The Cork senior lofted over 10 points from a range of angles and distances and his left-footed effort from the left flank in injury-time put the seal on a deserved win for his side.
O’Connor had seven of his side’s eight first-half scores and though his influence was curbed somewhat on the restart, he then tracked back to aid his defence when Adrigole began to mount a considerable challenge.
The Beara men looked out of sorts in the opening half as they played into a strong wind blowing towards the town as O’Connor and Niall Fleming dictated matters early on.
The Ballydesmond tactic was simple – get the ball to O’Connor and he had five points on the board after 10 minutes before Adrigole switched things around. They managed to get off the mark through their best player, David Harrington, after a quarter of an hour and proceeded to enjoy a good spell over the next 10 minutes, closing the gap through Liam Harrington and Kevin Ger O’Sullivan.
But O’Connor had the final say of the half with two neat efforts in the space of a minute to leave his side leading 0-8 to 0-3 at the interval.
Facing into the elements in the second half, the Duhallow men were forced to change tactics and played a more possession-based game. Fleming stretched their margin to six with a fisted effort on 33 minutes but Adrigole came back once more. Brendan Ger O’Sullivan walloped over a mighty score on 34 minutes to embellish a good outing by him at midfield while he, and David Harrington chipped away at the deficit and by the three-quarter stage it was 0-11 to 0-8. Kevin Goggin and Brendan Ger clipped over two more points as their following began to find their voice and the margin was now down to two. But Ballydesmond kicked again and Paudie Breen stung them back into life with a point on 48 before Kevin Ger and Thomas O’Sullivan kept their side within two points.
But Donncha O’Connor then began getting his hands on the ball in more his scoring range and when he fired over that beauty in injury time to stretch their lead to three, there was never a doubt. They won possession from the restart and Breen repeated the act, with O’Connor landing his 10th just before full time.
Scorers for Ballydesmond: D O’Connor 0-10 (0-2f), P Breen 0-3, N Fleming 0-2 (0-1f), J Healy 0-1.
Scorers for Adrigole: D Harrington 0-3, B O’Sullivan 0-3 (0-1f), K O’Sullivan 0-2, L Harrington, K Goggin, T O’Sullivan (0-1) each.
BALLYDESMOND: F O’Sullivan; D Kelly, J Healy, T Howard; D Kelly, S Murphy, J O’Keeffe; S Kelleher, B O’Callaghan; N O’Leary, D O’Connor, B Fleming; N Fleming, D Kelly, P Breen.
Sub: J O’Leary for D Kelly (54).
ADRIGOLE: W O’Sullivan; M O’Neill, T O’Shea, S O’Shea; K O’Sullivan, D carey, L Harrington; B Goggin, B O’Sullivan; C O’Sullivan, K O’Sullivan, P Green; K Goggin, D Harrington, T O’Sullivan.
Subs: M O’Sullivan for C O’Sullivan (50).
Referee: Nathan Wall (Carrigaline).