McCarthy points the way for Dohenys

Dohenys 0-13 Mallow 0-10
AN EXHIBITION of point scoring by Ger McCarthy powered Dohenys to a three point win over Mallow in a keenly-contested Evening Echo SFC round tie at sweltering Carrigadrohid yesterday.

McCarthy, who plays his hurling with St Finbarr’s kicked 10 of his side’s tally, six of them from frees, to ensure the Dunmanway club go into the hat tomorrow night for the third round draw while Mallow must face their second relegation battled in two years.

The point scoring of McCarthy was magnificent. One of those rare breed of footballers who can kick scores with either foot, he must have impressed the Cork senior football selector who was on radio duty with the local station.

While McCarthy did the bulk of the scoring for the winners, Dohenys owed much to the brilliance of Daragh Farr between the posts, Paul Deane who looked far happier at wing back from where he was able to attack, and midfielders Timmy O’Donovan and Donal O’Sullivan who lorded that area for long periods.

John O’Sullivan did all he could to break Dohenys’ monopoly of midfield and his contribution of three points was significant. Cian O’Riordan and Joe Hayes were the best of their forwards.

Dohenys played with the wind and fall of ground in the opening half and got off to the perfect start a Ger McCarthy point after two minutes. The wind was a factor as the Dohenys side were camped in Mallow’s half for most of the opening minutes, and made it tell, adding two more points to lead 0-3 to nil after seven minutes.

Mallow struggled to get out of their own half as Timmy O’Donovan and Donal O’Sullivan gave them a strong grip on midfield, but showed their attacking potential when they eventually got into the Dohenys half and points by Joe Hayes and John O’Sullivan had them back in the game.

However the Dohenys attack was far more potent and with Ger McCarthy rampant at full forward the points flowed and they forged 0-7 to 0-2 in front after 20 minutes, McCarthy scoring three points in a row.

With limited possession Mallow pegged Dohenys back with points by Joe Hayes and they enjoyed their best spell of the half as Hayes added two more points which left the West Cork side 0-8 to 0-5 in front at the break.

Ger McCarthy continued where he left off in the first half with three more points in the early minutes of the second half and after 35 minutes play, the Dunmanway side had stretched their lead to 0-11 to 0-6 and were looking good for victory

The loss of Timmy O’Sullivan from midfield for five minutes due to a hand injury coupled with a huge improvement from John O’Sullivan forced the Dohenys back and their goal led a charmed life as O’Sullivan’s shot came back off the crossbar and Conor Collins took the rebound off the line.

It was all Mallow in that five-minute period and Dohenys were grateful to ‘keeper Farr who made a wonderful save from Cian O’Riordan for a 45 which the latter pointed to leave just three points between the sides with 10 minutes of normal time left.

With so much at stake and the tension growing tempers frayed and Dohenys lost Patrick McCarthy and Mallow Diarmuid Kerrisk to straight red cards. But Dohenys showed great composure under pressure and made a number of great blocks to deny the Mallow forwards and while the referee added seven extra minutes, the best the North Cork side could manage was a John O’Sullivan point in the 65th minute.

Scorers for Dohenys: G. McCarthy 0-10 (0-6 frees); D. O’Sullivan, P. Deane, K. Crowley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mallow: J. Hayes 0-4 (0-1 free); J. O’Sullivan, C. O’Rriodan (0-1 free, 0-1 45) 0-3 each.

DOHENYS: D. Farr; J. Collins, A. Murray, C. Collins; P. Deane, M. O’Donovan, K. Crowley; T. O’Donovan, D. O’Sullivan; M. Milner, D. Healy, P. Collins; S. O’Donovan, P. McCarthy, G. McCarthy.

Subs: M. Farr for T. O’Donovan; T., O’Donovan for J. Collins; D. O’Donovan for S. O’Donovan.

MALLOW: C., Sheehan; R. Willis, K. O’Halloran, S. Coughlan; C. Kirrisk, K. McCarthy, K. McCarthy, P. O’Donovan; J. O’Sullivan, D. Kerrisk; C. O’Riordan, P. Dineen, M. O’Brien; K. O’Connor, D. Hayes, J. Hayes.

Subs: M. Murphy for M. O’Brien; A. Cashman for O’Halloran; B. O’Halloran for K. O’Connor.

Referee: P. O’Leary (Kilmurry).


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