The referee’s whistle was constantly on the go as both sides used whatever means possible to stop their opponents getting the upper hand.
Although the justified interventions may have made this game a stop-start affair, the sides still managed to serve up moments of brilliance with wonderful scores lighting up the fixture.
Top of that list was the three scoring contributions of Milford’s roving full-forward Anthony Watson. The talented attacker put in a magnificent display as he pulled off a host of sensational high catches and a hat-trick of impressive points while under pressure.
Watson, who came home from America to take part in this encounter, showed to all what Milford have been missing this season as he gave a superb display of power and passion throughout.
But they were far from a one-man operation with terrific displays served up by half-forward Seanie O’Connell, right full-forward Shane Carroll and centre-back Eoin Dillon.
Dillon and O’Connell in particular shone with the former scoring two long range efforts in the first-half while the latter bagged two tasty points with Carroll notching the games only goal.
Unfortunately for the 17-year-old goalscorer his game came to a premature end as he had to be helped from the pitch after an accidental clash on 38 minutes. Fermoy may have come up short on this occasion but they did lead for the majority of the first half and looked like they had the measure of their opponents until O’Connell’s goal on 30 minutes sent them into the changing rooms trailing by two points, 0-9 to 1-8.
Fermoy’s Achilles heel was undoubtedly their over reliance on the frees of Brian O’Sullivan.
With 11 of his side’s 15 scores coming from frees, the inability of Fermoy’s forward line to get on the scoresheet with any degree of regularity always looked like it could be their downfall.
With O’Sullivan’s accuracy from frees the only real scoring threat brought forward by Fermoy it was no surprise that when Milford got a handle on their foul count the scoring well ran dry.
It wasn’t all bad news for the losers as contributions from Jack Hutchings, Kieran Morrison and O’Connell showed the future should be promising for them.
Scorers for Milford: S O’Connell 0-7 (3fs), S Carroll 1-2, A Watson 0-3, E Dillon 0-2 (f, 1 65), T Flynn, P O’Regan, P Kirwan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Fermoy: B O’Sullivan 0-12 (0-10fs, 1 65), J Hutchings, A O’Connor, K Morrison 0-1 each.
MILFORD: J Linehan; G O’Mahony, J O’Brien, J Leonard; P Watson, E Dillon, B Geary; D Corkery, H O’Gorman; R Villiers, T Flynn, S O’Connell; S Carroll, A Watson, P O’Regan.
Subs: M O’Connell for B Geary (27), P Kirwan for S Carroll (38), P O’Brien for P O’Regan (47), J Cremin for T Flynn (56).
FERMOY: J Condon; J Daly, L Coleman, A Baragry; D Murphy, D O’Carroll, E Clancy; R O’Callaghan, K Morrison; J Hutchings, T Clancy, M Flynn; B O’Sullivan, P Shanahan, A O’Connor.
Subs: I Brennan for M Flynn (ht), T O’Brien for A O’Connor (50), D O’Connell for P Shanahan (52).
Referee: D O’Laoire (Watergrasshill).