In tough conditions, Teddy McCarthy’s side started the better with the aid of a strong wind and when Daniel Goulding found the back of James McInerney’s net inside five minutes, a close encounter looked on.
But, that didn’t transpire.
Éire Óg were held scoreless for 16 minutes of the opening half courtesy of good defensive play from Shane Fitzgerald and Will Coffey, while the tactic of applying centre-back Stephen Coughlan as a sweeper in front of Goulding, the mid-Cork men’s main scoring threat, found it hard to get on whatever ball was delivered in to him.
Offensively for Kildorrery, brothers Andrew and Peter O’Brien caused problems all afternoon, as did Eamonn O’Connor. However, it was the efforts of Mark Walsh in the middle of the field that ensured numerous Éire Og attacks collapsed.
The sides were level entering the second quarter (1-2 to 0-5), but when O’Connor was pulled down inside the square in the 24th minute, referee Patrick O’Driscoll signalled a penalty and the game’s top scorer, Peter O’Brien, did the honours to put Kildorrery 1-7 to 1-2 in front at half-time.
On the restart, Éire Óg were a different side however, and with pressure being applied by their attackers, Kildorrery were finding it hard to work the ball up field. Eamonn O’Connor and John Dineen points rallied Teddy McCarthy’s men but they were always chasing the game. Quite simply Kildorrery never looked like losing this game.
The introduction of Will Fouhy for Kildorrery in the closing stages will give management selection headaches ahead of the next game as his diagonal play opened the game up, and in the final quarter the winners pulled away despite a near goal chance by Éire Óg’s Daniel Goulding going astray on the 56th minute. Things only got worse in the closing stages when Daniel O’Flynn was shown a red card for a second yellow card offence, and ÉireÓg finished the game with 14.
Kildorrery will now face Dripsey, and will be favourites to progress there too.However some work will be needed to withstand the high physical stakes that encounter is likely to produce with a handful of players having had to be attended to during yesterday’s showdown in Mallow.
P O’Brien 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-3 frees, 0-1 65), A O’Brien 0-2 (0-1f), E O’Connor 0-2, D Kelly and W Fouhy 0-1each.
D Goulding 1-0, C O’Shea 0-2 (frees), M O’Shea, D Desmond and J Dineen 0-1 each.
J McInerney; C Baoil, S Fitzgerald, W Coffey; J O’Sullivan, S Coughlan, R McInerney; M Woods, G McCarthy; F Stapleton, D Kelly, A O’Brien; E O’Connor,P O’Brien, S Kelly.
Subs: W Fouhy for G McCarthy (44), J O’Gorman for R McInerney (45), T Condon for E O’Connor (54), T Monaghan for S Kelly (55).
D Desmond; J Mullins, T O’Leary, A O’Connor; C O’Mahony, D Herlihy, J Twomey; S McCarthy, J Dineen; D McCarthy, D O’Flynn, Mike O’Shea; D Goulding, D Sheehan, C O’Shea.
Subs: J Malone for D Sheehan (54), R O’Toole for M O’Shea (59) and S Desmond for T O’Leary (61).
P O’Driscoll (Bride Rovers).