Corkery’s ten-point haul fires Aghabullogue

Aghabullogue 0-13 Mayfield 0-9

Most of the damage was done on the approach to half time when Aghabullogue kicked five points without reply. Mayfield battled back to within two but Aghabullogue booked their place in the next round courtesy of three vital frees from Corkery in the final minutes.

Mayfield had to rearrange their team after losing corner back Sean O’Sullivan in the warm up and while they opened the scoring with a Barry Hegarty point they were outplayed for a lot of the half, playing into the wind. Aghabullogue led 0-3 to 0-2 but a blistering five-minute spell coming up to the break resulted in four Corkery points and one from Evan O’Sullivan to give them a 0-8 to 0-2 lead.

The Muskerry outfit maintained their six-point lead after the restart, 0-10 to 0-4. Paul Condon then hit the target with four frees and suddenly the difference was back to two. But Corkery rose to the challenge to increase the margin to five.

Condon received a straight red with three minutes remaining. Mayfield needed a goal but had to be content with a late Hegarty point and they’ll face Kildorrery in the second round.

Scorers for Aghabullogue: J Corkery 0-10 (8fs), G Long, E O’Sullivan and P Finnegan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayfield: P Condon 0-5fs, B Hegarty 0-3, R Scannell 0-1.

AGHABULLOGUE: J Buckley; D Murphy, D Twomey, G Long; R Dennehy, M Dennehy, A Hogan; B Buckley, A Barry Murphy; E O’Sullivan, J Kelleher, S O’Sullivan; P O’Rourke, P Finnegan, J Corkery.

Subs: S Dennehy for P O’Rourke (42), D O’Leary for M Dennehy (bs 58-62).

MAYFIELD: R Quaine; D Lucey, P Fitzgerald, B O’Leary; B Punch, S Hackett, G Looney; S O’Donovan, C Bond; B Hegarty, S Fitzgerald, N Kelly; K Punch, P Condon, R Scannell.

Subs: T Lotty for R Scannell (22), G Lehane for S Hackett (ht), D O’Neill for B O’Leary (52).

Referee: D Shorten (St Mary’s).

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