After a terrible opening period in which the sides exchanged 18 wides (only scoring nine times between them, 0-6 to 0-3) — the divisional side dragged themselves back to parity on 58 minutes before a goal from sub Stephen O’Reilly two minutes later saw them take the lead for the first time and effectively end the game as a contest.
Duhallow centre-forward Kieran Sheahan impressed throughout, with another substitute Michael Vaughan also contributing well (two points) after coming on in the 38th minute. Other notable contributions came from defenders TJ Brosnan (Meelin) and Kanturk’s Lorcan O’Neill.
Bandon fought to the finish with their number 11 Mark Sugrue giving a wonderful display of long-range points taking (five) — with their roving full-forward Michael Cahalane also hitting five.
Scorers for Duhallow: K Sheahan 0-6 (0-3 frees), S O’Reilly 1-1; M Healy, M Vaughan 0-2 each, S Crowley 0-1.
Bandon scorers: M Sugrue (0-1 free), M Cahalane (0-4 frees) 0-5 each, S Hickey 0-1.
DUHALLOW: D Kearney (Kanturk); S Walsh (Kanturk),TJ Brosnan (Meelin), K Tarrant (Meelin); L O’Neill (Kanturk), K Sheahan (Kilbrin), D Sheahan (Kilbrin); P Egan (Kilbrin), C Noonan (Lismire); E Sheahan (Kilbrin), T O’Rielly (Kilbrin), M Healy (Kanturk); A O’Flynn (Freemount), B Barry (Castlemagner), S Crowley (Kilbrin). Subs: S O’Reilly for B Barry (38), M Vaughan for A O’Flynn (38), D McAulliffe for T O’Reilly (47).
BANDON: J McSweeney; A O’Connell, P Crowley, M Beechor; C Swanton, P Murphy, C Lynch; M Minihane, F O’Leary; O Healy M Sugrue, C Murphy; D O’Donovan, M Cahalane, R Fogarty. Subs: S Hickey for R Fogarty (half time).
Referee: D Daly (Brian Dillons).