Clonakilty 1-12 Carrigaline 0-8
CLONAKILTY held off a second-half revival from Carrigaline to take victory in Group A of the Bons Secours Hospital Cork Premier SFC at Charlie Hurley Park in Bandon on Saturday afternoon.
Eight points from Kerry Gaeltacht native Dara Ó Sé were key for Clon, who had led by 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time only to allow Carrigaline to come back to within two points, 0-10 to 0-8, with ten minutes left. Thankfully for the West Cork side, they retained the lead and finished well as two Ó Sé points were followed by a goal from sub David O’Regan.
In the first half, Clon were on song as they held possession well to create openings and Ó Sé shone at full-forward as he kicked five points. Maurice Shanley led a strong defence while Martin Scally and another Kerryman, Joe Grimes, combined at midfield. Indeed, they might have had a nine-point interval lead but Seán White was unlucky with a goal chance.
The injury-enforced loss of Scally just before half-time was costly and the withdrawal of Ó Sé to midfield denied Clon a cutting edge in attack. Carrigaline improved on the resumption. A point from influential midfielder Kevin Kavanagh set them on their way and Jack McCarthy added two more as they cut the lead to three. In the midst of that purple patch, Olin Barry might have had a goal for the south-east side but Mark White in the Clon goal did well to save with his leg.
Ó Sé’s sixth point just before the drinks break gave Clon a bit of breathing space but Carrigaline continued to hold the upper hand after action resumed, with Kieran Kavanagh and Éanna Desmond scoring points to cut the deficit to just two points.
It was as close as they would come, though, as Clonakilty rediscovered their earlier fluidity, helped in no small part by two more Ó Sé points to move four clear again.
The win was sealed at the death as the impressive Grimes and Seán McEvoy did well to open up Carrigaline before O’Regan was given the straightforward task of netting.
Clon now face Ballincollig in three weeks as they seek to move on to the knockout stages while Carrigaline must take something from St Finbarr’s.
Scorers for Clonakilty: D Ó Sé 0-8 (0-2 f), D O’Regan 1-0, J Grimes, B White, B Ridgeway, S White 0-1 each.
Scorers for Carrigaline: J McCarthy 0-2, Kieran Kavanagh, D Griffin, Kevin Kavanagh, D Greene, O Barry, É Desmond (f) 0-1 each.
CLONAKILTY: M White; E Deasy, M Shanley, D Lowney; D Murphy, T Clancy, C O’Donoghue; J Grimes, M Scally; R Mannix, S McEvoy, B White; S White, D Ó Sé, B Ridgeway.
Subs: J O’Mahony for Scally (27, injured), D O’Regan for Ridgeway (41), G Barry for B White (51), S Nagle for Mannix (59).
CARRIGALINE: S Mellett; N Quirke, P Ronayne, C Murphy; S Dwane, C Barry, Kieran Kavanagh; D Griffin, Kevin Kavanagh; D Greene, J McCarthy, N Coleman; O Barry, L Boyle, É Desmond.
Subs: C Barrett for Boyle (53), K O’Reilly for O Barry (53, injured).
Referee: P O’Driscoll (Bride Rovers).