Cian Dorgan the ace as Ballincollig edge Argideen Rangers

Ballincollig 0-9 Argideen Rangers 1-5: A point from a free by Cian Dorgan three minutes from time earned Ballincollig a thrilling victory over Argideen Rangers in the Cork IHC at Kilbrittain yesterday.

Cian Dorgan the ace as Ballincollig edge Argideen Rangers

The victory was deserved, principally because the winners were forced to play almost the entire second-half with 14 players after wing back Colin Moore was sent off for two yellow card offences.

All credit to both teams for serving up a titanic struggle in brutal conditions.

The rain which had threatened before noon, came down in buckets as the game got underway at 4pm, and but for a superb pitch, may well have been called off.

It was a result that delighted Ballincollig manager Danny Dwyer who heaped praise on his charges for the manner in which they turned a half-time goal deficit into a one point winning margin.

“Our lads showed commendable heart and commitment when they went down to 14 men just after half time, and for that alone they deserved the victory”, he said.

“Conditions weren’t conducive to good hurling but credit to both teams, they went at it hammer and tongs from the throw in, and I’m delighted we came out on the right side of the score line”.

The conditions meant scores were hard to come by and after 20 minutes the sides were level at 0-2 apiece. In that period it took two excellent saves by Ballincollig net minder Finbarr Kelly to keep his goal intact.

Argideen had wind advantage from the start and it helped in the 25th minute when centre back Padraig Butler drove a long free deep into the Ballincollig square where Brian Hennessy first timed the sliotar to the net.

With Robert Nolan, Butler and Joe Murphy solid in defence, they were well worth their half time lead of 1-4 to 0-4, although Ballincollig were guilty of poor finishing which saw them hit seven wides in that opening half.

The game had hardly restarted when Ballincollig lost a man, but rather deflate them, it lifted them to trojan heights.

JP Murphy became a commanding figure at centre back and, as Argideen struggled to cope with the ever increasing pressure, the Muskerry side drew level by the 50th minute courtesy of three points from frees by Cian Dorgan.

The Timoleague side needed a score to settle nerves, but the usually reliable JM O’Callaghan missed two frees, before they were given the chance to win the game.

Tension was high as Argideen were awarded a penalty with five minutes to go, but again O’Callaghan failed to score, his powerful shot coming back into play off the butt of the upright before being cleared.

A point from the penalty would have given them the lead and possible victory, but from that let off Ballincollig swept down field to win a 30 metre free, and Cian Dorgan became the hero with the match winning point which puts his side into the last eight against Aghada.

Scorers for Ballincollig:

C. Dorgan 0-6 (frees); D. Collins, C. Sexton, D. Bowen 0-1 each.

Argideen Rangers scorers:

JM O’Callaghan 0-4 (0-3 frees); B. Hennessy 1-0; R. O’Sullivan 0-1.

BALLINCOLLIG:

F. Kelly; N. Galvin, L. Jennings, M. O’Leary; R. O’Doherty, JP Murphy, C. Moore; C. O’Sullivan, A. Donovan; D. Bowen, I. Coughlan, S. O’Donoghue; C. Sexton, C. Dorgan, D. Collins.

Sub:

R. Burke for A. Donovan.

ARGIDEEN RANGERS:

JJ Butler; J. Sheehan, R. Nolan, J., O’Driscoll; J. Deasy, P. Butler, J., Murphy; F. Butler, C. O’Donovan; C. Smith, M. O’Callaghan, JM O’Callaghan; M. Walsh, R. O’Sullivan, B. Hennessy.

Sub:

J. Sheehan for M. Walsh.

Referee:

C. O’Regan (Ballyhea).

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