Blackrock 2-16 Erins Own 2-12
ERIN'S OWN were given a sharp reminder that if you fail to come out of the blocks in the Co-Op Superstores Premier SHC there is the possibility of a heavy price to pay at the final whistle.
Credit to the Rockies despite going into meltdown after commanding an 11-point lead after 22 minutes they responded in the second half when a shock defeat stared them in the face.
Blackrock played a nice brand of hurling in the opening exchanges and with the Erin’s Own defence looking disorganised it was no surprise after Tadgh Deasy raised the first white flag in the fourth minute, they succeeded on going on a scoring spree.
It all began two minutes later when Alan Connolly’s shot was superbly parried by Shane Bowen but Ciaran Cormack showed good instinct to follow up and drill the ball to the corner of the net.
The Rockies looked head and shoulders above their opponents and when Alan Connolly blasted in a second goal with eight minutes remaining to the interval the Blackrock side commanded a 2-8 to 0-3 lead.
The introduction of Kieran ‘Hero’ Murphy brought life to Erin's Own and brother Eoghan should have done better in the 24th minute when his tame penalty attempt was easily cleared to safety.
A brace of Robbie Flynn points coupled with a well taken Mossie Carroll goal helped the Glounthaune outfit reduce the deficit to five points at the break 2-8 to 1-6.
Credit to Erin's Own they continued to battle and when substitute Alan Bowen drilled a low shot to the corner of the net with 10 minutes remaining the deficit was reduced to the minimum.
Luckily the Rockies had the class to refocus and three consecutive Alan Connolly points and one from substitute Robbie Cotter finally killed off the brave Erin's Own challenge.
Scorers for Blackrock: A Connolly 1-9 (0-5 f, 65), C Cormack 1-1, T Deasy 0-2, K O’Keeffe, S Murphy, D O’Farrell, R Cotter 0-1 each.
Erin's Own: E Murphy 0-5 (0-3 f, 65), R O’Flynn 0-4, M Carroll, A Bowen 1-0 each, J O’Carroll 0-2, R Twomey 0-1.
BLACKROCK: G Connolly; J Ryan, G Norberg, R Laide; C Cormack, J Cashman, D Meaney; S Murphy, D O’Farrell; M O’Keeffe, C Cormack; S O’Keeffe; T Deasy, A Connolly, K O’Keeffe.
Sub: R Cotter for C Cormack (50).
ERIN'S OWN: S Bowen; C O’Connor, C Dooley, S Murphy; C O’Mahony, J O’Flynn, J O’Carroll; S Kelly, D Twomey; R Twomey, S Guilfoyle, R O’Flynn; E Murphy, C Lenihan, M O’Carroll.
Subs: K Murphy for R Twomey (23), S Horgan for D Twomey (23), S Cronin for S Guilfoyle (42), A Bowen for C Lenihan (47).
Referee: Ciaran O’Regan (Ballyhea).