Blarney raise game to see off Tracton

Blarney 1-16 Tracton 0-15

Blarney raise game to see off Tracton

Trailing 0-10 to 0-8 at half-time – it was 0-9 to 0-4 at one stage – Blarney got a boost through Peter O’Driscoll’s goal at the outset of the second half and never trailed thereafter.

Tracton scored the game’s first four points, shared by Ronan Walsh and Shane Brick, and were far better for almost all the opening period. Kerry star Brick was in excellent form and, but for some avoidable wides, they would have been further in front.

Though O’Driscoll and a Mark Cremin free got Blarney off the mark, they were still second best and a fine Michael O’Sullivan point made it 0-9 to 0-4 by the 19th minute.

They would only garner one more score before half-time though, as Walsh converted a free in the 24th minute, and the wides tally was worryingly mounting. In contrast, Blarney finally began to kick into gear. Cremincut the gap with three in a row and then a Mark O’Learypoint ensured they trailed by just two at half-time.

Less than a minute after the resumption, they had the lead and it was one they would not relinquish. Tracton keeper Damian Walsh didn’t deal with O’Connell’s delivery and though he then pulled off a super save from Colin Murphy, O’Driscoll poked the loose ball home.

Midfielder Brian Hurley added another point straight after, followed by another Cremin free. In addition, Blarney’s defensive reshuffle, with Paul O’Leary marking Brick and allowing Joe Jordan pick up the breaks, meant they were firmly on top.

Ronan Walsh’s frees kept Tracton in touch and with 14 minutes left, Brick rounded off a good move to leave just a point in it, 1-13 to 0-14.

That was still the case four minutes later after O’Driscoll and Tracton sub David O’Callaghan exchanged points but Tracton were unable to mount a comeback.

Blarney kicked on, with O’Connell scoring a lovely point and Cremin remaining deadly from placed balls. Colin Murphy had a chance to clinch it in the final minute but Damian Walsh pulled off another fine save. At the other end, Ronan Walsh flashed a speculative shot wide and that was Tracton’s final chance, with Cremin ensuring a four-point win.

Blarney advance to round four, while Tracton meet Watergrasshill in the third round.

Scorers for Blarney: M Cremin (0-8fs), P O’Driscoll (1-2), M O’Leary (0-3), B O’Connell (0-2), B Hurley (0-1).

Scorers for Tracton: R Walsh (5fs), S Brick (0-5 each), C McGuinness, K Lynch, M O’Sullivan, D O’Callaghan, S O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

BLARNEY: P Hallissey; D Cronin, P O’Leary, D Walsh; J Barrett, J Jordan, P Philpott; B Hurley, M Cremin; M O’Leary, JD Good, O O’Connor; B O’Connell, P O’Driscoll, C Murphy.

Subs: S McSweeney for Walsh (16-19, blood sub), D Dunlea for Good (49).

TRACTON: D Walsh; M Barry, K Corrigan, C McGuinness; B Lynch, S O’Sullivan, T McGuinness; K Lynch, J Good; D Kiely, S Brick, M O’Sullivan; R Walsh, Joe Kingston, G Kingston.

Subs: John Kingston for S O’Sullivan (1-3, blood sub), R Cronin for B Lynch (ht), D O’Callaghan for G Kingston (48), John Kingston for Kiely (57).

Referee: K Murphy (Nemo Rangers).

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