Nemo controlled the game for long periods and were thoroughly deserving of their comfortable 2-8 to 0-7 victory. Vincent’s did the one thing you’re never meant to do against Nemo: give them space. They paid a heavy price for same.
The experience of Eddie Brophy, Darragh Breen, Alan Morgan, Shane Marshall and David Kearney coupled with the youthful exuberance of David Nation and Eric Deloughrey meant the Saints were always chasing the game and must now beat Grenagh in the back door to stay in the championship.
Vincent’s will be disappointed at their performance. They could never come to grips with Nemo’s counter attacking game and a goal by Alan Morgan left them 1-5 to 0-4 in arrears at the break.
When David Kearney added a second goal five minutes after the resumption, it was game over.
But it was much tighter in Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday where St Michael’s pipped Mayfield on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-9.
Despite playing with the considerable wind in the first-half and looking like the more dangerous side when on the attack, Michael’s only found themselves leading by a point, 1-5 to 1-4, at half-time after a goal by Eoghan Buckley.
The opening stages of the second-half were in stark contrast despite William Kennedy extending the Michael’s lead, as Condon took control of the game.
Three points from him allied to one from Nicky Kelly turning the game in their favour, making it 1-8 to 1-6 for the northsiders.
Their period on top was fleeting, however, and a couple of points by Buckley gave Michael’s breathing space in injury time while Mayfield now face Glenville.
Meanwhile in the IFC a strong first-half performance against the wind was central to Youghal’s 1-11 to 1-10 victory over Glanworth at Castlelyons on Saturday evening.
Youghal can now concentrate on their upcoming Premier IHC match against Ballincollig, while Glanworth have a local derby in the second round losers group as they face Fermoy. When they review this loss, the north Cork men will curse the first 30 minutes when they kicked a tally of seven wides (11 in all) with the wind at their backs.
Castletownbere could have been their next target but for their experience in a 0-11 to 0-9 victory over Fermoy.
Having trailed by four points at the break, Fermoy pulled level with six minutes remaining and looked set to drive on for victory.
But the guile of former Cork senior Alan O’Regan settled the hosts and he set up Donagh ‘Bán’ O’Sullivan for a point before nailing a fine score to put two between the sides.
Donagh Wiseman, his brother Enda, along with Dean Murphy and David Fenton were others to impress for the winners against a committed Fermoy side.
Jack Hutchings was immense for Fermoy at midfield but much of his good work was not converted by a wasteful attacking six.