Walsh lifts Clon as Duhallow pip CIT

WELL beaten by Douglas in the opening round, Clonakilty got their Evening Echo Cork SFC campaign back on track with a 1-10 to 0-6 win over Bishopstown at Brinny yesterday, leaving the dual senior club now facing a battle against relegation.

Brendan Walsh came out of retirement to turn in a ‘man of the match’ performance for Clon, who made heavy work of a disappointing Bishopstown side.

At the end of the day it was their full-back line of Liam Lyons, Diarmuid O’Brien and Timmy O’Sullivan who saved them time and again when Jack O’Shea and the Honohan brothers, Robert and Paul, launched a succession of piercing runs.

All the time it was Colm Callanan’s first-half goal that kept the sides apart on the scoreboard. That came after just four minutes and was masterminded by Brendan Walsh, who won possession in the middle of the field and drew the backs before laying off to Callanan.

The full-forward weaved his way through a ragged defence and gave goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran no chance.

Clonakilty finished the half strongly to lead 1-5 to 0-4 at interval.

An early second-half point from Callanan stretched that lead.

Jack O’Shea and then Paul Honohan, with a superb long range point from the right sideline, again cut the deficit to three points but it all ended there.

Scorers: Clonakilty: C. Callanan 1-3 (0-2 frees), P. Griffin and C. Murphy (0-1 free) 0-2, N. Hayes, N. Griffin and B. Walsh (free) 0-1 each. Bishopstown: P. Honohan 0-2, R. Honohan, E. Ryan, J. O’Shea and B. Healy (free) 0-1 each.

DUHALLOW held their heads in the face of a two-goal first half flurry to edge out Cork IT 1-11 to 2-7 in an entertaining clash at Ballyclough on Saturday.

Only a few minutes remained when Niall Fleming fisted a point to give Duhallow the lead for only the second time — they led briefly early on from a John Buckley point after just three minutes — and they hung on tenaciously as CIT put them under siege in a thrilling finish.

CIT had them reeling after just five minutes when Ballyclough man Paul O’Flynn scored a brilliant goal at the end of a five-man movement.

CIT, with O’Flynn rampant at midfield, had gone five points clear before Donnacha O’Connor chipped over a point from a free after 13 minutes and followed up with a well-taken point from play. A point from corner forward Niall O’Sullivan in the 18th minute cut the arrears to two points before goalkeeper Kevin Murphy brought off two brilliant saves to deny Daniel Goulding and keep Duhallow in the game.

There were three wides in-a-row for CIT before Duhallow snatched the initiative when Donnacha O’Connor blasted the ball to the CIT net for an equalising goal with two minutes remaining in the first half.

Their joy was short-lived, however, as an injury time goal from Roy Leahy sent CIT into the break with a three point lead, 2-4 to 1-4.

The tempo dropped in a second half and when it appeared as if a draw was on the cards Niall Fleming fisted the winner for Duhallow.

Scorers: Duhallow: D. O’Connor 1-5 (0-3 frees), N. O’Sullivan 0-2, D. Flynn, N. Fleming, J. Buckley, M. Dilworth 0-1 each. Cork IT: P. O’Flynn 1-1 (0-1 free), R. Leahy 1-0, D. Goulding 0-3 (0-1 free), H. Curran, J. Murphy, A. O’Reilly 0-1 each.


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