Murray points the way for Bishopstown as Ballyhea are relegated

Murray points the way for Bishopstown as Ballyhea are relegated

Bishopstown's Shane Lordan is tackled by Ballyhea's Liam O'Connor and James O'Leary during the Co-Op Superstores Cork PSHC relegation play off at Mallow. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Bishopstown 0-18 Ballyhea 0-10 

BISHOPSTOWN stay up as a Premier Senior Hurling club and Ballyhea go down – on this occasion few will care about much else when it comes to Bishopstown v Ballyhea 2020.

The city side came to Mallow to secure their status as a top-tier side and despite looking pretty poor for long periods they ultimately had what it took to stay up.

Don’t let the scoreline fool you however as for 50 minutes plus there was nothing between these sides and as the teams emerged from the second water break Bishopstown still trailed – as they had from early on.

This was a game devoid of much on the quality shooting front with over 30 wides between them but at the end, you wouldn’t think it was Bishopstown that the majority as everything they hit seemed to find its target.

Led in the scoring stakes by Thomas Murray, Bishopstown fought hard all game but were only able to pull clear in the last 10 minutes thanks to a strong wind and a serious improvement in accuracy.

Bishopstown's Pa Cronin is tackled by Ballyhea's Liam O'Connor. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Bishopstown's Pa Cronin is tackled by Ballyhea's Liam O'Connor. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A trio of scores from second-half sub James Scally helped Bishopstown seal the win but ultimately it was the seven points from Murray as well as points by Pa Cronin (two), Mike Power (two), Brian Murray (two) and Conor Hegarty (two) that got them over the line.

For Ballyhea, Pa O’Callaghan and Maurice O’Sullivan led the line well with Jamie Copps also impressing. Keeper Mike Browne and corner-back Kevin Copps were well worthy of mention but on this day it just wasn’t going to be enough.

Ballyhea started slightly better and led at the first water break as well as the half time interval thanks in the main to O’Sullivan and O’Callaghan but also because Bishopstown were so poor against the wind: 0-7 to 0-5 at the half time team talk.

Ballyhea started a little better against after the break and still led by two at the second water break but from that point to the finish this was all about one side as Bishopstown lay siege to the Ballyhea posts hitting the last 10 points of the game to seemingly cruise to what was at times a very unlikely victory.

Bishopstown's Brian Murray and Ballyhea's John Morrissey. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Bishopstown's Brian Murray and Ballyhea's John Morrissey. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

For Ballyhea, if you lose four games in a row at this level you are going down and on that score, they can have no complaints.

Bishopstown: T Murray 0-7 (0-3 f, 0-1 65); J Scally 0-3; P Cronin, M Power, B Murray, C Hegarty 0-2 each.

Ballyhea: M O’Sullivan 0-4; P O’Callaghan 0-4f; M Browne 0-1 f, C Cox 0-1 each.

BISHOPSTOWN: K O’Halloran; D Lester, B Murphy, E Byrne; S O’Neill, J O’Sullivan, P Honohan; T Murray, B Murray; C Hegarty, P Cronin, S Lordan; C O’Hora, M Driscoll, M Power. 

Subs: S Murphy for P Honohan (42), J Scally for S Lordan (46), L Lordan for M Driscoll (60), A O’Sullivan for M Power (61), B McConville for P Cronin (63).

BALLYHEA: M Browne; K Copps, A Barrett, M Crowley; J O’Leary, L O’Connor, M Morrissey; C Cox, J Morrissey; T Hanley, M O’Sullivan, J Copps; G Morrissey, P O’Callaghan, E O’Callaghan.

Referee: Alan O’Connor (Ballygarvan).

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