Ilen set pace after win over Douglas

Ilen Rovers are the early leaders in Division 1 of the Cork County Football League – though only on point scored – after they were one of three two-point winners in the first round of games yesterday afternoon.

The Baltimore side triumphed by 1-12 to 2-7 at home to Douglas, Alan Holland scoring the goal as Cork players Kevin O’Sullivan and Conor O’Driscoll chipped in with three points each. Cormac Collins and Kevin Murphy got Douglas’s goals.

Also victorious were Bishopstown, who came away from their trip to Ballincollig with a 2-7 to 1-8 win. Conor Dorman got the Town’s first goal, converting the rebound after having a penalty saved, and while Ian Coughlan scored an excellent long-range goal for the hosts, a fine individual goal from Jack O’Shea was decisive for the visitors.

Dohenys were 1-10 to 1-8 victors at home to Kiskeam, Jack O’Connell raising a green flag while Donal O’Sullivan got four points and Mark Quinn scored three.

A late Eoin Kelly goal earned Newcestown a 3-10 apiece draw at home to St Finbarr’s, with the other goals having come from Hugh Curran and Daniel Twomey. Robert O’Mahony netted two penalties for the Barrs, Cian Madden getting the other goal.

The remaining top-flight game was also a draw. Colin Crowley got a goal for Tadhg Crowley Cup winners O’Donovan Rossa as they finished with 1-8, Conor McCarthy and Donal Óg Hodnett on target from frees, but that was not enough to better Nemo Rangers, who registered 11 points.

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh and Clyda Rovers were the biggest winners in Division 2, beating Na Piarsaigh and Valley Rovers respectively, and there were also wins for Nemo Rangers’ second team, Bantry Blues, Clonakilty and St Vincent’s.

In Division 3, Kinsale enjoyed a super 3-13 to 1-3 win against Kildorrery to take top spot, trailed by fellow winners Ballydesmond, Newmarket and Éire Óg.

Division 4 action saw wins for Glanworth, Carrigaline, Cill na Martra, Ballinora and Youghal.

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