14-man Éire Óg dig in for courageous win

Éire Óg 2-18 Argideen Rangers 2-15 (aet): A great start and powerful finish was enough to see Éire Óg through Saturday night’s pulsating Cork IHC second round clash with Argideen Rangers at Ballygarvan.

14-man Éire Óg dig in for courageous win

In between, not everything went according to plan and the Ovens outfit had to battle bravely through a difficult second half after losing substitute Dave Sheehan, who picked up two yellow cards inside a minute and was sent off.

Having led 1-10 to 1-6 at the break, 14-man Éire Óg were significantly outscored in the second period and had to rely on a last-gasp pointed free from goalkeeper Dylan Desmond to force the game into extra-time.

Relieved Éire Óg coach Teddy McCarthy was clearly delighted: “Thriller, unbelievable, scary, Éire Óg are inclined to do that, but hurling-wise they have loads of ability.

“Down to 14 men, it was tough, but often when that happens the team tend to play like 16 men at the end. The most important thing is that they dug in.

“Daniel (Goulding) had three or four half-chances of goals, hit the post with one shot and on another day you might be expected to have got scores from that. We could have had a buffer if that happened but it didn’t, yet as a result I think we will be better men for it.”

In defeat, Argideen will still be happy with aspects of their play. They were hit by a flurry of early scores, two points and a goal from Goulding, but responded vigorously although another late first-half scoring spree led by John Dineen and Paul McDonagh allowed Éire Óg enjoy the comfort of a four-point lead at the break.

Dineen struck first for the winners six minutes into the second-half but they had to wait 15 more minutes for their second score as opportunities dried up.

Instead, Argideen pushed on, Finbarr Butler, scorer of their first -half goal, knocked over a couple of points and John Michael O’Callaghan’s goal was crucial in helping his side edge in front towards the end.

Desmond’s injury-time point brought the game to extra-time and, with 15 men back on the field, Éire Ógtook over despite conceding early points.

A Dineen point and Liam Murphy goal had them back in front and they never relinquished that lead to secure the win.

Scorers for Éire Óg:

D Goulding (1-4); J Dineen (0-7, 1 free); L Murphy (1-0); P McDonagh, A O’Mahony (1 free) (0-2 each); D Desmond (free), R O’Sullivan, M O’Shea (0-1 each).

Scorers for Argideen Rangers:

JM O’Callaghan (1-4, 1 ’65, 1 free); F Butler (1-2); J Sheehan (0-3), M O’Callaghan, R O’Sullivan (0-2 each), M Walsh, C Smith (0-1 each).

ÉIRE ÓG:

D Desmond, J Mullins, T O’Leary, A O’Connor, C O’Mahony, D Herlihy, F O’Rourke, A O’Mahony, J Dineen, M O’Shea, D O’Flynn, P McDonagh, D Goulding, L Murphy, E O’Shea.

Subs:

D Sheehan for M O’Shea (injured, 16, red card 33 mins), J Twomey for L Murphy (47), S McCarthy for O’Mahony, injured 52)

ARGIDEEN RANGERS:

JJ Butler, J O’Driscoll, R Nolan, J Sheehan, J Deasy, P Butler, C O’Donovan, JM O’Callaghan, F Butler, J Sheehan, M O’Callaghan, C Smith, M Walsh, R O’Sullivan, E Lawton.

Subs:

D Connolly for C Smith (54), C O’Brien for E Lawton (70), A O’Leary for M Walsh (78)

Referee.

M Maher (St Finbarrs)

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