The fact is that once the experienced Sean O’Brien gave them the boost of a late first half goal and Kevin O’Donovan added another in the 47th minute, St Vincents hadn’t the overall strength to recover and paid the ultimate price by bowing out.
St Vincents went in front through the industrious Cian Barry in the 8th minute and twice regaining the lead after Nemo got their opening scores from a Paddy Gumley free (a few minutes before he was forced off injured) and Shane Martin. However, after Conor Allen levelled the scores at 0-3 each in the 23rd minute and Sean O’Brien had the ball in the net very soon afterwards, they were never to lose the lead.
It was all the more noteworthy that Kerry great Tomás Ó Sé had a major influence in Nemo getting on top — he was seen to best effect in the way he helped to set up attacking moves — because along with John Paul Murphy, he was yellow-carded after an off-the ball incident in the 6th minute. However, a lot of promising play was spoiled by poor shooting, which resulted in nine wides before the break — at which stage they led 1-5 to 0-3.
To their credit, St Vincents showed a significant improvement on the resumption which was to be reflected in three points in quick succession after Patrick O’Sullivan (who had come on for the injured Cian Barry) kicked their first score since the 18th minute. But, despite the fact that Shane Buckley thundered into the game at midfield and Anthony Harte was to get through some good work at wing-forward along with Murphy, the return was minimal.
With Ó Sé confined to a more defensive role as a result of Buckley’s dominant play, Nemo were again guilty of some poor finishing, with Kevin O’Donovan missing a goal chance in the 40th minute. By the time Conor Allen opened their second-half account in the 42nd minute, they had accumulated five more wides, but from there to the finish there was to be a major improvement.
The impressive Allen linked up with Sean O’Brien to set up Kevin O’Donovan for the second Nemo goal and while St Vincents fought back to add on three points, the game was gone out of their reach when Harte missed their best chance of a goal in injury time.
S O’Brien 1-2; K O’Donovan 1-1; C Allen, S Martin and C Kearney 0-2 each; P Gumley (free) and K Weldon 0-1 each.
JP Murphy 0-4 (1 free); P O’Sullivan 0-2; S Buckley, S Cunningham and C Barry 0-1 each.
D Farry; D Barrett, R McCarthy, J Garvin; S Martin, T Ó Sé, P Hogan; K Weldon, B Twomey; K O’Donovan, C O’Donovan, C Allen; P Gumley, S O’Brien, D Kearney.
E Campagno for Gumley (inj 16); C Gould for C O’Donovan (55).
P O’Shea; JP Power, P Cunningham, D Fenton; A O’Callaghan, G McCarthy, S Duggan; D Collins, S Buckley; D Duggan, A Buckley, A Harte; C Barry, S Cunningham, JP Murphy.
K Sorenson for McCarthy (16); P O’Sullivan for Barry (inj ht); J Kelleher for S Cunningham (44); A Good for Power (45); W Long for O’Callaghan (52); R Fielding for P Cunningham (inj. 58).
John O’Leary (Mallow).
Valley Rovers 0-15, Newcestown 0-10.
Ballyhea 0-12, Glen Rovers 1-22.