Relief as Kiskeam advance

Kiskeam 2-09 Carrigaline 1-08

After losing the first round to Na Piarsaigh, the Duhallow side were in no mood to let this opportunity in Mallow slip even though they remain prone to coasting with the job only half done – a fact not lost on manager Jimmy Dennehy.

“We took our foot off the gas against Na Piarsaigh in the first round and paid a heavy price, I thought that might be gone from our game but we did the same here tonight,” he said.

“It is something we really have to work on as we won’t get away with this in the knockout stages.”

While the negatives will weigh heavy with Dennehy, the importance of the win was not lost: “It’s just a major sense of relief now. We are safe in this division, that was always the first priority. We have plenty of time before the next game to work out the problems but tonight it is about relief and pride.”

While Dennehy wasn’t keen to be drawn on the impact of individuals he did have praise for the returning David Scannell.

“David is a very important player for us. He has just returned from Australia and he is a great addition to us, but he is only one of a great panel and the lads will all work hard now get ready for the next challenge in six weeks time.”

Apart from Scannell, the performances of full-forward Billy Dennehy, corner-forward Gene Casey and centre-forward Mike Herlihy were all key to the Kiskeam victory.

For their part, Carrigaline will be disappointed with their showing as they never really got to grips with this game. Niall Coakley, Cillian McIntyre and Barry O’Keeffe shone for the Carrigdhoun side, with substitute Daniel Toomey fisting their only goal in the second period.

Despite going into this game without four top quality players, Nicolas and Peter Murphy, Simon O’Brien (all injured) and David Drake (Australia), Carrigaline opened the stronger and were first to register a score through McIntyre after two minutes. Worryingly though, despite dominating possession, they failed to add to their tally until the 18th minute when full-forward Barry O’Keeffe slotted over the best point of the game.

Kiskeam replied points from Dennehy, Casey and Herlihy in the intervening period and went on to lead 0-6 to 0-3 at the break.

While Carrigaline’s challenge improved after the interval, goals from Scannell and Casey either side of Toomey’s 45 minute intervention sent this game the way of the Duhallow men.

Scorers for Kiskeam: E Casey (1-2), D Scannell (1-1, one free), B Dennehy (0-3, 2 frees), M Herlihy (0-2), N Cronin (0-1).

Scorers for Carrigaline: D Toomey (1-0), K McIntyre (0-3), B O’Keeffe, N Coakley (0-2 each, one free), W O’Brien (0-1).

KISKEAM: A Casey; P Cronin, J Dennehy, D J Casey; AJ O’Connor, D Linehan, S Linehan; M Casey, E O’Mahony; D Fitzgerald, M Herlihy, R Carroll; G Casey, B Dennehy, N Cronin.

Subs: D Scannell for R Carroll (36).

CARRIGALINE: S Mellet; D Spillane, S Griffin, K Forbes; E O’Connor, C Barry, C McSweeney; G Harrington, E Kavanagh; N Coakley, P McGorry, W O’Brien; K McIntyre, B O’Keeffe, M O’Reilly.

Subs: D Toomey for C Barry (inj) (20), C Barry for P McGorry (half time), J Du Puis for M O’Reilly (48).

Referee: D Murnane (Macroom).

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