Ballinascarthy 1-13 Kilbree 0-14
IN a repeat of last year’s final pairing Bal triumphed once more but matters were a lot closer at the end of this Carbery JAHC quarter-final tie in Clonakilty.
Despite serving up a Brian O’Donovan goal in the fourth minute the defending champions struggled for the remainder of the opening half.
During this period Kilbree ruled the roost and went eight points clear before the winners ended an 18-minute barren scoring spell with the last two points to close the gap to four points leaving the halftime scoreline reading Kilbree 0-9, Bal 1-3.
Favoured by the slight breeze the holders continued to labour and struggled to draw level by the 55th minute. Then a Ben Murray point eased them back in front and with Kilbree wasting some clear cut opportunities of getting back on terms a Cillian Cullinane point eased the holders through to the semi-final.
Given the excellent start they got, when Brian O’Donovan poked home a breaking ball from Ben Murray early on, one would have expected Bal would have built on their advantage.
However, with Darragh Coakley unerring from placed balls and the Kilbree half-back division on top, it was the Rossmore side who took over.
Thomas Tyner caught the eye in attack also while Martin O’Donovan beavered away in midfield as they eased 0-9 to 1-1 clear by the 25th minute.
As so often before, the free-taking of Jeremy Ryan steadied the winners who restarted a slow revival with a point from effective wing-back Kieran O’Neill soon after the resumption.
The winners' defence also knuckled down to their task with blocking and hooking a feature of their play as they harried the Kilbree attack into error.
For a while, Kilbree kept sniping away but failed to score in the last 15 minutes when Bal’s experience told as they hit over the final seven points to scrape through.
Scorers for Bal: J Ryan 0-7 f, B O’Donovan 1-0, B Murray 0-2, C O’Neill, R O’Flynn, S Ryan, C Cullinane 0-1 each.
Kilbree: D Coakley 0-6 (0-5 f), T Tyner 0-5 (0-4 f), D Coffey, D O’Gorman, M O’Donovan 0-1 each.
BALLINASCARTHY: D Hennessy; D O’Brien, C Nyhan, E O’Brien; C O’Neill, C Ryan, L Murray; D Walsh, J Ryan; R O’Flynn, S Ryan, Cillian Cullinane; D McCarthy, B Murray, B O’Donovan.
Subs: Conall Cullinane for D Walsh, M Kirby for D McCarthy.
KILBREE: W Tyner; S Deasy, L O’Brien, B Keohane; John Clancy, K Keohane, J Deasy; M O’Donovan, R Collins G McCarthy, D Coakley, Ó Scannell; T Tyner, D O’Gorman, D Coffey.
Subs: J O’Donovan for G McCarthy, B Deasy for R Collins, James Clancy for M O’Donovan.
Referee: Ml Collins, (Clonakilty).