Macroom on the move again

Macroom 3-13 Glenville 1-03

In Ballincollig on Saturday they well and truly rediscovered their form to coast into round four.

They played exceptionally well against the wind in the first half with full-forward David Goold supplying three classy goals. The outcome was effectively decided at the change of ends after which they led 3-6 to 0-1.

Trainer Noel Twomey said the performance was a big step up from their previous outing but admitted to being worried coming into this game.

“That was a serious hammering we got from St Michael’s. We went back to the drawing board, stripped the team, put it back together and the lads responded. We worked on a lot of things and what we worked on paid off.

“Last year we went through an awful time [relegation dogfight]. I was afraid coming into this match it could go the same way but the lads were focused. Our workrate tonight was completely different from the St Michael’s match. We took our eye off the ball against St Michael’s. We underestimated them a bit I’d say. But we have been working on tackling. In the first half we definitely turned over 50% of possession.”

Macroom were four points to the good before David Goold drilled home a penalty. A minute later the same player fielded magnificently before turning to rifle the net and then in stoppage time he got in for a third goal after linking with David Horgan.

His brother Fintan Goold kicked three perfectly judged placed balls from tricky angles off the ground while being constantly involved in general play from centre back. A tight rearguard also included Sean Kiely at wingback. Midfielder Eoin O’Mahony delivered clever ball into his forward line where 19-year-old Patrick Lucey impressed in his first year playing this grade, registering two points from play and one super effort from a 45.

White flags raised by defenders Kiely and Martin O’Donnell, and one from sub Barry O’Donnell after coming in for the injured Tony Dinneen at half time, rounded off an accomplished performance.

Glenville go into round three but could be without full-back Sean O’Callaghan who was forced off injured in the early stages. They played much better in the second half with Mossie Barry’s well-taken goal coming on the three-quarter mark. To their credit they kept trying and finished strong and they know there is more in them. They should also have the experienced Paudie Cahill back for the next day.

Scorers for Macroom: D Goold (3-1, one pen), F Goold (frees) and P Lucey (1 45) (0-3 each), D Horgan (0-2), S Kiely, B O’Donnell, M O’Donnell and I Casey (0-1 each).

Scorers for Glenville: M Barry (1-0), P O’Regan, B Maloney and W Connolly (free) (0-1 each).

MACROOM: J O’Connell; P Lynch, R Buckley, M O’Donnell; S Kiely, F Goold, C Murphy; P Corrigan, E O’Mahony; R O’Dwyer, I Casey, T Dinneen; D Horgan, D Goold, P Lucey.

Subs: B O’Donnell for T Dinneen (ht, inj).

GLENVILLE: P O’Leary; M O’Donoghue, S O’Callaghan, W O’Leary; K Coakley, P O’Regan, P Cronin; N O’Riordan, B Healy; M Barry, E O’Reilly, K O’Neill; B Maloney, W Connolly, J Foley.

Subs: D McCarthy for S O’Callaghan (14 inj), E Barry for J Foley (ht), G Cahill for K O’Neill (42), S Bergin for B Maloney (50).

Referee: David Daly (Brian Dillons).

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