Quick-fire goals seal it for impressive Bishopstown

Bishopstown 4-07 Clonakilty 1-07

Seven of the players involved in last week’s Cork SHC semi-final win featured in this victory which sets up a quarter-final place against Carbery Rangers in the senior football championship.

Three quick goals after the restart swung the tie in Bishopstown’s favour and continues a remarkable season for the club’s senior team with the hurling decider less than a fortnight away.

Football manager Brian Cuthbert admitted it is balancing act, but a welcome one. “Our club is doing its absolute damndest to facilitate the two teams and both I and the hurling management are trying our best to facilitate it, but obviously we are taking from them. We were leaving the club today and we saw six hurlers training, but not a bother. This is what we are so used to all year and I could imagine Sars with 35 fellows training!’’

The Bishopstown goal rush – begun by Fiachra Ó Deasúnaigh 25 seconds after the resumption and followed by Denis Crowley and Conor Dorman in the 34th and 35th minutes – came after a closely contested first-half which ended level at 0-4 each.

Bishopstown created goal chances in the early stages with Dorman hitting a powerful shot against the crossbar in the 7th minute and shooting narrowly wide in the 19th. Overall, they were winning much more possession, helped by a dominant midfield pairing of Patrick Cronin and Alan O’Connor, a more creative attack and a height advantage in the full-forward line which would have yielded a bigger return but for the excellence of the Clonakilty full-back Tony Anglin.

As early as the 5th minute, the West Cork side were themselves in hard luck with a goal chance, when a good move ended with Conor McManus (at one stage a member of the extended Donegal squad) denied by inter-county goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran. However, having fallen behind by three points by the 9th minute, they were level seven minutes later through the industrious Pádraig Griffin. He was the target of a lot of their forward moves and only returning from injury, he didn’t get a decent return. Then, after Jack O’Shea put Bishopstown back in front, Clon drew level in injury time with a free from Colin O’Donovan just after he had been introduced.

Within five minutes the game had changed dramatically, starting with a high ball in from Paul Honohan from which Ó Deasúnaigh found the net. And with the impressive Dorman also chipping in with two well-taken ‘45’s, Bishopstown quickly had 3-5 on the scoreboard.

Clonakilty, to their credit, never relaxed their effort and were rewarded with a 48th minute goal from Howard Kenny, while the hard-working Johnny Leahy had the misfortune to put the ball over the bar in the 52nd minute after a promising move. Shortly after that, substitute Chris O’Neill completed the Bishopstown goal-scoring and it rounded off an excellent display.

Scorers for Bishopstown: C. Dorman 1-2 (2 ‘45s); F. Ó Deasúnaigh, C. O’Neill and D. Crowley 1-0 each; P. Honohan 0-2 (1f); A. O’Connor, D. Hickey and J. O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clonakilty: H. Kenny 1-0; J. Leahy 0-3 (1f); C. O’Donovan 0-2 frees; C. McManus (f) and P. Griffin 0-1 each.

BISHOPSTOWN: K. O’Halloran; J. O’Sullivan, E. Byrne, I. Jones; N. O’Donovan, E. Deasy, M. Power (capt.); P. Cronin, A. O’Connor; C. Dorman, D. Hickey, J. O’Shea; P. Honohan, D. Crowley, F. Ó Deasúnaigh.

Subs: C. O’Neill for Dorman (48); J. McLoughlin for O’Donovan (inj. 55); B. O’Callaghan for Hickey (58); D. O’Connor for O’Shea (60).

CLONAKILTY: P. O’Regan; L. Lyons, T. Anglin, D. Horan; D. Murphy, T. Clancy, D. Lyons; T. Anglin, S. Nagle; D. O’Regan, P. Griffin, H. Kenny; J. Leahy, M. O’Brien, C. McManus.

Subs: C. O’Donovan for O’Brien (inj. 20); B. O’Sullivan for T. Anglin (41); G. Barry for D. O’Regan (48); S. White for L. Lyons (50); B. O’Mahony for McManus (58).

Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers).

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