O’Connor point sparks remarkable Bishopstown turnaround

Bishopstown 2-7 Dohenys 1-7
THE Cork club football season may still be in its infancy but it is difficult to envisage a more remarkable finale this year than what transpired when Bishopstown and Dohenys collided in yesterday’s first round in Bandon.

Consider the state of play with 10 minutes remaining in this game. Dohenys’ organisation and workrate had helped them to boss the proceedings, and hold a commanding 1-7 to 0-2 lead. They had nullified the scoring threat posed by Bishopstown and Daniel O’Donovan’s 30th-minute point was the solitary score the city team had managed from open play.

Bishopstown’s severe struggles in front of goal looked certain to handicap their hopes of a comeback.

But staggeringly they did just that.

Dohenys failed to put a score on the board after Jerry McCarthy clipped over a 44th-minute free and Bishopstown notched 2-5 in a stunning 12-minute closing period.

The revival was kick-started when Paul O’Connor knocked over a point from play and quickly followed it with a pair of frees.

Yet their prospects of success were not truly ignited until Alan O’Connor lobbed the ball forward towards O’Donovan, who smacked a shot to the net.

Paul Honohan did brilliantly to seize possession in the 59th minute before being hauled to the ground and O’Donovan curled over the free.

Then Denis Crowley popped a pass to Patrick Cronin who fisted home Bishopstown’s second goal. And O’Donovan rounded off an incredible turnaround when he pointed.

Dohenys were left reeling.

Their defence had been cohesive and frustrated Bishopstown’s forwards, with Killian Crowley and David Collins in sparkling form.

Midfielder Donal O’Sullivan gave them a strong foothold, wing-forwards Pat Collins and Michael Milner showed a great appetite for working, while Jerry McCarthy and Denis Healy, who grabbed their goal, were at the heart of their creative efforts.

The Dunmanway side led 1-5 to 0-1 at the interval and, despite Bishopstown’s O’Connor having a penalty saved by Darragh Farr, were full value for that position.

In the second-half the theme of Dohenys dominance continued. Michael Farr and McCarthy raised white flags.

However Bishopstown, started to shake up their personnel on the pitch. Chris O’Neill was withdrawn to centre-back, Alan O’Connor went to midfield, Patrick Cronin moved to centre-forward and Daniel O’Donovan was shifted to the edge of the square. It paid dividends.

However, what happened at the end was still amazing.

Scorers for Bishopstown: D O’Donovan 1-4 (2f), P Cronin 1-0, P O’Connor 0-3 (2f).

Scorers for Dohenys: D Healy 1-1, J McCarthy 0-3f, P McCarthy, M Milner, M Farr 0-1 each.

BISHOPSTOWN: K O’Halloran; N O’Donovan, A O’Connor, I Jones; J O’Sullivan, P Cronin, M Power; D O’Donovan, F Ó Deasmhunaigh; B Healy, C O’Neill, P Honohan; P Curran, D Crowley, P O’Connor.

Subs: B Coffey for Curran 17, M Driscoll for Healy 42, J McLaughlin for Ó Deasmhunaigh 42.

DOHENYS: D Farr; C Collins, D O’Donovan, K Crowley; T Collins, D Collins, A Sheehan; M Farr, D O’Sullivan; P Collins, J McCarthy, M Milner; S Collins, P McCarthy, D Healy.

Subs: T O’Donovan for Sheehan 1.

Referee: Ger Harrington (Carrigaline).


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