Goal-hungry Avondhu find new lease of life

Avondhu 6-15 Carbery 0-13
As the scoreline illustrates Avondhu were far too strong for Carbery in their Cork SHC Divisions/Colleges fourth round replay at Cloughduv on Saturday evening.

Having been pegged back as Carbery produced a late surge of 1-4 in the drawn game the previous week, the North Cork division were in no mood to let this one slip.

Tadhg Healy and Maurice O’Sullivan, who both missed the first match, were big additions to the side, Healy strong at centre-back and allowing Michael Walsh to move to left half-back and influence the game, while O’Sullivan showed up well at left half-forward.

In addition, Eoin Dillon imposed himself at midfield, scoring 1-4 as they built up a 1-12 to 0-5 half-time lead, and in attack Shane Beston and Peter O’Brien both bagged 2-4 as Avondhu reached the last 16 of the competition proper for the second consecutive year. O’Brien does not expect too many teams want to play the divisional side.

“After the last day, we were probably lucky in hindsight to come out of it with a draw,” he said. “We said at half-time today that we were in the same position and that we were going to have to kick on in the second half.

“There’s a great bunch of players there, it’s trying to get us together is the problem, we haven’t trained once, just played a few games, so the extra match tonight will even give us more momentum.

“Hopefully we’ll get a few sessions in before the next round but we won’t fear anybody in the last 16, I don’t think any club will fancy playing us either, to be honest.”

While Eoin Kelly’s free for Carbery opened the scoring, it would be the only time that they would lead, as Avondhu forged into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the end of the first quarter, with Walsh excellent on the left flank.

Carbery were not playing that badly, but loose distribution and worse shooting were costly, and Dillon’s goal, from a nice O’Sullivan pass, made their task much harder.

Four more Avondhu points followed, two each from Dillon and Beston, and though Kelly punctuated that run, it was brief respite and Avondhu stretched their advantage to 11 points before a good individual score by Carbery’s Ronan Crowley in injury time.

In the drawn game, Avondhu led by 1-8 to 0-4 at the turnaround, but while Carbery’s Michael Cahalane opened the second-half scoring, it did not signal a turnaround, and Avondhu went for the jugular.

Though O’Brien missed an early goal chance, points from him and O’Sullivan pushed them further clear before O’Brien rifled a penalty home after sub Eoin Clancy was fouled.

Cahalane responded with another Carbery point, but then O’Brien grabbed his second goal, a fine solo effort, to make it 3-14 to 0-8.

Carbery, to their credit, never threw in the towel and John Sheehan and Ross Cashman both pointed, but all the green flags were at the other end. After a good delivery by Colm O’Flynn broke, Beston toe-poked the loose ball home, and immediately afterwards Beston profited from fine work by Andrew Cagney to leave it 5-14 to 0-11 before Clancy got a sixth from long range late on.

Scorers for Avondhu: S Beston, P O’Brien (1-0 pen, 1f) 2-4 each, E Dillon 1-4, E Clancy 1-0, M O’Sullivan 0-2, A Mannix 0-1.

Scorers for Carbery: R Crowley, E Kelly (2f) 0-3 each, M Cahalane, J Sheehan 0-2 each, R Cashman, M Sexton, J O’Donovan 0-1 each.

AVONDHU: K Walsh (Kilworth); M O’Flynn (Charleville), J Hennessy (Ballyhea), J O’Sullivan (Fermoy); C O’Flynn (Charleville), T Healy (Buttevant), M Walsh (Kildorrery); E Dillon (Milford), D O’Flynn (Charleville); A Watson (Milford),P O’Brien (Kildorrery), M O’Sullivan (Ballyhea); A Cagney (Charleville), S Beston (Ballygiblin), A Mannix (Kilworth).

Subs: E Clancy (Fermoy) for Mannix (37), S Fox (Ballygiblin) for D O’Flynn (53), P Morrissey (Churchtown) for K Walsh (55).

CARBERY: D O’Donovan (St James’s); P Crowley (Bandon), J Murphy (Kilbrittain), C Hickey (Kilbrittain), D Hickey (Kilbrittain), J Walsh (Bandon), C O’Driscoll (St Oliver Plunkett’s); R Cashman (Kilbrittain), E O’Donovan (Bandon); J Sheehan (Argideen Rangers), K Coffey (St Oliver Plunkett’s), M Sexton (Kilbrittain); E Kelly (Newcestown), M Cahalane (Bandon), R Crowley (Bandon).

Subs: J O’Donovan (Bandon) for Coffey (h-t), M McSweeney (Newcestown) for Cahalane (53), J Meade (Newcestown) for C Hickey (blood, 57-58).

Referee: Joe Larkin (Douglas).



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