Newcestown 1-14 Bride Rovers 0-11
NEWCESTOWN booked a semi-final berth against Fr O’Neill’s in the Cork Co-Op Superstores Senior A HC following a dogged win over Bride Rovers at Blarney.
Not the greatest game but for sheer guts and intensity Newcestown once again proved they are a match for any club.
Playing with the aid of a stiff wind, Newcestown looked the better side in the opening exchanges with Jack Meade opening their scoring in the second minute.
Bride Rovers, a team renowned for playing with high intensity, were second best for the majority of dirty ball.
Luckily the free-taking of William Finnegan kept them within striking distance but in the seventh minute, a classy Newcestown goal caught their defence napping.
A high ball towards the square was grabbed from the air by full-forward Sean O’Donovan and in one turn he found time to strike a ferocious shot to the roof of the net.
Scoring was a rarity for both teams with Bride Rovers failing to register one from play in the first half with Newcestown looking the better side at the break when commanding a 1-7 to 0-4 lead.
Playing against the wind Newcestown found the going a little tougher on the resumption but with Bride Rovers shooting off the mark they always looked in control.
Although Bride Rovers opened up with consecutive points when the opportunities came to get back in the game they couldn’t raise their game to the next level.
Luke Meade, in his new centre-back position, showed his class when the pressure came on Newcestown and although their Rathcormac opponents finished with 12 wides many of them were shot under pressure from resolute defending.
Newcestown were deserving winners but their semi-final clash against Fr O’Neill’s will be a far tougher assignment.
Scorers for Newcestown: C Healy 0-6 (0-4 f, 0-1 65), S O’Donovan 1-1, D Buckley, J Meade 0-2 each, C Dinneen, D Twomey, F Keane 0-1 each.
Bride Rovers: W Finnegan 0-5 (0-4 f, 0-1 65), C Barry, C O’Connor 0-2 f each, K Kearney, S Walsh 0-1 each.
NEWCESTOWN: C Wilson; M McSweeney, C Twomey, M Courtney; C O’Neill, L Meade, G O’Donovan; T Twomey, C Dinneen; D Twomey, J Kelleher, J Meade; F Keane, S O’Donovan, C Healy.
Subs: D Buckley for J Kelleher (38), E Kelly for C Dinneen (54), N O Muiri for C O’Neill (58).
BRIDE ROVERS: C Hogan; F Collins, B Murphy, T O’Sullivan; S O’Connor, E Roche, S Walsh; D Dooley, K Kearney; W Finnegan, R Prendergast, P O’Flynn; C Ryan, C O’Connor, B Roche.
Subs: M Quinn for F Collins (28), M Collins P O’Flynn (h-t), C Ryan for J Mannix (44), C Barry for W Finnegan (49).
Referee: Mark Maher (St Finbarr’s).