Listless Carbery must step up for ’Haven derby clash

Carbery 1-10 Aghada 0-08
If West Cork divisional side Carbery harbour any ambitions of winning this year’s Cork SFC they will have to show vast improvement on this disappointing display at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

Team coach Gene O’Driscoll has a lot of work on his hands if they hope to get the better of reigning champions Castlehaven in the semi-final.

Aghada never reproduced the form which saw them knock out Ilen Rovers in the previous round, and their cause wasn’t helped by having to play the entire second half with only 14 players after Josh O’Shea was red-carded for a foolish lash-out at an opponent.

The game looked to be going Aghada’s way in the early minutes when, playing excellent attacking football, they raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead, the lively Cian Fleming scoring two of those points, and a shock result looked likely.

However, Carbery’s greater experience began to tell as the half wore on and, using the long ball to great effect, were level after 20 minutes, Colin O’Driscoll, easily their best forward, landing two points from long range.

Aghada’s scores had completely dried up, principally because Pierce O’Neill lost control of midfield to his inter-county colleague Graham Canty and they went 22 minutes without a score as a result.

Colm O’Driscoll was a real thorn in Aghada’s side and he landed three points in quick succession as Carbery attacked in waves, and when the East Cork side were reduced to 14 players just before the break, the die looked well and truly cast as the West Cork divisional side went in 0-6 to 0-3 in front.

It got worse for Aghada seconds into the second-half when Carbery grabbed the game’s only goal. Breaking upfield with a splendid passing movement, Patrick Kirby finished it to the net and Aghada were given a mountain to climb.

Just before the score Aghada lost a great chance of a goal themselves when Cian Fleming passed inside to Ronan Kennedy but he took his eye off the ball at the vital moment.

All credit to them, they refused to roll over and inspired by the surging runs of full back Billy Hennessy, they put down the gauntlet to Carbery with a brace of points by Cian Fleming.

Carbery were forced to defend as Aghada came at them in waves and when Graham Canty was forced off with a leg injury and only three points separating the sides, the East Cork side were denied an equalising when Ronan Kennedy’s effort came back off the upright.

It was the closest they got to a badly needed goal and Carbery finished the game strongly with three unanswered points, two by Declan Barron.

Scorers for Carbery: Colm O’Driscoll (0-4, 1f), P Kirby (1-0), A O’Connor, D Barron (1f) (0-2 each), R Deane, G Canty (0-1 each).

Scorers for Aghada: C Fleming (0-6, 4fs), K O’Connor, J Connolly (0-1 each).

CARBERY: P Prendergast (Bandon); P Murphy (do), E Sexton (Kilbrittain), K Harrington (Bantry Blues); B O’Driscoll (Tadgh MacCarthaighs), J O’Donovan (Bandon), J Wall (Kilbrittain); A O’Connor (St Colums), G Canty (Bantry Blues); R Deane (do), Colm O’Driscoll (Tadgh MacCarthaighs), T Downey (Bantry Blues); D Barron (do), P Kirby (Tadgh MacCarthaighs), Conor O’Driscoll (Goleen).

Subs: P Nolan (Gabriel Rangers) for Conor O’Driscoll (40), G O’Shea (Bantry Blues) for G Canty (40),K O’Sullivan (Kilmacabea) for T Dowmey (60), E Goggin (Gabriel Rangers) for P Kirby (60).

AGHADA: R Savage; T Hartnett, B Hennessy, B Crowley; C Power, R Power, S Wall; P O’Neill, JP O’Connor; T O’Neill, C Fleming, K O’Connor; M Russell, J O’Shea, R Kennedy.

Subs: E Healy for Wall (ht), E Savage for JP O’Connor (ht), J Conoly for M Russell (35), C O’Driscoll for K O’Connor (45).

Referee: C Lane (Banteer).


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