Millstreet 2-18 St Finbarr’s 1-7
MILLSTREET were comprehensive victors against St Finbarr’s in this Bon Secours Cork Intermediate A Football Championship clash played in Carrigadrohid on Sunday afternoon.
This was a display which saw Millstreet well in control throughout. They were slick in their use of possession and produced some neat passing exchanges.
While the Duhallow side also clinically punished the space which they exploited in the Barrs defence.
All in all it was a very productive opening championship day at the office from a Millstreet point of view.
Andrew Turner of The Barr’s got the opening score of the game. While Millstreet got off the mark through a Padraig Moynihan point and it was they who took control of the proceedings from there in the opening half.
Neil Flahive and Colm O’Leary both took their points well and then with 12 minutes played, Millstreet found the back of the net.
It was Flahive that was to accurately blast the ball home from close range.
Millstreet were to maintain control proceedings right up until the half time break, with Darren Kiely getting a brace of pointed efforts, along with further scores by Flahive and O’Leary.
There was also to be a second Millstreet goal before the break, as James Broxton put the finishing touches to what was a fine collective team passing move.
It was Millstreet who were in total control and that led at the half time break 2-9, to the 0-3 of St Finbarr’s.
Millstreet commenced the second half in a similar fashion. Moynihan got another score, while Darragh Cashman got a fine point after an impressive solo effort.
The Barr’s got further scores from Adrian Murphy and Fionnan O’Shea, but the second string of the city club were second best in the overall picture of the contest.
It was the men of Millstreet who finished off the afternoon in fine fashion. Broxton was to slot over a close-ranged point and that man Flahive got in on the scoring act once more to round off a fine hour or so of action for the Duhallow men.
Millstreet will seek to get more positive results and displays in their remaining group stage games, which are against Ballinora and Glenville.
The Barr’s, who did manage to get a late consolation goal through the boot of Sam Cunningham, meanwhile will be hoping for a more improved showing the next time out.
Scorers for Millstreet: N Flahive 1-9, J Broxton 1-1, C O’Leary 0-3, P Moynihan, D Kiely 0-2 each, D Cashman 0-1.
St Finbarr’s: F O’Shea (0-2 f) 0-4, S Cunningham 1-0, A Murphy, A Turner, C Madden 0-1 each.
MILLSTREET: M O’Donovan; D Buckley, A Murphy, R Murphy; M Murphy, K Crowley, D Cashman; S Hickey, M Ellis; J Broxton, P Moynihan, J Linehan; C O’Leary, N Flahive, D Kiely.
Subs: P Sheehan for Crowley (12, inj), B O’Flynn for Kiely (HT), D Murphy for Lenihan (45), T Healy for Murphy (48), P Dineen for Murphy (58).
St FINBARR'S: J McDonnell; C Davey, P Kennedy, M Griffin; C McCarthy, A McCarthy, D Byrne; A Turner, A Murphy; D Scannell, D O’Sullivan, L Hannigan; S Cunningham, C Madden, F O’Shea.
Subs: E Dennehy for Murphy (15), Murphy for Madden (36), I Power for Scannell (45).
Referee: Brendan Barry-Murphy(Aghabullogue).