Lehane to the rescue for Midleton

A LATE point by Conor Lehane earned Midleton a deserved draw, 0-19 to 2-13, with Glen Rovers in a keenly contested Evening Echo Cork SHC quarter-final at Páirc Ui Chaoimh yesterday.

There was no separating the teams throughout the 60 minutes, the sides level 11 times, and the outcome was one no-one in the crowd of 4,064 would quibble with, although the Glen might argue they should have won it as Patrick Horgan missed two long range frees in injury-time, striking both inches wide.

Cork attacker Horgan produced another superb display, contributing 2-8 – 2-2 from play – to add to his phenomenal scoring record in this year’s championship.

Midleton fielded an exceptionally young side that was rich in talent. Their forwards, in particular Conor Lehane, Paul Haughney and Luke O’Farrell, were outstanding and regularly stretched the Glen defence with great pace and skill.

Defensively they also coped well, with Stephen Murphy, Alwyn Kearney, and Aidan Ryan giving little away. Glen shaded the midfield exchanges through the efforts of Donal Cronin and Denis Coughlan, but they are going to need a better return from their other forwards because the day Horgan is held, they’ll be in serious trouble.

Glen were reduced to 14 players after Eoin Cronin saw red just seconds after he was introduced in the 40th minute.

Meanwhile, confusion reigned at the end of yesterday’s Cork Premier IHC semi-final clash between Tracton and Youghal, with the scoreboards at Páirc Uí Chaoimh reading 1-12 apiece though many observers had Tracton on 1-13 at the final whistle.

The uncertainty centred on a second-half Sean O’Sullivan effort for Tracton. Most observers credited the Tracton player with a point to put his side three ahead but it is understood the ball went wide, and late in the game the scoreboard display at both ends was changed out of sequence to ‘deduct’ a point from Tracton.

Two late points from Youghal secured them a draw, and on the balance of play that was a fair result. Youghal led 1-6 to 0-7 at the break, the goal coming from Bill Cooper. Ronan Walsh, very impressive all through, blasted home a Tracton penalty in the second-half.

Goals were important for Newmarket as they retained their Premier IFC status with a 4-7 to 0-12 victory over Glanmire in their relegation play-off at Mourneabbey yesterday. The goals came at the right times for the Duhallow side, Barry O’Leary and Tony O’Keeffe on target in the opening 19 minutes as Newmarket forged into a 2-3 to 0-3 lead. John Lane struck in the 47th minute to put them ahead after Glanmire had wiped out the six-point half-time deficit, and in injury-time Mark Reidy finally put the game to bed.

There were five divisional final played throughout the county.

Holders Whites Cross and St. Finbarr’s battled to the finish but could not be separated after an entertaining City Division JFC final at Ballinlough which ended St. Finbarr’s 3-6 Whites Cross 0-15.

The Barr’s ability to get goals kept them in the picture, with Joey Fitzpatrick always a menace up front scoring two goals and setting up Trevor Olden for a third . Whites Cross, for their part, kicked some great points, particularly Conor and Edwin Buckley.

Blarney retained the Mid Cork JAFC title by beating Ballincollig 2-8 to 1-5 at Ovens. Two goals in the space of seven first-half minutes from Trevor Hegarty and James O’Sullivan set them up for victory.

A three minute spell that produced 2-1 without reply approaching half-time cushioned Diarmuid O Mathúnas, who had to defend desperately to prevent a second-half comeback by Dohenys forcing a draw in yesterday’s South West JAHC final at Enniskeane.

An experienced Castletownkenneigh outfit, assisted by the breeze, used all the know-how garnered in four previous Flyer Nyhan Cup victories this decade to acquire three goals when on top in their 3-12 to 1-15 victory.

There were scenes of rare joy yesterday in Domina as Buttevant, in front of an estimated 2,000 attendance, made history by claiming their first Hibernian Hotel North Cork JAHC title by beating Churchtown 0-13 to 1-5.

Meelin maintained their grip of the John Joe Brosnan Memorial Cup after retaining their Duhallow JAHC title at Tullylease yesterday by beating Kilbrin 2-12 to 1-14.

Collecting their 20th outright title, the champions produced a performance full of commitment and resolve with two goals in a five minute spell either side of the interval key to the outcome.


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