Cian O'Riordan fires Mallow to last four of Senior A Football Championship

Cian O'Riordan fires Mallow to last four of Senior A Football Championship

Cian O’Riordan, Mallow, getting the opening goal against Bandon in their Bon Secours SAFC quarter-final match at Blarney. Picture: Dan Linehan

Mallow 2-16 Bandon 2-10 

MALLOW drive on to the semi-final of the Senior A Football Championship where they'll meet Fermoy, after this six-point victory over Bandon in sun-drenched Blarney on Sunday afternoon.

An impressive performance from Mallow, buoyed by a barnstorming second-half display, was enough to see them progress to the last four.

This was a Mallow display full of purpose and conviction, as they surely have made their title intentions known after this showing.

Despite what was a brave Bandon effort, Mallow were not going to be denied and saw off their stern challenge.

Bandon got off to the most perfect of starts in this one by finding the back of the net. Mark Sugrue went on a driving run of around 30 yards and coolly converted with a crisp finish to the net.

 Cian O’Riordan, Mallow celebrates his goal watched by Peter Murphy, Bandon. Picture: Dan Linehan
Cian O’Riordan, Mallow celebrates his goal watched by Peter Murphy, Bandon. Picture: Dan Linehan

But Mallow duly settled into the contest. A Michael O’Rourke free got them off the mark. That was to be followed by a delightful James Loughrey effort and a placed ball from Cian O’Riordan.

There was to be a response to this spell of pressure from Bandon through scores from Darren Crowley and Sugrue.

Mallow were found the net, when Cian O’Riordan found the bottom corner with a perfectly struck shot.

Both sides were to then exchange scores before the half time break. Bandon saw Ronan Crowley get on scoring act with a point.

While Mallow ended the half on a high, as Darragh Moynihan ran through for a well-taken goal, as they held the advantage at 2-7 to 1-8 at half time.

Early in the second half saw Mallow add further early points. But they had a number of goal chances also, including when O’Rourke saw a soccer-style effort come back off the post.

A cool Ryan Harkin point, along with a Pa Herlihy score saw Mallow with a six-point lead midway through the second half. But Bandon were not to give up the fight and netted courtesy of a Phillip Crowley goal.

 Mallow's Ryan Harkin and Trevor McEvoy looking to stop the breaking Peter Murphy, Bandon. Picture: Dan Linehan
Mallow's Ryan Harkin and Trevor McEvoy looking to stop the breaking Peter Murphy, Bandon. Picture: Dan Linehan

Mallow showed they were made of strong character and they ended the contest strongly, getting four of the final five scores of the game.

A point from Kieran O’Sullivan and a pair of Jack Dillon scores capped off a fine day at the office from a Mallow point of view.

Awaiting in the semi-final for Mallow are Fermoy.

Another display like this one and Mallow will take some stopping.

Scorers for- Mallow: C O’Riordan (0-1 f) 1-5, D Moynihan 1-0, E Stanton 0-3, R Harkin, J Dillon 0-2 each, M O’Rourke, P Herlihy, K O’Sullivan, J Loughrey 0-1 each.

Bandon: M Sugrue (0-1 f, 0-1 45) 1-5, P Crowley 1-0, D Crowley 0-3, B Collins, R Crowley 0-1 each.

Mallow: K Doyle; B Myers, J Loughrey, A Cashman; T McEvoy, S Merritt, M Taylor; D Moynihan, E Stanton; K O’Sullivan, R Harkin, M O’Rourke; C O’Riordan, K Sheehan, S McDonnell.

Subs: P Herlihy for McDonnell (36), E Kelleher for Sheehan (41), J Dillon for O’Rourke, P Hennessy for O’Sullivan (54), D Breen for Merritt (59) Bandon: P Prendergast; J O’Mahony, J O’Donovan, B Crowley; R O’Driscoll, P Murphy, D O’Donovan; R Long, D Crowley; C O’Mahony, M Sugrue, D Crowley; M Cahalane, B Collins, R Crowley.

Subs: J Walsh for Long (HT), J Mulcahy for Crowley (40), P Crowley for O’Donovan (46), M O’Regan for Cahalane (50).

Referee: Robert Whelan

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