Éire Óg 0-16 Dripsey 1-10
Éire Óg just about got over the line in round two of the Cork IHC in Coachford last evening.
In a thrilling encounter they were pushed all the way by a steely Dripsey side who just fell short and will now have to prepare for either Argideen Rangers or Dromina in the third round.
The outcome hung in the balance right up to the end when a Diarmuid O’Riordan free was eventually taken off the Éire Óg line by a very solid goalkeeper Dylan Desmond.
Prior to that the sides were level six times and while both teams were far from efficient in front of the posts, 10 points from the impressive Kevin Hallissey proved decisive.
Dripsey came out all guns blazing in this mid-Cork derby and edged in front 0-5 to 0-4 after 20 minutes. David Buckley was playing as a sweeper and he struck two fine points.
However, Éire Óg rattled off four points on the trot from Cathal Murphy, Ciarán Sheehan, John Dineen and a 65 from Hallissey, who was now out at midfield. As a result, they edged it 0-8 to 0-6 at the break, but it could have been closer only for O’Riordan to put a close-in free wide right on the stroke of half time.
Hallissey and O’Riordan exchanged frees after the restart, but the game was turned on its head when Dripsey substitute Paul O’Regan rattled the net midway through the half, helping his side into the lead, 1-8 to 0-10, after linking up with corner-forward David O’Sullivan.
It was very much game on at this juncture.
Three Hallissey points (two fine efforts from play) and Éire Óg shaded it once more by two points. But there was no denying Dripsey’s determination and another O’Riordan free put the minimum between the sides with the final 10 minutes left to play.
Éire Óg sub John Mullins was then fouled and Hallissey drove the resulting penalty over the bar. Again, O’Riordan cut the deficit from play but, as the clock wound down, Sheehan and Ronan O’Toole gave Éire Óg breathing space.
Alan O’Mahony and Dermot Herlihy defended ferociously, but there was one last twist as O’Riordan went for goal in injury-time but Desmond’s clearance ensured no way back for Dripsey.
Scorers for Éire Óg: K Hallissey 0-10 (4f, 2 65, 1 pen), C Sheehan 0-2, G O’Flynn, J Dineen, C Murphy and R O’Toole 0-1 each.
Scorers for Dripsey: D O’Riordan 0-6 (5f), P O’Regan 1-0, David Buckley 0-2, M O’Sullivan and Buckley 0-1 each.
ÉIRE ÓG: D Desmond; C O’Mahony, T O’Leary, E Lowney; J Kelleher, A O’Mahony, D Herlihy; G O’Flynn, J Dineen; D O’Connor, C Sheehan, C Murphy; K Hallissey, D Goulding, P McDonagh.
DRIPSEY: J Hogan; R Daly, P O’Riordan, Daniel Buckley; J Carey, C Hayes A Murray; G Murphy, J Buckley; A Buckley, T Aherne, M O’Sullivan; D O’Sullivan, D O’Riordan, David Buckley.
Subs: P O’Regan for Daniel Buckley (30 inj), B O’Regan for A Buckley (50).
Referee: Kevin Murphy (Nemo Rangers).
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