Cloughduv 4-19 Glen Rovers 1-19
CLOUGHDUV are through to the quarter-finals of the Co-Op Superstores Cork Intermediate A Hurling Championship as they emphatically defeated Glen Rovers 4-19 to 1-19 at Páirc Uí Rinn.
An incredible display from Mark Verling, which saw him score 4-5 of his side’s total, was enough to see Cloughduv secure the win that they needed to finish second in Group C and set up a clash with Sars in the last eight.
The Glen knew they needed a convincing win here and also for the result in the other final group game between Aghabullogue and Midleton to go in their favour if they were to have any hopes of progressing to the quarters having lost to both those sides previously.
And they opened the scoring inside the opening minute as David Busteed - on his birthday - raced clear and coolly fired the ball between the uprights.
Cloughduv also needed a favour from the group leaders Aghabullogue, who they lost to in their first game back since the restart, as their victory last time out against Midleton wasn’t enough to see them start the game second - they still had an inferior points difference to the East Cork club.
They wasted no time in hitting back as they levelled terms before the second minute with the clinical corner-forward Brian Verling doing the honours.
The two sides soon swapped three overs a piece but the Glen would go 23 minutes without a score, although they did get three on the bounce in additional time through David Brown (2) and an Evan O’Connell free.
In that time - inspired by the Verling brothers - the Muskerry club grabbed complete control of proceedings.
They were ahead by the minimum in the 9th minute but left half-forward Mark Verling then burst past his marker and emphatically drilled the sliotar into the far top left corner, 1-5 to 0-4.
They would add four without reply either side of the water break and just before the half time break, they raised a green flag for the second time, and again it was Mark Verling who got it.
The talented number 12 again found himself through with the keeper and this time he expertly slotted the ball under him and into the bottom left corner to help them lead 2-11 to 0-7 at the interval.
Rovers showed plenty of character in the second half but Verling’s powerful finish on 38 - to complete his hat trick - meant they were only playing for pride.
They would snatch a goal of their own through Evan O’Connell but further points from the influential pair of Brian and Mark Verling - the latter also getting a fourth goal - ensured Cloughduv reached the last eight of the competition in style.
Scorers for Cloughduv: M Verling 4-5, B Verling 0-10 (0-5 f), M Walsh 0-3, K Walsh 0-1.
Glen Rovers: E O’Connell 1-8 (0-5 f), D Brown 0-5, P Virgo 0-3, A Evans (f), D Busteed and C McGuckan 0-1 each.
CLOUGHDUV: J Buckley; J Moynihan, B Ahern, P Buckley; T Dineen, E Clifford, D O’Leary; L Kelleher, W Ahern; A Murphy, M Walsh, M Verling; K Walsh, S O’Connor, B Verling.
Subs: A Twomey for E Clifford (19), D Corkery for K Walsh (ht), J Kelleher for S O’Connor (48), M Dunne for A Murphy (55), E Moynihan for W Ahern (55).
GLEN ROVERS: C McCarthy; D Morris, K McCarthy Coade, G Moylan; C O’Sullivan, D Moylan, C McGuckan; G Mulcahy, D Busteed; R Virgo, A Evans, G Kennefick; E O’Connell, D Brown, R McGuckan.
Subs: S Busteed for R Virgo (37), D Milner for D Moylan (45), B Phelan for A Evans (48), Referee: Eamonn Sheehy (Newcestown).