Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3-15 Newmarket 1-9: Béal Áthán Ghaorthaidh rattled off an impressive victory at the expense of Newmarket in the opening round of the Cork Premier IFC at Macroom yesterday.
Apart from a close opening 10 minutes, the Gaeltacht boys controlled almost every facet of the game, defensively solid, dominant at midfield and devastating up front.
Not to be outdone, wing back Cian Dineen grabbed a 2-1 tally, with manager Ger McCarthy none too surprised by his scoring contribution.
“For us, Cian is an attacking defender.
“Previously, he had operated as a forward but this season, we’ve positioned him in defence. Capable of breaking the tackle well, Cian was the instigator of many moves in addition to contributing to the scoreboard,” he said.
Overall, there was much satisfaction in McCarthy’s audit of a new-look Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh outfit.
“Winning last season’s Co. Junior B Championship provided a massive boost and we introduced five players from that side. It was a big step-up but they adapted well and bought into the type of running game we play,” said McCarthy.
“We asked the team to go out and attack, the same applied at half-time.
“They did so for 20 minutes and the goals came, yet there will be some concern about allowing Newmarket into the contest.”
Newmarket had opened with a purpose, Kevin O’Sullivan pointing inside 30 seconds.
Once settled, Béal Átha’n operated with a steely determination and availed of points from Conchubhar Ó Lynch and Tim O’Leary.
For a spell, it was a nip and tuck, but it changed from the 11th minute, a speculative delivery from Dineen deceived Newmarket custodian Shane McAulliffe, the ball deemed to cross over the goal line.
Now the Gaeltacht side proceeded to play the more polished football; Leonard Ó Conchúir, Amhlaoibh Lynch, and Dineen assured in defence with Eoin Quill industrious at midfield.
And the inside line of target full-forward Ó Leary coupled with the alert corner men Diarmuid Thompson and Ben Shorten created havoc.
Sloppy finishing yielded a first-half tally of eight wides but points for Liam Creedon, Shorten and Thompson helped Béal Átha’n enjoy a 1-8 to 0-5 grip at the break.
Newmarket set out their stall for the second half through an improvement stemming from the Ryan brothers, TJ Brosnan and Bart Daly. However, the Duhallow side failed to covert possession into scores whereas snappy Béal Átha’n raids allowed Thompson and O’Leary bisect the uprights.
Again, Newmarket mounted a response, Daniel Culloty pointed a pair of frees. Still Béal Átha’n looked far more potent and enterprising, and yielded a brace of goals in a three-minute spell at the three-quarter stage.
Firstly, Éanna Dineen created the space for supporting brother Cian blast home. Now attacking in waves, Béal Átha’n added another green flag, Colman Twomey’s long ball found Thompson in space to finish to the net in style.
And only a superb stop by Newmarket defender Gavin Forde denied Shorten from adding another major strike. Newmarket faced a lost cause but never threw in the towel, a disappointing showing rewarded with a consolation goal from Conor O’Keeffe.
Béal Átha’n had dropped a gear but it remained plain sailing with points for man of the match Dineen, O’Leary, Shorten, and Twomey.
Scorers for Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh:
C Ó Duinnín (2-1), D MacTomás (1-3), T Ó Laoighaire (0-4), B Seartan 0-3(0-2f), C Ó Loingsigh, A Ó Coinceanain, L Ó Criodáin, C Ó Tuama 0-1 each.
D Culloty 0-6(0-4f), C O’Keeffe (1-0), K O’Sullivan, T Murphy, J Ryan 0-1 each.
BÉAL ÁTHA’N GHAORTHAIDH:
M Ó Conchúir; C Ó Nunáin, L Ó Conchúir, S Ó Donnchú; C Ó Duinnín, A Ó Loingsigh, L Ó Criodáin; E Ó Coill, É Ó Duinnín; C Ó Tuama, A O Coinceannain, C Ó Loingsigh; D MacTomás, T Ó Laoighaire, B Seartan.
Sub. N Ó Laoire for Ó Nunnáin(bc 37).
S McAulliffe; J Guiney, T J Brosnan, B O’Riordan; G Forde, P Allen, J Ryan; A Ryan, B Daly; R O’Keeffe, T O’Keeffe, K O’Sullivan; C O’Keeffe, D Culloty, T Murphy. Subs. D Hannon for R O’Keeffe(36), A Browne for Brosnan(bc 42), C O’Sullivan for Murphy(49).
K Murphy(Nemo Rangers).
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