Éire Óg 4-14 Cloyne 3-5
AN exhibition of points scoring by Daniel Goulding, coupled with two delightful goals from Kevin Hallissey, powered Éire Óg past Cloyne at Riverstown last night.
Apart from his own contribution, Goulding had a hand in most of his side’s other scores, and on the evidence of this performance, the Ovens side must now be one of the favourites for ultimate honours.
Éire Óg served notice of intent right from the throw-in and the impressive Goulding kicked three points in-a- row.
The pace and precision passing of the mid Cork side saw they scorch into an 0-6 to 0-0 lead after five minutes and when Goulding set up Kevin Hallissey for a great goal, the signs were ominous.
However, Cloyne settled well after Paul O’Sullivan opened their account with a point and only the crossbar denied them a goal. A superb save by Éire Óg keeper Conor Hallissey denied Colm O’Sullivan before Cloyne’s sustained pressure finally earned them a badly needed goal.
Paudie O’Sullivan, who was proving more than a handful for the Éire Óg defence at full-forward, won a penalty coming up to half-time and brother Diarmuid dispatched it to the roof of the net leaving it 1-8 to 1-3 at half-time.
Any chance of a Cloyne recovery on the resumption was quickly nipped in the bud when Éire Óg scored 1-4 without reply, the goal coming from John Dineen after Ciarán Sheehan did the spadework.
Cloyne continued to take the game to their opponents and a goal from a second penalty, superbly converted by Diarmuid O’Sullivan, gave the east Cork a glimmer of hope.
But Daniel Goulding landed two excellent points before rounding off another fine passing movement with a goal. And when Kevin Hallissey bagged his second there was no way back.
Scorers for Éire Óg: D Goulding 1-9 (4f), K Hallissey 2-2, J Dineen 1-3.
Scorers for Cloyne: Diarmuid O’Sullivan 2-1 (2-0p, 1f), P O’Sullivan, E O’Sullivan 1-0, J Nyhan, Donal O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
ÉIRE ÓG: C Hallissey; S McCarthy, S Murphy, C O’Mahony; C Lowney, B Corkery, D Herlihy; L Murphy, A O’Mahony; K Hallissey, C Sheehan, A O’Connor; V Fahy, D Goulding, J Dineen.
CLOYNE: C O’Driscoll; G Fleming, E O’Sullivan, D Jermyn; Donal O’Sullivan, B McCarthy, J Cotter; M Lynch, K Cronin; Paul O’Sullivan, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, C O’Lomasney; Paudie O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan, J Nyhan.
Sub: K O’Lomasney for Lynch (45).
Referee: C Egan (Glen Rovers)
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