The relief in the Yougal camp was palpable, the danger of relegation has passed, and they go into a fourth Cork IFC clash against Kanturk following this deserved triumph over Adrigole at Inchigeelagh on Saturday.
Adrigole face a tough relegation battle now with Millstreet after they struggled through a rather lack-lustre tie, their efforts not helped by the change from sunshine to rain at the throw in.
Two goals, one in each half, was crucial to the outcome but it was Youghal’s better second half performance that ultimately saw them through.
Having led by just a point at the break, they moved on to score 1-4 in the second spell and Adrigole could only muster two points in that last 30, both of them from frees.
All in the Youghal camp were happy and manager Liam Ó Laochdha best summed it up: “We’re very relieved, we have put all the emphasis on hurling so far this year and it has only been little by little as we were getting in the danger area for relegation that the players gradually began to come back.
“But I would like to pay tribute to the guys who played in the preliminary rounds who kept us there and when those lads came back unfortunately the others didn’t get their places.
“I would like to emphasise how grateful we are to those for togging out earlier in the year.
“At the end of 1999 through 2000 and 2001 we had wonderful football, we won two counties in a row (junior and intermediate), went up the senior ranks and were a great football town.
“Then the hurling came back – it goes in cycles – and the way I see it is that we’re here to hold the status until the next crowd come along, this is actually a fierce young team.”
There was a point between the sides at the break, with Adrigole’s David Harrington kicking two points, Kevin Goggin and Tom Joe O’Sullivan one each.
Yet, Youghal led through Paul Moylan (1-1) and a point from the creator of the goal, Danny Walsh. Youghal almost had a goal in the 28th minute when Alan Frahill O’Connor’s angled shot came back off the butt of an upright with Adrigole goal keeper William O’Sullivan beaten.
The third quarter remained competitive with Youghal dominating the run of play but were still just three points to the good. Then Andrew Joyce struck for a point and Moylan finished off the West Cork side with his second goal after 21 minutes. The winners were never in trouble after that, with Kevin Goggin’s free the only Adrigole response.
P Moylan 2-2, D Walsh, K McCarthy (f), A Joyce, R Cunningham 0-1 each.
K Goggin 0-3 (0-1 free), D Harrington 0-2, T J O’Sullivan 0-1 YOUGHAL: S Spillane, M Farrell, B O’Sullivan, R O’Sullivan, R Desmond, J Ormond, N Roche, D Walsh, A Joyce, P O’Driscoll, P Moylan, R Cunningham, K McCarthy, A Frahill O’Connor, O Dempsey.
B Coleman for M Farrell (50), D O’Connell for K McCarthy (54).
W O’Sullivan, C O’Neill, D Carey, L Harrington, A J O’Sullivan, E J O’Sullivan, J Goggin, B Goggin, T O’Shea, TJ O ‘Sullivan, S O’Shea, K Green, K Goggin, D Harrington, G Green.
K Crowley for L Harrington (45), J O’Sullivan for D Harrington 47, black card), M J O’Sullivan for Crowley (52, injured), P Green for T O’Shea (57).
J Ryan (Macroom).