Aghabullogue's hurlers are on a roll as they hold off Mayfield 

Aghabullogue's hurlers are on a roll as they hold off Mayfield 

Daniel Dineen, Aghabullogue, goes for a point against Mayfield in the Co-Op Superstores Cork Intermediate A Hurling Championship game. Picture: Larry Cummins

Aghabullogue 1-16 Mayfield 1-14 

A solid first half from Aghabullogue ensured they saw off Mayfield in a disappointing Cork Co-Op SuperStores Cork IAHC quarter-final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.

The winners looked a dominant force in the first half but credit to Mayfield they battled right to the wire.

The teams exchanged points in the opening minute but five unanswered points from Aghabullogue put them in pole position.

Consecutive points from Shane Duggan and Shane O’Donovan gave Mayfield a boost in the 11th minute before Duggan was blocked by Aidan Barry-Murphy just as he was about to pull the trigger.

The city side went 15 minutes without registering a score as Aghabullogue took total control and a classy goal in the 22nd minute from Matthew Bradley gave them a 1-7 to 0-3 lead.

Despite getting outplayed Mayfield refused to lie down but they needed huge improvement when trailing 1-10 to 0-6 at the break.

Nicky Kelly was called into action in the 37th minute and despite playing his first game of the season he made an instant impact.

In Kelly’s first touch he brought down a ball and played a beautiful pass to fellow substitute Jamie Curtin but his thunderous shot was superbly saved by the Aghabullogue keeper Finbarr Furey.

It took Aghabullogue 11 minutes to open their scoring when Shane Tarrant slotted over his sixth point from a free.

Kelly continued to pose Aghabullogue’s defence problems and when he caught a stunning ball in the 60th minute his assist this time saw Jamie Curtin billow the back of the net to level the match at 1-14 each.

Aghabullogue luckily responded to the wake-up call and late points from Tarrant and Bradley sealed the win where Killdorrery await them in the semi-final.

Scorers for Aghabullogue: S Tarrant 0-8 (0-5 f), M Bradley 1-2, D Dineen 0-2, P Ring, B Casey, J Buckley, D Twomey 0-1 each.

Mayfield: J Curtin 1-1, D O’Neill 0-3 f, S Duggan 0-3, N Kelly 0-2, S O’Donovan 0-2 D Lucey,D Malone, S Kelly 0-1 each.

AGHABULLOGUE: F Furey; C Furey, A Barry- Murphy, D Quinlan; P Ring, N Barry-Murphy, S O’Connell; S Furey, M Dennehy; B Casey, M Bradley, S Tarrant; J Buckley, P Twomey, D Dineen.

Subs: J Coffey for C Furey (37), L Casey for J Buckley (39), S O’Sullivan for S Furey (48), P Finnegan for P Twomey (53), N Buckley for B Casey (53).

MAYFIELD: D Wyse; S Crowley, I Looney, B O’Leary; D Hayes, R Lynch, G Lehane; S O’Donovan, D O’Neill; D O’Gorman, D Malone, K Punch; D Lucey, S Kelly, S Duggan.

Subs: J Curtin for K Punch (h-t), N Kelly for B O’Leary (37), B Punch for D O’Gorman (47), MJ Coffey for D Lucey (60).

Referee: Pa O’Driscoll (Bride Rovers).

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