Cork’s U21 All-Ireland may disrupt local fixtures

Cork’s progression to the All-Ireland U21 final, on Saturday, April 30, looks set to disrupt local football championship fixtures.

Sean Hayes has requested that all games involving county players be postponed, in the build-up to their decider against Mayo, in a fortnight.

The Cork football championships were set to begin this week, with a heavy schedule of games down for decision over the next two weekends.

However, the Cork Competitions Control Committee will meet tonight to discuss Hayes’ request, and how it will impact on games.

Blackrock moved to within three points of RedFM SHL leaders, Midleton — with two games in hand — after a 4-11 to 0-14 victory over the Magpies, at Church Road, on Saturday.

The Rockies had built a 0-7 to 0-2 lead in the first-half, with Eoin O’Farrell and Mike O’Halloran among the scorers, when Kevin O’Keeffe pounced on a rebound to send the ball to the Midleton net.

While the visitors responded well, David Cashman’s goal, following a good team move, made it 2-8 to 0-7 for Blackrock, at half-time. Kevin O’Keeffe’s frees ensured that the scoreboard was kept ticking over early in the second-half. Two more goals followed, with Shane O’Keeffe instrumental in both, as he set up Kevin O’Keeffe and Ger O’Regan, to give the hosts daylight at the end.

Yesterday, Ballyhea moved up to fourth place, as they defeated Youghal 2-21 to 1-16. The sides were level at half-time, with Ballyhea on 0-13, and their opponents on 1-10, but second-half goals from Maurice O’Sullivan and Pa O’Callaghan helped the home team to push on. O’Callaghan finished with 1-14, while Gavin Morrissey, John Morrissey, and Barry Coleman also got on the scoresheet for the victors. Brendan Ring contributed 1-8 of Youghal’s tally, with Damien Ring scoring four points.

In the Rochestown Park Hotel FL Division 1, Ilen Rovers recorded a 1-10 to 0-10 victory away to Clyda Rovers, to assume a share of second place, with Carbery Rangers and Ballincollig.

Having trailed by 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time, Ilen were boosted by Cian O’Driscoll’s goal in the second period. Kevin O’Sullivan kicked four points for the Baltimore side, with Conor Harrington getting three, and Seán O’Donovan and David Coughlan also registering.

The result leaves Ilen on nine points, a point behind Clonakilty. Clon’ have played eight games, with Ilen and Carbery Rangers both on six, and Ballincollig on seven.

Elsewhere, yesterday, Newcestown edged O’Donovan Rossa by a point, 0-14 to 0-13, while Castlehaven were 2-12 to 1-11 winners against Naomh Abán.

There were goals for Enda Dennehy (two) and Adrian Murphy, as St Finbarr’s beat Douglas 3-9 to 0-2. In another city derby, on Friday night, Jack Horgan’s goal helped Nemo Rangers to beat Bishopstown 1-20 to 0-8.

In the Junior ‘B’ HC, Whitechurch were 4-12 to 1-8 winners against Rathpeacon, while, in the football equivalent, Argiden Rangers beat Lismire 1-17 to 0-7, and Shallymore beat Deel Rovers, 4-12 to 1-8. Gleann na Laoi beat Crosshaven 1-13 to 0-9 in the J ‘C’ FC.


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