Mitchelstown 2-14 Glanworth 1-9
A masterclass from Mitchelstown’s Cathal O’Mahony and goals from Sean O'Sullivan and Shane Cahill helped Mitchelstown’s intermediate footballers cruise past neighbours and fierce rivals Glanworth in Mallow on Sunday afternoon.
A tally of 0-8 from O'Mahony as well as some brilliant link up play from the centre forward, set the men in red and black on the road to victory – confirming their status as a side to watch in this unconventional season.
The early exchanges were fast and furious with both sides making their mark on the scoreboard with ease.
Glanworth led with a brace of scores from Shane O’Riordan and Stephen Condon while Mitchelstown kept pace with a point from Mikey Walsh.
Still only three minutes on the clock and Mitchelstown bagged the first major with a composed finish from O’Sullivan which was followed by a brace from O'Mahony to push them into a three point advantage.
Glanworth stuck to their task but it was Mitchelstown that had the bit between their teeth and another O’Mahony point was followed by a second goal – this time it was Shane Cahill that did the damage.
The victors cruised to the water break and on to the half time interval with some sublime scores and a work rate that few sides at this or any other grade could muster.
Glanworth did manage one late score in the half to cut the gap to 10 points but even with 30 left it was clear that this one was going to be difficult to save.
Glanworth continued to battle and got a life line with a goal from first half substitute Diarmuid Colfer but that was to be as good as it got as Mitchelstown deservedly took the spoils.
C O’Mahony 0-8 (six frees); S Cahill 1-1, S O’Sullivan 1-0; M Walsh 0-2 (two frees), A Walsh 0-1, D Reidy-Price, C English 0-1 each.
D Colfer 1-0; M Sheehan 0-3; S Condon 0-2; E O’Donoghue (free), S O’Riordan, G O’Neill, D Connolly 0-1 each.
L Hanna; K Roche, F Herlihy, L Finn; C English, S Beston, P Molloy; S Walsh, M Walsh; S O’Sullivan, C O’Mahony, P Magee; J Sheehan, S Cahill, D Reidy-Price.
G Carroll for P McGee (40), A O’Brien for J Sheehan (52), D Flynn for S O’Sullivan (52), D Dineen for M Walsh (58).
W Jackson; T Condon, J Coughlan, K Blackburn; D Connolly, P Blackburn, W Blackburn; D Pyne, P Hannon; E O’Donoghue, G O’Neill, J Fitzgibbon; J O’Sullivan, S O’Riordan, S Condon.
D Colfer for J Fitzgibbon (28), M Sheehan for S O’Riordan (ht), P O’Driscoll for S O’Riordan (40), R O’Driscoll for P Hannon (43), B Gallagher for W Blackburn (50).
J O’Leary (Mallow)