The quarter-final against Fermoy in Blarney on Saturday was close for the majority of the first half but nearing the interval four unanswered points yielded a three-point cushion for the Muskerry men. While Fermoy cut the deficit to two points, Cill na Martra never looked in danger after shooting five consecutive points around the three-quarter mark.
The victors missed a penalty opportunity as well but still grabbed a goal inside five minutes. Brendan Lynch did the groundwork before Danny O’Connell found Mikey Dineen at the edge of the square and he put his side 1-1 to 0-1 ahead. But once Fermoy settled they replied with points from Jack Hutchings, Pádraigh de Róiste (two) and Ruari O’Hagan to take the lead five minutes from the break.
It looked like being Fermoy’s day after keeper Ivan O’Callaghan denied Martin O’Connor from the penalty spot after the player himself was fouled.
However, Cill na Martra were getting on top at midfield courtesy of high-fielder Sean Kelleher and four points on the trot from O’Connor (two), Kevin O’Sullivan and O’Connell opened up a 1-5 to 0-5 interval advantage.
Fermoy hit back with points from O’Hagan to cut the deficit to two, but the Muskerry side upped the ante once more. Resolute defending, especially from Noel and Colm O’Leary and Tadhg Dineen led to Cill na Martra kicking five points with the effective Mikey Dineen, O’Connor, Kelleher, O’Sullivan and Kevin Hoare showing the way.
By the 55th minute Cill na Martra had stretched their advantage 1-11 to 0-7 while also managing to hold Fermoy scoreless for 25 minutes. Consequently, the North Cork outfit were forced to go for goals but they could only manage late points from Tomás Clancy and Ronan O’Callaghan.
Scorers for Cill na Martra: M Ó Duinnín 1-2, M Ó Conchúir 0-3 (0-2 frees), D Ó Conaill and C Ó Suilleabháin 0-2 each, S Ó Ceilleachair and C Ó hÚidhir 0-1 each.
Scorers for Fermoy: R O’Hagan 0-3, P De Roiste 0-2, J Campion (f), J Hutchings (45), T Clancy and R O’Callaghan (f) 0-1 each.
CILL NA MARTRA: E Ó Duinnín; T MacSuibhne, C Ó Laoire, M Ó Goillidhe; N Ó Laoire, B Ó Loingsigh, T Ó Duinnín; S Ó Ceilleachair, C MacSuibhne; C Ó hÚidhir, D Óg Ó Laoire, M Ó Conchúir, M Ó Duinnín, C Ó Suilleabháin, D Ó Conaill.
Subs: S Ó Duinnín for D Ó Conaill (58), P Ó hAodha for D Óg Ó Laoire (61), S Ó Loingsigh for C Ó Suilleabháin (65).
FERMOY: I O’Callaghan; P Clancy, B O’Callaghan, J Daly; J O’Sullivan, D O’Carroll, S Shanahan; J Hutchings, T Clancy; A O’Connor, R O’Callaghan, B O’Sullivan; J Campion, R O’Hagan, P De Roiste.
Subs: E Clancy for J O’Sullivan (37), S McCarthy for A O’Connor (44), A Baragry for S Shanahan (50), K Morrisson for B O’Sullivan (53).
Referee: J Larkin (Douglas).