Blarney 2-23 Blackrock 1-13
MARK Coleman produced a display of hurling that would have graced any pitch in this country as he helped Blarney easily account for Blackrock in the PIHC at Riverstown.
Coleman was at another level and his final tally of 13 points was just a small part of his man-of-the-match display. The club's reward is a quarter-final against Ballincollig.
Blarney came storming out of the traps as points from Patrick Crowley and Padraig Power had the Rockies on the ropes.
Blackrock they refused to panic, and three consecutive points — the last coming from the stick of Joe Logue — had them back in the mix.
Coleman showed his class when he struck a monstrous sideline cut from the halfway line and, on the next possession, Blarney raised the opening green flag. A beautiful catch by Declan Hannon saw him solo and unleash a shot to the roof of the net.
The Rockies, to their credit, kept battling, with Eoin O’Farrell their main scoring threat with his free-taking — but they trailed by four points with six minutes remaining to the break.
Coleman was sensational for Blarney as his pace and striking ensured his team went in at the break commanding a 1-10 to 0-10 lead with the Cork star amassing six points of his team’s tally.
On the restart, Blarney continued to dominate, with Shane Barrett and Mark O’Leary executing points in the opening two minutes.
Coleman chalked up another point in the 37th minute but the Rockies responded with a superb goal from Joe Logue that kept them within striking distance.
The pace of Blarney was evident over the hour as they struck over points at will that saw them extend their lead to nine points in the 50th minute.
In the closing minutes, it was a case of going through the motions for Blarney as this game was decided long before the sound of the final whistle.
Scorers for Blarney: M Coleman 0-13 (0-8 f, 0-2 sl), S Barrett 1-2 D Hannon 1-1, P Crowley 0-3, P Power, B Ahern, O Hegarty, M O’Leary 0-1 each.
Blackrock: E O’Farrell 0-7 (0-6 f), J Logue 1-0, O Kelleher 0-4 (0-3 f), C O’Leary 0-2.
BLARNEY: P Hallissey; S Crowley, D Walsh, A McEvoy; O Hegarty, P Philpott, J Jordan; M Coleman, B Ahern; P Crowley, D Hanlon, M O’Leary; K Costello, P Power, S Barrett.
Subs: S Mulcahy for K Costello, B O’Connell for M O’Reilly (47), R Murphy for B Ahern (50), D Quigley for J Jordan (57), C Murphy for P Crowley (59).
BLACKROCK: D O’Shea; A Hayes, A Hogan, B Ahern, R Coleman, C McCarthy, D O’Brien; M O’Farrell, E O’Farrell; P Linighan, I O’Keeffe, O Kelleher; L O’Sullivan, C O’Reilly, J Logue.
Subs: F Cronin for D O’Brien (56) Referee: Brian Sweeney (Erins Own).