moving the ball well, but they only had a 0-3 to 0-1 lead despite their superiority.

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh came thundering back however, driven by the surging runs of O Coinceannain from centre-forward, while his brother Ian at midfield and full-forward and captain Liam Seartan also began to become more prominent.

Three points from Seartan, and four from O Coinceannain, Cian O Duinnín getting the other, turned the game on its head as a two-point deficit became a six-point lead with half-time approaching, Grenagh totally losing their way though Tom Kenny could have brought them back into it with a goal opportunity in injury time.

Grenagh redeployed John Russell to midfield for the second half, his brother Gerry moving to centre-forward, and these changes brought about a positive difference as three unanswered points in the first seven minutes brought the gap down to one.

Despite being on the back foot now, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh were still keeping themselves ahead, with points from O Coinceannain and Seartan vital. But the momentum was with Grenagh and a fine point from Conor FitzGerald made it 0-11 to 0-9 with five minutes left.

Then John Russell struck for his goal, turning and shooting low past Gearóid O Muirthile after winning a Diarmuid Dorgan free in. It looked like they would advance to meet Clyda Rovers, especially as Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh lost Barra O Coinceannain to a second booking immediately after. But they could not hold out, O Coinceannain’s intervention meaning the sides must do it all again.

Scorers for Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: A O Coinceannain (0-6, four frees, one sideline); L Seartan (0-4); D Mac Cárthaigh, C O Duinnín (0-1 each).

Grenagh: J Russell (1-1); G Russell (0-3, one free, one 45); D Dorgan (0-2, one free); T Kenny, T Walsh, C FitzGerald (0-1 each.)

BÉAL ÁTHA’N GHAORTHAIDH: G O Muirthile; A O Loingsigh, L O Conchúir, F O Loingsigh; N O Duinnín, N O Tuama, B O Coinceannain; I O Coinceannain, D Mac Cárthaigh; M O Muineachain, A O Coinceannain, T O Laoire; P O Buachalla, L Seartan, C O Duinnín.

Fir Ionadaí: G Mac Cárthaigh for O Laoire, B Seartan for O Buachalla (both 41), S O Duinnín for C O Duinnín (60).

GRENAGH: M Barry; S Dorgan, R Dorgan, C Kenny; A McCarthy, G FitzGerald, J O’Neill; T Kenny, G Russell; C FitzGerald, T Walsh, N O’Doherty; D Dorgan, J Russell, U Duggan.

Subs: K O’Neill for McCarthy (22).

Referee: N Barrett (Carrigtwohill).

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