Cill na Martra 7-11 Knocknagree 0-13
SEVEN-goal Cill na Martra shot to the top of the list of favourites for the Bon Secours county premier intermediate football championship title following a ruthless destruction of another fancied side, Knocknagree, at Mourneabbey on Saturday.
The Gaeltacht club booked their spot in the semi-final, against Kanturk or Aghada, by scoring three goals in a wind-assisted opening half and four more on the resumption for an unexpected 19-point rout.
And yet, Knocknagree, who were severely depleted through injury, still made the quarter-finals against Nemo, after Naomh Abán’s loss to St Vincent’s in the other Group 2 game.
Cill na Martra stunned their opponents with the power, pace and quality of their play right from the moment Chris Maher pointed inside 25 seconds.
They regularly made inroads on goalkeeper Patrick Doyle with mesmerising inter-play, featuring quick distribution of the leather to better-placed colleagues and their finishing was from the top drawer.
Doyle stopped Damien Harrington’s initial effort with a brilliant save, but his defence couldn’t complete the clearance, allowing Harrington goal after only two minutes.
A minute later Cill na Martra were in again after Cork defender Tadhg Corkery dispossessed his county colleague, Eoghan McSweeney, and Harrington pounced for his second goal.
John Fintan Daly was denied by Cill na Martra keeper Anthony O’Connell before they struck a third time after only 11 minutes with a super individual goal from midfielder Gerry Golden.
It was 3-6 to 0-3 at the first water-break and while Fintan O’Connor pointed three frees for Knocknagree, they still trailed by 3-9 to 0-7 at the break.
And any slight hopes of mounting a major revival died within 70 seconds of the resumption when Ciaran Dineen grabbed the fourth goal after Noel O’Leary made a spectacular catch at the other end.
Just before the second water-break Cill na Martra scored goal number five, the magnificent Dan Dineen obliging for 5-11 to 0-8.
There was no respite for the Duhallow club as Ciaran Dineen walking in the sixth goal before captain Shane Dineen completed the rout.
Scorers for Cill na Martra: C O Duinnin 2-2, D O hUrdail 2-1, D O Duinnin 1-4, S O Duinnin 1-3, G O Goillidhe 1-0, C O Meachair 0-1.
Knocknagree: F O’Connor 0-5 f, JF Daly 0-3, E McSweeney, M Doyle, P O’Connor, P Doyle (45), D O’Connor (f) 0-1 each.
CILL NA MARTRA: A Ó Conaill; D MacLochlainn, G Ó Mocháin, E Ó Loingsigh; D Ó Conaill, T Ó Corcora, N Ó Laoire; G Ó Goillidhe, S Ó Foirréidh; C Ó Duinnín, M Ó Deasúna, C Ó Meachair; D Ó hUrdail, D Ó Duinnín, S Ó Duinnín (c).
Subs: J O Ceilleachair for O hUrdail 46, O hUrdail for O Mochain injured 58.
KNOCKNAGREE: P Doyle; G O’Connor, D O’Mahony, M Doyle; D Cooper, K Buckley, M Mahony; David O’Connor, D Moynihan; G Looney, E McSweeney, F O’Connor; Denis O’Connor, JF Daly, M Dilworth.
Subs: J Dennehy for Looney, half-time, P O’Connor for David O’Connor, 37, K Daly for Moynihan 47, A Sheehan for G O’Connor 50.
Referee: C Egan (St Nick’s)