Cork IAFC: Mitchelstown and Kilshannig powered through group stages

Cork IAFC: Mitchelstown and Kilshannig powered through group stages

Kilshannig's Killian O'Hanlon and Kildorrery's Kieran Hurley go high for the ball during the Bon Secours Cork IAFC at Mallow. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

MITCHELSTOWN took top seedind in the Bons Secours Cork Intermediate A Football Championship as they beat Mayfield in Fermoy on Saturday to win Group C.

The North Cork side were 0-17 to 2-3 winners, having led by 0-8 to 1-2 at half-time. Cork senior star Cathail O’Mahony scored five points for Mitchelstown, with Jimmy Sheehan, Pa Magee and Michael Walsh also among the scorers.

Mayfield must now negotiate the relegation play-off, with Glanmire their opponents.

Glanworth took second place in that section, with Stevie Condon’s early goal against Adrigole in Ovens ultimately proving the difference in a 1-9 to 0-9 win. Shane O’Riordan and David Pyne were among the point-scorers for the North Cork side, with David Harrington and Kevin Goggin on target for the Beara men, who finish in third place.

Rockchapel held off a strong challenge from divisional rivals Ballydesmond to win by 0-16 to 1-12 at Kiskeam in Group B, a result which meant they topped the group.

Séamus Hickey, Conor Keppel, Daniel O’Callaghan and James Forrest were to the fore as Rockchapel built a 0-12 to 0-4 half-time lead but Ballydesmond came back strongly and were four points behind when they won a penalty in the closing stages. Donncha O’Connor converted from the spot but they were unable to find an equaliser – however, they will avoid the relegation play-off.

Aghabullogue win join Group D winners Kilshannig in the knockout stages after they beat Glanmire in Blarney to wrap up a second-placed finish. The final score was 2-10 to 1-5 in favour of the Muskerry men, who led by 1-4 to 0-5 at half-time. Evan O’Sullivan finished with 1-6 for the Coachford side with Matthew Bradley contributing 1-2 and Luke Casey notching two points.

Glanmire will now do battle with neighbours Mayfield to avoid dropping to junior A.

In Group A, sub PJ Dennehy got a late winning goal for Glenville against Millstreet – while it didn’t prevent the Duhallow side topping the pool, it ensured Glenville had no relegation worries.

Pádraig Moynihan’s goal put Millstreet 1-6 to 0-5 ahead by half-time and they pushed on after the restart but Shane Field’s goal got Glenville back into it. A point from Moynihan had Millstreet two points ahead with the end nearing as Millstreet targeted a 100 percent record, but Dennehy had the final say.

Joining Millstreet in the quarter-finals will be Ballinora, who saw off St Finbarr’s on a 0-14 to 0-10 scoreline at Ballincollig. Ben Ahern and Darragh Holmes had first-half points as Ballinora amassed a 0-7 to 0-4 half-time lead but in the second half Andrew Turner and Jack O’Brien brought the Barrs’ second team back to within a point.

Ballinora pushed on again through Darragh Corkery, ensuring that they finished level on points with Millstreet, who finished first on the head-to-head basis.

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