Éire Óg 0-16 Nemo Rangers 1-6: It was effectively the Daniel Goulding show at Páirc Uí Rinn last night, as the county player, who lined out at right-corner forward, kicked 10 points to help Éire Óg overcame Nemo Rangers in the opening round of the Cork Premier IFC.
Five of these came from open play in a game where Nemo faded considerably after a bright opening half.
Éire Óg lined out minus U21 county player Ronan O’Toole, who is recovering from injury, while there was better news for Nemo Rangers, who were boosted by the inclusion of Tomás Ó Sé at centre-back.
It was the city team that cruised into a 1-3 to 0-1 lead, with newcomer Paddy Gumley from Cavan kicking a goal on six minutes.
Kevin O’Donovan and David Kearney were also influential figures for Nemo, adding a brace of points, while Éire Óg were still trying to find their rhythm.
However, there was bad news for Kearney, as he was forced off soon after, following a black card from referee Michael O’Leary.
Éire Óg, meanwhile, were heavily reliant on Goulding and, luckily for them, he was in fine form, registering six of their first-half opening points, narrowing the gap to one point four minutes from the interval.
Nemo Rangers were guilty of a couple of poor wides, yet they went to the dressing-room 1-5 to 0-7 to the good.
Three goal chances went a-begging for Éire Óg after the break, but credit must also go to Nemo defence and in particular their keeper Darren Farry for a fine point-blank save. Again, through the accuracy of Goulding and John Dinneen, the mid-Cork outfit forged ahead at the end of the third quarter, taking over the lead, 0-11 to 1-6.
Nemo’s white flag came from James Garvin, but significantly for them it proved to be their only score of the second half. Forced to shoot from far out, they missed too many chances. Éire Óg, by contrast, were more accurate. Fionn O’Rourke, Hallissey, Dinneen and Goulding rounded off the scoring, adding another six unanswered points in the fourth quarter. With a six-point lead their defence went into shutdown mode.
The winners go on to play St Michael’s in round 2A, while St Vincent’s will provide the opposition for Nemo in Round 2B.
Scorers for Éire Óg:
D Goulding (0-10, four frees, one 45m), J Dinneen (0-3, one free), K Hallissey, L Sheehan and F O’Rourke (0-1 each).
Scorers for Nemo Rangers:
P Gumley (1-2), S Martin, K O’Donovan, D Kearney and C Allen (0-1 each).
C Kelly; S McCarthy, J Mullins, M O’Shea; D O’Herlihy, A O’Mahony, D Sheehan; L Murphy, F O’Rourke; K Hallissey, L Sheehan, D O’Connor; D Goulding, A O’Connor, J Dinneen.
C O’Mahony for D Sheehan (50).
D Farry; D Barrett, R McCarthy, J Garvin; P Hogan, T Ó Sé, K O’Donovan; S Martin, K Weldon; R Kennedy, B Twomey, C Allen; P Gumley, A Morgan, D Kearney.
S O’Brien for D Kearney (BC 7), C Goold for C Allen (40), J Kerins for K O’Donovan (50 inj).
Michael O’Leary (Diarmuid Ó Mathúna’s).
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