Refreshing it may have been but it said plenty about the polite manner in which St Vincent’s submitted to Carrigaline’s superiority.
From the throw-in, Cian Barry dashed untouched through the heart of Vincent’s defence and was only denied by a superb Paddy O’Shea stop. It was the first of 13 scoring attempts by Carrigaline in that free-flowing spell.
The fact that they only posted four points gave the City side some solace but Carrig’ were merely shaking the rust off before storming into a 1-7 to 0-2 half-time lead.
It was not the lead that was so devastating but the manner it was earned, as Carrigaline were able to pick out Brian Coakley’s runs from his full-forward base at their leisure.
Indeed Carrig’s opening-half tally included 1-4 from Coakley, with the other three points all directly assisted by the 19-year-old.
His goal, coming in the 28th minute, effectively ended the tie before the break; with captain Barry O’Keeffe fielding a miscued shot on the endline and feeding Coakley at the perfect moment.
At the other end to the teenage target man, Carrigaline’s defence was foot-perfect, pouncing in clusters and rebuffing Vincent’s attackers with precise tackling.
“People outside our own camp say that we don’t have the heart and the drive. We spoke about that during the week and we just put that to bed tonight,” said manager Michael Meaney.
“These fellows want to win something together. They’re a very focused bunch and they showed that in the first half. They want to go places. The days of second best… we’re not looking at that now.” While the team includes the cream of recent underage successes, Nicholas Murphy, in his 21st summer playing Intermediate with the club, added a crucial dash of midfield experience to the mix.
“My policy is you’ll never put a fellow out if he’s not able but these fellows just adapt straight away,” revealed Meaney of his young starters.
“They come out and it’s just another game for them. And when you’ve the likes of Nicholas and Peter Murphy and Barry O’Keeffe around you, it’s easier to look up to these fellows and drive on.”
To their credit, Vincent’s emptied the bench and kept plugging away, scoring six of the game’s final seven points. However their manager Kevin Goulding felt that the cause had been lost long by then:
“The first ball they came out thundering down the centre and we felt we were under pressure. They really threw us all over the place and our gameplan wasn’t working. We reverted back in the second-half and it helped a bit, but the game was lost at that stage.”
B Coakley (1-5, 0-1 free); D Drake (1 free), S O’Brien (0-2 each); E Kavanagh (0-1).
D Duggan (0-4, 3 frees); A Buckley, S Duggan, D O’Connor (free), G Kelleher (0-1 each).
J O’Reilly; P Ronayne, P Murphy, K Forbes; C McSweeney, C Barry, E O’Connor; N Murphy, E Kavanagh; E Ryle, B O’Keeffe, Kevin Kavanagh; D Drake, B Coakley, S O’Brien.
W O’Brien for Ryle (54); Kieran Kavanagh for Kevin Kavanagh (BC, 58); S Griffen for O’Keeffe (BC, 63).
P O’Shea; JP Power, W Long, D Collins; D Fenton, A O’Callaghan, A Harte; S Ray, T O’Connell; D Duggan, S Duggan, D O’Regan; G Kelleher, A Buckley, D O’Connor.
W Murphy for Collins (4, inj), C Barry for Fenton (ht), S Buckley for Ray (BC, 32), A Sorensen for O’Connor (41), J O’Mahony for A Buckley (45), S Cunningham for S Duggan (53).
M Collins (Clonakilty).