Magnificent Hodnett inspires O’Donovan Rossa

O’Donovan Rossa 1-13 Avondhu 1-09

In 1992, O’Donovan Rossa won their first and, as yet, only Cork County SFC title, but they are now just two games away from repeating that feat as they produced a strong finish to see off Avondhu at Macroom yesterday.

When Colm O’Neill scored a fine point for Avondhu in the 44th minute of this quarter-final, it put the divisional side 1-9 to 0-9 ahead and in position to repeat their semi-final appearance of last year.

They would not score again, however. Their Skibbereen opponents drew level when Kevin Davis rounded off a great move to fire to the net, which spurred his side to finish with a flourish, scoring the game’s final four points. While in the first half, a running game didn’t yield full dividends as they almost sought to score the perfect point, the tactic was effective against the wind, to the delight of manager Bobbie O’Dwyer.

“That’s the way it worked for us today, we’re delighted. We’re comfortable with the ball in hand, the guys are all good footballers.”

Donal Óg Hodnett was the scoring star for Skibb, finishing with nine points, his free-taking impressive while he always looked threatening with the ball in hand.

Davis, another youngster, added 1-1, but while he didn’t get on the scoresheet, captain Conor McCarthy played as big a role as anybody, providing composure on the ball and never wasting possession.

“Absolutely,” O’Dwyer agreed, “Conor has probably been the most influential player for Skibbereen for the last several years. With the young fellas, he is the father figure and calms the whole lot down.”

The manner of the win will be most pleasing, however, as Rossa twice faced three-point deficits, the first when O’Neill goaled for Avondhu in the 12th minute after good work by Eoin Stanton and Paul O’Flynn.

That made it 1-2 to 0-2, but like they would do in the second half, Skibb tightened in defence and refused to concede a score for 18 minutes, full-back Alan Tanner effective as he sought to play O’Neill from the front.

With Seán Carmody and John O’Sullivan on top at midfield, Skibb levelled through three Hodnett points and twice went close to a goal, Avondhu full-back Luke Dockery clearing off the line before Colin Crowley crashed a shot off the crossbar.

Wasted chances were costing Skibb, however, and when Avondhu got late chances, they took them, O’Neill and Cian O’Riordan leaving them 1-4 to 0-6 in front at half-time.

Tom Monaghan extended the lead immediately upon the resumption and while two more Hodnett frees tied matters, O’Riordan, O’Neill and Teddy O’Shea looked to have put Avondhu in the box seat as they led by three with the wind. Davis’s goal, following link-up play by O’Sullivan, Donal Óg Hodnett and his brother Eoin, gave Skibb hope again, and with the bulk of the crowd shouting them on, they improved as the end neared.

Another pair of Hodnett frees pushed Skibb into their biggest lead of the match, O’Riordan and O’Neill with wides at the other end, and then sub Thomas Hegarty, just on, made it a goal game.

Avondhu searched for it, but stout defending frustrated them and a Skibb counter-attack ended with wing-back Gerard Minihane finding centre-back Paddy Nealon to fist over. A first semi-final since 1994 awaits for them, with Douglas or Duhallow their opponents.

Scorers for O’Donovan Rossa: D Óg Hodnett 0-9 (0-7f), K Davis 1-1, P Nealon, E Hodnett, T Hegarty 0-1 each.

Scorers for Avondhu: C O’Neill 1-5 (0-2f), C O’Riordan 0-2, T O’Shea, T Monaghan 0-1 each.

O’DONOVAN ROSSA: R Price; D Hazel, A Tanner, E Nealon; G Minihane, P Nealon, P Crowley; J O’Sullivan, S Carmody; R Long, D Óg Hodnett, E Hodnett; K Davis, C McCarthy, C Crowley.

Subs: R Hodnett for Crowley (half-time), T Hegarty for O’Sulliva (56).

AVONDHU: C Conway (Clyda Rovers); C O’Sullivan (Clyda Rovers), L Dockery (Mallow), C Kenny (Clyda Rovers); P O’Flynn (Ballyclough), C O’Connell (Killavullen), E O’Connor (Kildorrery); P Kissane (Clyda Rovers), H Dockery (Mallow); E Stanton (Mallow), C O’Riordan (Mallow), M Sheehan (Glanworth); V O’Donoghue (Araglin), C O’Neill (Ballyclough), T O’Shea (Ballyclough).

Subs: C Flanagan (Clyda Rovers) for Sheehan (51), S Fitzgerald for Stanton (53).

Referee: J Dorgan (Nemo Rangers).

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