Classy Kildorrery blast their way into the intermediate hurling semi-final

Classy Kildorrery blast their way into the intermediate hurling semi-final
Cork U20 hurler James Keating is a key man for Kildorrery. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Kildorrery 4-23 Dungourney 1-20 

A devastating final quarter propelled Kildorrery into the semi-finals of the Co-op Superstores Cork IAHC in Rathcormac. 

They advance to the last four along with Éire Óg as a result of their superior scoring difference to other group winners, Aghabullogue.

Dungourney’s summer is over as Mayfield’s win over Argideen Ragers secured them second place in Group A.

The game was delicately poised entering the final quarter as the Avondhu side led by 2-15 to 1-15, a Shane Hegarty goal for Dungourney just after half-time had halved Kildorrery’s advantage.

But a two goal burst either side of the water break put Kildorrery back in pole position. Andrew O’Brien struck for his second goal after combining well with David Kelly and James McEniry before McEniry plundered his second goal after a good pass from Eamonn O’Connor.

Though Ryan Denny kept Dungourney’s scoreboard ticking over, Kildorrery were hungry for more as they chased the semi-final spot.

O’Connor got on the scoresheet himself, Finbarr Stapleton brought his overall tally to five while Peter O’Brien was also a constant threat as they secured a merited ten-point victory.

It was a similar story in the first-half as Kildorrery’s ability to score goals gave them the edge over their Imokilly rivals. Andrew O’Brien struck for his first goal in the seventh minute to give his side a 1-3 to 0-2 advantage.

Dungourney then had their best spell of the game with Dylan Healy, Hegarty and Niall Motherway all to the fore as they took the lead in the nineteenth minute, 0-10 to 1-6.

O’Brien then set up McEniry for his first goal to take the wind out of their sails asn with James Keating performing well at midfield, they led by 2-11 to 0-12 at the break.

It leaves them awaiting either Aghabullogue or Mayfield in the semi-final next time out.

Scorers for Kildorrery: P O’Brien 0-8 (0-5 f, 0-1 65), A O’Brien 2-2, J McEniry 2-1, F Stapleton 0-5, J Keating 0-3, J O’Gorman, M Walsh, W Fouhy and E O’Connor 0-1 each.

Dungourney: R Denny 0-9 (0-7 f), S Hegarty 1-2, D Healy, Cormac Griffin, N Motherway 0-2 each, B Ahern (f), S McCarthy and N McGrath 0-1 each.

KILDORRERY: I Butler; S Kelly, S Fitzgerald, C O’Boill; J O’Gorman, M Walsh, W Fouhy; D Kent, J Keating; J O’Sullivan, P O’Brien, F Stapleton; D Kelly (Capt), A O’Brien, J McEniry. 

Subs: J Hunter for Kent (25, inj), PJ Keating for O’Sullivan (36), S O’Neill for Kelly, E O’Connor for A O’Brien (both 48), R Hurley for Walsh (55).

DUNGOURNEY: S Casey; W McCarthy, B Forbes, K Rohan; B Ahern, J McCarthy, M Leahy; D Healy, J Griffin; Cormac Griffin, N Motherway, S Hegarty; Colm Griffin, S McCarthy. 

Subs: N McGrath for McCarthy (39), S Hegarty for Forbes (53).

Referee: John Horgan (Gleann na Laoi).

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