Cork GAA round-up: Ballincollig cruise to semi-final; Shamrocks and Harbour Rovers claim Junior titles

John Miskella of Ballincollig scores a point under pressure from Castlehaven. Pic: Larry Cummins

“In training, they’ll do anything you ask them to do. They’d go through a brick wall for you"

Cork SFC quarter-final

Ballincollig 3-15

Castlehaven 0-7

Ballincollig cruised to a SFC quarter-final after defeating Castlehaven with 17 points to spare.

The Muskerry outfit were boosted to victory by Cian Dorgan’s 1-6 haul while Ian Coughlan and Sean Kiely also found the net. John Miskella kicked four points.

Castlehaven could only manufacture scores through Sean Cahalane (3) Damien Cahalane, Stephen Collins and Conor O’Driscoll.

Ballincollig now face old rivals Nemo Rangers in the quarter finals.

Cork Premier IFC semi-final

Fermoy 4-10

Eire Og 0-9

Fermoy progressed to the final in some style, netting four goals against a tired Eire Og outfit.

11 points to the good by halftime- thanks to goals from Ronan O'Callaghan, Padraig Clancy and Tomas Clancy- Fermoy continued to command the game after the interval with Kieran Morrisson finishing off the job.

On the Eire Og side, Daniel Goulding and Kevin Hallissey  did all they could to keep their championship afloat, with the former firing over five points.

Cork IHC quarter-final

Aghada 3-17

Meelin 1-11

A determined Meelin side were swept away by the strength of Aghada in the IHC quarter-final in Mourneabbey.

 Pearse O'Neill offered his side a breakaway when he netted the first of the East Cork side's three goals, Cian Fleming and man of the match John Looney sealed the deal with goals of their own.

James Forrest got a goal back in the second half, and Jason O'Callaghan hit three points in quick succession to keep the North Cork outfit in the race.

It was to be Aghada's day however, with Looney bagging a total of 1-9.

Cork IFC quarter-final

Millstreet 0-15

St Finbarr's 0-13

Millstreet had to doggedly defend their two point lead late in the game but stood tall against St Finbarr’s in this pulsating quarter-final fixture.

For Barr’s, Robert O’Mahony and Cathal McCarthy were most impressive scoring four points each while the winning side were guided by the outstanding Tadgh Collins and Kevin Crowley.

The semi-final will be contested against fellow North Cork outfit Rockchapel.

Cork IHC relegation play-off

Milford 0-21

Na Piarsaigh 2-10

Milford have survived in the IHC after seeing off Na Piarsaigh in a sodden Churchtown over the weekend.

Paddy O’Regan fired over eight points for the winners and Anthony Watson bolstered that lead with four.

Cian O’Mahony and Padraig Guest managed goals for the losing side.

South East Cork JFC final

Shamrocks 0-9

Ballinhassig 0-8

Shamrocks ended a 22 year championship drought in Belgooly after a one-point victory over Ballinhassig with Dara O’Sullivan kicking five points.

An ecstatic Michael Kidney paid tribute to his players’ commitment in times that proved difficult for the club.

“In training, they’ll do anything you ask them to do. They’d go through a brick wall for you. We’re 22 years trying to win a South East title and we badly needed this.”

On the losing Ballinhassig side, Diarmuid O’Sullivan was the go-to man, kicking five points of his own.

Avondhu JAHC final

Harbour Rovers 1-19

Ballyhooly 2-12

Harbour Rovers retained their JAHC title after a hard-fought victory over Ballyhooly in Kildorrery.

Nothing separated the sides and the half-time score of 7 points apiece reflected the match.

Then came the second half where Shane O’Riordan nudged a goal past Ballyhooly, who responded in kind with scores from Gerry O’Connor and Jake Mehigan.


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