Charleville 3-14 Argideen Rangers 2-10: After a relatively poor first half performance, hot favourites Charleville finally pulled away to secure a comfortable Cork IHC victory over gutsy Argideen Rangers at Coachford last night.
Charleville would best prefer to forget a lack-lustre first half during which they missed as many scores as they got and Argideen, determined from the very outset, kept pace with them throughout the opening 30 minutes.
Charleville were just a point to the good at the interval, not what the coaches or players had expected.
The winners had to rely on the excellent Andrew Cagney to keep their noses in front. Cagney scored his side’s only goal and he also contributed five points, three of them from frees, as Argideen battled on with a couple of goals, one each from Finbarr Butler and Rory O’Sullivan.
It was 1-8 to 2-4 at the break, but if Charleville were annoyed with nine first half wides things got much better in the second half.
Argideen’s main man John Michael O’Callaghan brought his side level just 30 seconds after the resumption, but despite hitting another three second half points he was powerless to prevent Charleville taking control. Mark Kavanagh restored the lead with a 33rd minute point but it was Cagney who broke Argideen’s resolve when he smashed home a 35th minute goal, the product of good approach work from Derry Murphy and Jack Barry.
They simply never looked back. Cagney hit two points quickly afterwards and Murphy and Donny O’Flynn added one each to establish a 2-13 to 2-7 lead midway through the half.
Donny Murphy was instrumental in helping Jack Barry crash home another goal for Charleville with 13 minutes remaining and his side remained in the comfort zone right to the end, even though O’Callaghan and substitute Rory O’Sullivan (2) kept the score board ticking over for the losers.
Charleville will prefer to forget that first half performance, but anyone watching their second half display will know that last year’s defeated finalists should remain a most difficult side to beat in the weeks to come.
Scorers for Charleville: A Cagney 2-8 (0-4 frees), J Barry 1-1, D O’Flynn 0-3 (0-1 free), M Kavanagh, D Murphy 0-1 each.
Argideen Rangers: R O’Sullivan 1-2 (0-1 free), F Butler 1-0, JM O’Callaghan 0-6 (0-5 frees), P Butler, J Sheehan 0-1 each.
C Collins, M O’Flynn, J Buckley, F Cagney, A Dennehy, G Kelleher, B Dennehy, J Barry, D O’Flynn, D Casey, A Cagney, D Murphy, D Fitzgibbon, J O’Brien, M Kavanagh.
Subs: A O’Connor for D Fitzgibbon (31 injured)
JJ Butler, J O’Driscoll, R Nolan, J Sheehan, R Smith, M O’Callaghan, P Butler, JM O’Callaghan, J Deasy, J Murphy, C O’Brien, C Smith, F Butler, R O’Sullivan, J Sheehan.
Subs: E O’Brien for R Smith (42), B Hennessy for JM O’Callaghan (52, injured), E Lawton for C O’Brien (54)
M Moynihan (Grenagh)
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