Murphy the motivator as all-action Barryroe trounce 13-man Barr’s

Barryroe 3-10 St Finbarr’s 0-5
A DISPLAY of all-action hurling powered Barryroe to a facile victory over St Finbarr’s in round two of the Evening Echo Cork IHC at Kinsale last night.

Last year’s county junior champions were never headed and had this game well and truly won long before the final whistle. The West Cork side held all the aces in this one-sided contest.

Dan Murphy, who captained Cork to back-to-back All-Ireland under-21 titles in the 1990s when a Ballincollig player is a huge addition to their side, and he displayed examples of the superb full back play that made him a county senior in 1999.

Outside him Jason Fleming was a commanding figure at centre back, Kevin McCarthy lorded it at midfield while up front, the pace and skill of Kieran Griffin, the power of Adrian Fleming all combined to make this a splendid victory for the West Cork side.

St Finbarr’s couldn’t be faulted for effort but they were never going to win this game when reduced to 14 players after just six minutes when Kieran Kennedy was red carded.

Coupled with the dismissal, they hit a litany of wides from scoreable position, failed to goal from a penalty, and to compound a dreadful night, they had Eoin Kennedy red carded midway through the second half.

Few if any Barrs players can look back on this dismal performance with any degree of satisfaction, but Kennedy, up to the time of his dismissal, Brian O’Sullivan and Ross O’Dwyer all played their hearts out but it was always an uphill battle.

Barryroe got off to the perfect start and led 1-3 to nil after just five minutes. The goal was scored by Ciaran Hurley from a cross by John O’Donovan and hurling with great passion and drive, the West Cork side forged further ahead with a succession of well taken points to lead 1-6 to nil at the end of the opening quarter.

The Barrs did have a couple of chances of scores but faulty shooting cost them dearly and it took them until the 24th minute to register their first score, a Ross O’Dwyer point, but when Denis Harrington found the net a second time for Barryroe two minutes later, it helped his side to a half time lead of 2-6 to 0-4 as The Barrs finished the half with three points in a row to threaten a comeback.

Barryroe ensued there was going to be no Barrs recovery in the second half, however, when Kieran Griffin pointed a 65’ seconds after the resumption, and when Jason Fleming found The Barrs’ net from a penalty in the 35th minute, despite the best efforts of 17-year-old David O’Gorman to keep it out, this game was well and truly over as a contest.

Now playing against 13 men, Barryroe could do as they pleased for the remainder of the game with the two extra players, but the expected avalanche of scores didn’t materialise as The Barrs defence, in which Brian O’Sullivan and Philip O’Brien did well, kept a tight rein on the Barryroe forwards.

The West Cork side will be delighted with this win over The Barrs, and there was sufficient evidence on view to suggest they could go a long way in this championship.

Scorers for Barryroe: D. Harrington 1-1; K. Griffin 0-4 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65); C. Hurley, J. Fleming (pen.) 1-0 each; A. Fleming 0-3; J. O’Donovan, G. Whelton 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: D. O’Regan 0-3 (frees); R. O’Dwyer, P. Harte 0-1 each.

BARRYROE: G. Keohane; B. O’Brien, D. Murphy, T. Carroll; G. Coleman, J. Fleming, A. White; G. O’Leary, K. McCarthy; C. Hurley, A. Fleming, K. Griffin; D. Harrington, P. Collins, J. O’Donovan.

Sub: G. Whelton for Hurley.

ST FINBARR’S: D. O’Gorman; P. Murray, B. O’Sullivan, E. Kennedy; P. Buckley, C. Maher, P. O’Brien; D. O’Leary, R. O’Dwyer; P. Harte, C. O’Sullivan, D. O’Regan; J. Power, K. Kennedy, E. Maher.

Subs: EP O’Callaghan for Maher; J. O’Brien for Murray; D. O’Connor for Harte.

Referee: K. Healy (Ballymartle).


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