Shandrum leave door open to allow Duhallow snatch draw

Duhallow's Conor Murphy battling for the ball with Shandrum's  Brian Morrissey  in last night's Cork Co U21AHC quarter-final in Mallow.

Cork Co U21 AHC
Shandrum 2-17 Duhallow 3-14
A dramatic last five minutes in Mallow last night saw Duhallow grab a draw from the jaws of defeat in their Cork U21 A hurling clash with Shandrum.

After trailing for over 55 minutes, late goals from Ian Walsh and substitute Barry O’Connor, as well as a beautiful point from Jason O’Callaghan, meant Duhallow earned the right to do it all again next week when an exit looked to be the obvious outcome from a long way out.

After starting the game well, Duhallow fell behind on eight minutes after Shandrum corner-forward Tim O’Mahony finished superbly to the net.

Things got even better for the boys in green when 60 seconds later a long-range effort from Michael Maguire squirmed its way past Duhallow keeper Darragh Kearney.

Duhallow were on the back foot all over the pitch at this point, with all the one-on-one battles seeming to go the way of their opponents.

Jamie Coughlan’s prowess from dead balls and Maguire’s ability with the ball on his stick was giving the Duhallow defensive pack a torrid evening.

Shandrum grabbed five of the next six points and looked all the way the better side as they headed for the break leading by 2-9 to 0-8.

Shandrum took up where they left off after the interval and landed three quick points from Maguire and Coughlan before Duhallow, and in particular Donal Hannon, hit back with some long-range scores.

Hannon kept the scoreboard ticking over with eight points (seven frees and a 65) which just managed to keep his side in touch.

Despite Hannon’s efforts, Duhallow looked dead and buried with 15 minutes remaining when Kieran Cagney fired past a helpless Kearney in the Duhallow net.

However, a mixture of late heroics from the divisional side and Shandrum taking their collective foot off the gas meant that a draw was salvaged and the sides will have to meet again next Tuesday night.

Scorers for Shandrum: J Coughlan 0-7 (4f, 1 65); T O’Mahony 2-1; JP Maloney 1-1; M Maguire 0-4; D Buckley 0-1.

Duhallow: D Hannon 0-8 (7f. 1 65); I Walsh 1-1; J Fitzpatrick 0-3, B O’Connor 1-0; J O’Callaghan, C O’Keeffe 0-2 each; D Kenneally 0-1.

SHANDRUM: E Maloney; B Naughton, D Browne, M Curtin; E O’Connor, C Twomey, B Morrissey; S Griffin, P Hassett; JP Maloney, M Maguire, J Coughlan; D Buckley, T O’Mahony, K Cagney.

Subs: D Geary for K Cagney (54), D Sheehan for B Naughton (58).

DUHALLOW: D Kearney (Lismire); P Allen (Newmarket), TJ Brosnan (Meelin), R O’Connor (Banteer); G Forde (Newmarket), K Cremin (Dromtarriffe); M O’Gorman (Dromtarriffe), L O’Neill (Kanturk), J O’Callaghan (Meelin); D Kenneally (Kanturk), D Hannon (Newmarket), J Fitzpatrick (Kanturk), C O’Keeffe (Newmarket), I Walsh (Kanturk), C Murphy (Castlemagner).

Subs: B O’Connor (Newmarket) for M O’Gorman (40), J Casey (Kanturk) for C O’Keeffe (50), M O’Gorman for TJ Brosnan (inj, 53).

Referee: D Kirwan (Eire Óg).


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