O’Driscoll’s hat-trick drives Carbery

Carbery 4-14 Seandun 0-10

O’Driscoll’s hat-trick drives Carbery

Though their city rivals grabbed the first two points of the game, once Carbery found traction in attack they met with little resistance, cruising to a 13-point half-time advantage.

The attacking tandem of Ruairí Deane and Colm O’Driscoll in the Carbery full-forward line yielded rich rewards as they combined for 4-3, with O’Driscoll plundering a hat-trick of goals.

The Cork panellist could not recall the last time he had raised three green flags but preferred not to slap his own back too much: “It doesn’t really matter who puts the ball in the net,” he said.

“We had a sluggish start but we got going after around 10 or 15 minutes. It was a good team performance after that. You don’t ever expect anything easy from Seandun, a few years ago we played them and we were lucky to come out the right side of it.”

O’Driscoll scored the first and third goals as they upped the tempo towards the end of the first half, with Deane’s effort in between. The Tadhg Mac Cárthaighs man, son of Carbery manager Gene, paid tribute to Deane’s abilities at full-forward.

“I know the man a long time now!” he laughed.

“It’s always nice to be at the end of a move but a couple of them were put on a plate for me. Ruairí has a fierce pair of hands, you can go long or short when you have him inside. He’s a great option and he’s easy to play alongside.

“To be honest, I’d prefer to be playing out the field a bit but you have to go where you’re put. I won’t argue with the manager!”

The three goals were all well-worked as Carbery began to get the measure of the Seandun defence, with Mark Sugrue and Declan Barron also on form in attack while former Cork stars Graham Canty and Alan O’Connor got a grip at midfield.

Before that, Seandun had shown signs, with Conor Buckley and Paul Condon pointing early on while Carbery full-back Owen Sexton had to defend well to deny Condon a goalscoring chance.

They would not score again in the first half, though, as Carbery turned with a 3-6 to 0-2 lead. While Eoghan Buckley opened the second-half scoring for Seandun, Carbery always ensured they did enough.

O’Driscoll added his third and his side’s fourth goal on 47, palming in from Deane’s handpass. Prior to that, O’Driscoll had only been denied by a fine Anthony Kidney save after Deane had picked him out.

Condon and Eoghan Buckley did get some late points to redress the scoring balance somewhat, but Carbery added scores through sub Richard O’Sullivan and Deane. With Brian O’Driscoll, Rory O’Sullivan and James O’Donovan to come back into the reckoning, they will certainly be contenders by the time the fourth round approaches.

Scorers for Carbery: C O’Driscoll 3-1, R Deane 1-2, M Sugrue 0-4 (one 45, one free), D Barron 0-3 (two frees), P Daly, A O’Connor, S O’Neill, R O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Seandun: P Condon 0-6 (three frees), E Buckley 0-3 (one free), C Buckley 0-1.

CARBERY: P Prendergast (Bandon); J Downey (Bantry Blues), O Sexton (Kilbrittain), P Murphy (Bandon); J Wall (Kilbrittain), K Harrington (Bantry Blues), P Daly (St Mary’s); A O’Connor (St Colum’s), G Canty (Bantry Blues); K O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaighs), M Sugrue (Bandon), S O’Neill (Bantry Blues); D Barron (Bantry Blues), R Deane (Bantry Blues), C O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaighs).

Subs: J O’Donovan (Bandon) for Harrington (46, black card), S Coughlan for O’Neill (51), C Sugrue (Bandon) for Canty, R O’Sullivan (Kilmacabea) for Barron (both 55), E Goggin (Gabriel Rangers) for M Sugrue, W O’Mahony (Clann na nGael) for Murphy (both 59).

SEANDUN: A Kidney (Passage); C O’Shaughnessy (St Michael’s), E O’Brien (Passage), P Fitzgerald (Mayfield); T Lawrence (Brian Dillons), S O’Donovan (Mayfield), A Nolan (St Michael’s); J Kind (Passage), C Brosnan (Brian Dillons); C Buckley (White’s Cross), P Cronin (St Michael’s), D Brosnan (Brian Dillons); E Buckley (St Michael’s), P Condon (Mayfield), M Ryan (St Michael’s).

Subs: E Buckley (White’s Cross) for Ryan, M Kelleher (White’s Cross) for O’Donovan (both half-time), S Fitzgerald (Mayfield) for Cronin (42), C McCarthy (Brian Dillons) for Nolan (53).

Referee: P O’Leary (Kilmurry).

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