Rockchapel drive into intermediate football final by beating Glanworth

Rockchapel drive into intermediate football final by beating Glanworth

Gerry O’Neill, Glanworth, looking to hold on to Seamus Hickey of Rockchapel in the Cork IAFC semi-final. Picture: Dan Linehan

Rockchapel 1-13 Glanworth 1-7 

ROCKCHAPEL advanced to the Bon Secours IFC final at Dromina after a six-point win over Glanworth. 

Glanworth took the lead when Ger O'Neill had the opening point. In the sixth minute, Jack Curtin found Seamus Hickey who placed Kevin Collins for a point. Curtin edged the Duhallow side ahead from a free. 

Shane O'Riordan replied 0-2 each after 10 minutes. Seamus Hickey did very well for the winners in midfield. By the last water break, Rockchapel added another free by Jack Curtin.

On the resumption, good play by Seamus Hickey led to a punched point by Mikey McAuliffe. From here on the winners used the short passing at speed to great effect.

A foul on Hickey led to Jack Curtin pointing a free 0-5 to 0-2. In the 18th minute, Hickey won a high catch and placed Cormac Curtin for a great point. 

Glanworth kept in touch Padraig Hannon kicked a great point before Curtin replied. In the closing moments, Hickey cut through the centre and placed Mikey McAuliffe for a punched point. 

In injury time Shane O'Riordan pointed a free as the winners led at the break 0-8 to 0-4.

On the restart the Rock who continued to dominate. Jack Curtin had an early point after good play by Hickey, Cormac Curtin and William Murphy.

A foul on Mikey Sheehan led to a pointed free by O'Riordan. The Duhallow side moved 0-10 to 0-5 when a quick free by Hickey to Murphy led to the inrushing Hickey taking the pass and pointing.

 David Pyne, Glanworth, going highest to win this midfield ball from Conor Kepple and William Murphy of Rockchapel. Picture: Dan Linehan
David Pyne, Glanworth, going highest to win this midfield ball from Conor Kepple and William Murphy of Rockchapel. Picture: Dan Linehan

Glanworth made some good attacks but they had three wides. The winners held a five-point lead at the water break.

On the restart, Cormac Curtin and Hickey worked a good movement that led to a punched point by Mossie O'Keeffe. Shane O'Riordan followed with two pointed frees as the lead was down to four 0-11 to 0-7. When the pressure came on Rockchapel responded.

Eamonn O'Callaghan combined with Seamus Hickey who placed Liam Collins for a point. The 'Rock' followed with a goal when a quick free by Curtin found Murphy returned it to Curtin for the goal. 

Glanworth replied with a goal when Brian Gallagher worked well for Stephen Condon who netted 1-12 to 1-7.

In the closing moments, John Walsh and Daniel O'Callaghan worked a good movement that led to a point by Jason O'Callaghan. Time ran out and Rockchapel were through to the county final.

Scorers for Rockchapel: J Curtin 1-5 (0-4 f), M McAuliffe 0-2, K Collins, C Curtin, S Hickey, M O'Keeffe, L Collins, J O'Callaghan 0-1 each.

Glanworth: S O'Riordan 0-5 f, S Condon 1-0, G O'Neill 0-1, P Hannon 0-1.

ROCKCHAPEL: T Collins, N O'Callaghan, E O'Callaghan, S Curtin, D O'Callaghan, M O'Keeffe, D J O'Callaghan, S Hickey, C Kepple, J Walsh, W Murphy, C Curtin, J Curtin, M McAuliffe, K Collins. 

Subs: L Collins for M McAuliffe, J Forrest for W Murphy, J O'Callaghan for C Curtin.

GLANWORTH: S Cunningham, W Blackburne, J Blackburne, B O'Keeffe, P Blackburne, J Coughlan, J Fitzgibbon, D Pyne, R Murphy, P Hannon, S Finn, P O'Driscoll, S Condon, G O'Neill, S O'Riordan. 

Subs: R O'Driscoll for R Murphy (inj), M Sheehan for G O'Neill, B Gallagher for R O'Driscoll.

Referee: Peter O'Leary (Castletownbere).

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