Argideen shock Kanturk

Argideen Rangers shocked a fancied Kanturk in a thrilling Cork IHC first round clash at Coachford on Saturday.

Kanturk, with county players, Lorcan McLoughlin, Anthony Nash and Aidan Walsh in their ranks, were blown away by Argideen’s intensity. Rangers started brilliantly and points by Mikey Walsh and Brian Hennessy settled them before McLoughlin opened the Kanturk account after eight minutes. But Argideen quickly went on the offensive. In the 15th minute Joe Murphy found Walsh who fired to the net.

A shell-shocked Kanturk managed two late points to trail by seven at the interval (1-7 to 0-3).

Argideen stormed out on the restart and extended their lead with Brian Hennessy fired past the helpless Nash in the 34th minute.

Nash was moved from his goalkeeping role to add firepower to Kanturk’s attack but in the 45th minute the game was over as a contest when Argideen registered a third goal with Finbarr Butler punishing a defensive lapse.

Walsh fired over two quality side line cuts while Nash buried a 21-yard free to the net with five minutes left.

Scorers for Argideen Rangers: F Butler 1-3 (0-2f), M Walsh 1-2, B Hennessy 1-1, M O’Callaghan 0-2 (f), J M O’Callaghan 0-1.

Scorers for Kanturk: A Walsh 0-4, A Nash 1-0, L McLoughlin (f), D Kenneally, M Healy, J Healy, R Fanning (0-1each).

ARGIDEEN RANGERS: N Coomey; R Smith, L Harte, D Connolly; P Butler, M O’Callaghan, E O’Brien; J Deasy, C O’Brien; J M O’Callaghan, J Murphy, M Coomey; M Walsh, B Hennessy, F Butler.

Subs: N Harte for J Deasy (55), A O’Leary for J Murphy (59).

KANTURK: A Nash; S Walsh, D Duane, E O’Connor; L O’Neill, L McLoughlin, W Murphy; J McLoughlin, J Carver; J Healy, A Walsh, M Healy; M O’Riordan, C Burke, D Kenneally.

Subs: D Kearney for J Carver (38), R O’Sullivan for M O’Riordan (45), R Fanning for C Burke (49), K Smith for D Kenneally (55).

Referee: D Daly (Brian Dillons).

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