A late surge a week previous handed them a second chance and they duly took the opportunity in this replay with open arms. They led for most of the 60 minutes plus, looked comfortable all through, and with midfielder Ryan Denny rifling over 12 magnificent points — making light of the difficult conditions — they thoroughly deserved their win.
“This means everything to this club,” said manager Brian Ronayne. “We have been starved. We learned from the last day, I suppose that was the difference. We made a few changes and it worked. All the players showed up today. We dug deep when we needed to.”
The east Cork champions had the wind to their backs in the first half and slowly gained momentum. They led 0-6 to 0-2 after 10 minutes. Denny, Shane Hegarty and Niall Motherway picking off their points – in one of the key switches from the drawn game Motherway lined out at centre-back and anchored the defence superbly from the pivotal position.
Very little leeway was given to Cloughduv who found scores hard to come by.
With 10 minutes to go to the half, they were 0-10 to 0-3 in arrears – Colm Ryan registering twice from open play. By the interval Dungourney were in front by double scores 0-12 to 0-6 – Jerry Lucey finding the range three times for Cloughduv from frees. By contrast Dungourney had six different scorers on the board.
As expected, Cloughduv ramped things up a bit after the restart and by the three-quarter stage they had cut the margin to five points but they were too reliant on Lucey for flags. He also went for goal from a close-in free but crucially it was saved by a defiant Dungourney rear-guard. Meanwhile, Denny was superb from placed balls whilst Shane Casey whipped over a real beauty of a point to push them 0-16 to 0-11 to the good with the fourth quarter left to play.
And with their players in outstanding form all over the field they was no way they were going to let this one go. They were on a mission and they didn’t let up. Denny (3), Jack Griffin and Paudie Harney added points before Shane Hegarty put the icing on the cake with his 61st minute goal.
Heartbreak again for Cloughduv, and there was more misery when Ger Ahern received a red card near the end.
With the title now safely in the bag and the John Quirke Cup residing in Dungourney, next up is the Munster club semi-final away to the winners of Dromcollogher/Broadford and Dr Crokes on November 15.
R Denny (0-12), S Hegarty (1-2), J Griffin and S Casey (0-2 each), P Harney, N Motherway and J Leahy (0-1 each).
J Lucey (0-5 frees), B Ahern and C Ryan (0-2 each), J Ryan and E Clifford (0-1 each).
D Hennessy; E Ahern, M Hegarty, M Wall; J Ronayne, N Motherway, J McCarthy; B Ahern, R Denny; J Griffin, J Leahy, Kenneth Kelleher; S Hegarty, S Casey, P Harney.
S Hickey for J Ronayne (35), Kevin Kelleher for E Ahern (55), K Rohan for J Leahy (58).
C O’Driscoll; P O’Sullivan, A Ahern, L Long; A Murphy, A Cronin, J McCarthy; S Curzon, D O’Sullivan; D Corkery, B Ahern, C Ryan; J Ryan, J Lucey, M Walsh.
S O’Connor for S Curzon (25), E Clifford for A Cronin (39), G Ahern for D O’Sullivan (42), T McCarthy for M Walsh (56).
Colm Lyons (Nemo Rangers).