A FINE second-half display from Courcey Rovers saw them power past Inniscarra in the opening round of the Cork PIHC at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.
Trailing by two points at half-time after Aidan O’Mahony’s 29th-minute penalty gave Inniscarra the lead, Courceys looked set for a testing second half, but instead they steamrolled their opponents, limiting them to a point before O’Mahony’s second penalty in the last minute.
Courceys’ left flank provided most of the impetus, as left half-forward Dáire Lordan scored 11 points and was deadly from placed balls. Inside him, Seamus Hayes was extremely dangerous, scoring eight times, all from play, and unlucky not to score a goal.
With Vincent Hurley impressive at centre-back and Sean Lordan getting through plenty of work at midfield, the south-east club were unstoppable after the restart.
Early in the game, the opposite had been the case, as two Dan O’Connell points put Inniscarra ahead in the opening minute and Mike Coleman and O’Mahony drove on their side as Courceys struggled.
Once they settled, though, four in a row, two from Lordan, had them 0-6 to 0-4 ahead, only for their opponents to reply in kind, Coleman’s third making it 0-8 to 0-6 by the 24th minute.
Courceys had edged ahead again before Inniscarra’s first penalty, which O’Mahony nailed, and after he and Niall Murphy exchanged points, it was 1-9 to 0-10 at the interval.
Six minutes into the second half Courceys were in front, Hayes with a brilliant effort while Lordan converted a 65 and a free from halfway.
While O’Mahony did level things again on 37, after that it was all one-way traffic, with Lordan imperious with his frees and Hayes extremely difficult to stop, though a fine clearance off his line by Inniscarra corner-back Liam Ó Riain did deny the attacker a goal in the 47th minute.
Inniscarra’s shooting had deserted them as balls were dropped into Rovers goalkeeper Cathal Nyhan’s hand. They did get a second goal when O’Mahony scored another penalty late on, but by then the game was gone. They will seek redemption in a second-round clash with Aghabullogue or Kilbrittain.
Scorers for Courcey Rovers: Daire Lordan 0-11 (0-7f, 0-3 65), S Hayes 0-8, N Murphy (0-1f) 0-4, K Moloney 0-2, J Murphy, G Minihane 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: A O’Mahony 2-5 (2-0 penalties, 0-5f), M Coleman 0-3, D O’Connell 0-2.
COURCEY ROVERS: S Nyhan; G Moloney, T Lordan, Dan Lordan; O Gately, V Hurley, D Duggan; D Hayes, S Lordan; K Moloney, J Murphy, Daire Lordan; G Moloney, N Murphy, S Hayes.
Subs: G Minihane for G Moloney (48), G Moloney for S Hayes (60).
INNISCARRA: J O’Keeffe; L Ó Riain, K Burke, B O’Keeffe; G Burke, F Olden, J O’Brien; T Murphy, J Casey; J Murphy, M Coleman, L O’Brien; A O’Mahony, C Casey, D O’Connell.
Referee: Colm Lyons (Nemo Rangers).
Picture: Vincent Hurley, Courcey Rovers, puts pressure on, Liam O'Brien, Inniscarra. Picture: Jim Coughlan