It’s hard to understand how Ballincollig found themselves in this position. They over-ran a very poor Barrs side who will be glad to be out of the premier grade for next season.
In a team that included at least six players with inter-county experience from minor to senior, the mid Cork men were quick to stamp their authority on this one sided contest. Dan Murphy was unbeatable at centre-back, with team captain Sean Moylan equally efficient at wing back.
John Miskella bagged four excellent points from play, but it was in attack that Ballincollig really sparkled. Rory O’Doherty, an All-Ireland intermediate medal winner this year with the county, John O’Dwyer who won an All-Ireland minor medal in 1998 with Cork, the Beale brothers Derek and Alan, David Bowen and former county senior John O’Driscoll gave the Barrs defence a torrid time, scoring freely and with monotonous regularity.
To be fair to the Barrs they were forced to line out without any of their senior footballers who are championship tied. Regardless, it’s hard to see them winning against a side hell bent on maintaining their status.
Their cause wasn’t helped by the loss of corner-back Killian Murphy after 20 minutes with a suspected broken finger, and full-back Brian O’Sullivan who didn’t come out for the second half due to a leg injury.
Barrs won the toss and elected to play with the wind but after drawing level in the fifth minute with a Paul McCarthy point, the Ballincollig juggernaut went on a scoring spree to lead 1-10 to 0-1 at half time.
It didn’t get any better for the Barrs on the change over as the Ballincollig forwards continued to knock over the points — 12 with out reply — before Shane Nott had the Blues first score for 30 minutes.
It was a momentary blip, however, and when Rory O’Doherty slipped home his second goal in the 50th minutes, the Togher side were grateful when the referee called a halt to this one sided affair.
: Ballincollig:R. O’Doherty 2-4; J. O’Dwyer 0-5 (0-1 65); J. Miskella 0-4; A. Beale 0-3; D. Beale 0-2 (frees); D. Bowen, J. O’Driscoll, J. O’Brien 0-1 each. St. Finbarr’s: P. McCarthy, S. Nott 0-1.
: B. Kelly; E. O’Sullivan, M. O’Brien, G. Harrington; S. O’Donoghue, D. Murphy, B. Moylan; J. Miskella, C. O’Sullivan; D. Beale, J. O’Driscoll, D. Bowen; J. O’Dwyer, A. Beale, R. O’Doherty.
: J. O’Brien for O’Dwyer; F. Kelly for Harrington; A. O’Donovan for D. Beale.
: F. O’Mahony; K. Murphy, B. O’Sullivan, C. O’Sullivan; N. Hosford, D. O’Meara, P. Kennedy; J. Brown, D. O’Sullivan; P. McCarthy, A. Maher, B. Casey; P. Crowley, S. Nott, K. Edwards.
: A. McCarthy for Murphy; D. McCarthy for B. O’Sullivan.
: C. McAlister (Aghada).