Kilbrittain finish strongly to grind down Inniscarra

KILBRITTAIN advanced to the next round of the Premier IHC as they finished strongly to overcome Inniscarra at Cloughduv yesterday.

When impressive Inniscarra midfielder Michael Coleman was sent off for an off-the-ball incident in the 46th minute, the Muskerry side led by 0-18 to 1-13. But three points in two minutes by Kilbrittain, two by Maurice Sexton and one from Jamie Wall, had them in front for the first time. With that the writing was on the wall.

Inniscarra responded strongly with three in a row of their own but, with Paddy Ryan playing well as a sweeper, Kilbrittain ground down their opponents to take the spoils.

With two minutes of normal time left, they trailed 0-21 to 1-17 but Ross Cashman and Sexton hit two each and one from Alan Hayes put them three in front by the third minute of injury time.

Inniscarra went for broke with the last puck but Aidan O’Mahony’s long-range free sailed over the bar instead of falling into the square.

A rip-roaring Inniscarra start, set in train by a John Casey point within the opening 10 seconds, put them 0-6 to 0-1 in front by the seventh minute, Coleman with two excellent efforts.

Coleman and O’Mahony were performing well in the middle while the Inniscarra half-back line was doing much to limit the ball-winning ability of the Kilbrittain half-forwards. In addition, the west Cork side made poor decisions with balls out of defence.

However, aided by Cashman assuming superiority at centre-back, they came back into contention.

Maurice Sexton and Nigel Quinlan scored nice points while Cashman converted a pair of placed balls from distance to leave two between them.

Their hard work could have been undone as Liam O’Brien, Colm Casey and Aidan O’Mahony all had goal chances to stretch Inniscarra’s lead — the latter opting to put a 28th-minute penalty over the bar — but despite those missed opportunities, they still lead 0-13 to 0-11 at the break.

Early points in the second period from Coleman and O’Connell had them four clear but after James Deasy and substitute Sean O’Callaghan exchanged scores, Jamie Wall cut the difference to one when he won a Darren Hickey delivery and cleverly batted the ball beyond goalkeeper John O’Keeffe.

Inniscarra face Argideen Rangers to avoid a relegation battle in the next round.

Scorers for Kilbrittain: J Wall 1-4 (1f); M Sexton (3f), R Cashman (3f, 2 65) 0-5 each; A Hayes 0-3; N Quinlan, J Deasy, V O’Brien, David Desmond 0-1 each.

Scorers for Inniscarra: A O’Mahony 0-7 (4f, 1 65, 1 pen); M Coleman 0-4; D O’Connell 0-3; C Casey, S O’Callaghan 0-2 each; T Murphy, A Sheehan, L O’Brien, J Casey 0-1 each.

KILBRITTAIN: R Hayes; P Ryan, J Murphy, Damien Desmond; J Deasy, R Cashman, M Deasy; V O’Brien, D Hickey; M Sexton, O Sexton, A Hayes; N Quinlan, J Wall, David Desmond.

Subs: C Hickey for Murphy (7), C O’Leary for J Deasy (56).

INNISCARRA: J O’Keeffe; B O’Keeffe, K Burke, D O’Callaghan; J O’Callaghan, L Ó Riain, G Burke; A O’Mahony, M Coleman; T Murphy, A Sheehan, D O’Connell; L O’Brien, C Casey, J Casey.

Subs: S O’Callaghan for O’Brien (ht), J Murphy for J Casey (54).

Referee: Denis O’Leary (Watergrasshill).

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