Classy Kanturk upped the gears in the second half to shoot down Cloyne

Classy Kanturk upped the gears in the second half to shoot down Cloyne
Alan Sheehy, Kanturk, wins possession against Cloyne in the Co-Op Superstores SAHC game at Killavullen. Picture: John Tarrant

Kanturk 2-18 Cloyne 1-9 

KANTURK were deserving victors as they as they proved much too strong for Cloyne in this Co-op Superstores Cork SAHC Group game played in Killavullen this afternoon.

A double-scores victory looked unlikely at the end of a first period where Kanturk played with the breeze, and while they started well, they would have been disappointed with how they used it as they shot ten wides.

Of particular concern would have been their poor decision making as they regularly shot from distance as opposed to feeding the dual threat of Alan and Aidan Walsh in their two-man full-forward line.

Lorcán McLoughlin swapped scores with Mikey Cahill early on before the Walsh cousins announced their arrival. 

Aidan soared high to fetch a delivery from Paul Walsh before blasting it past Dónal Óg Cusack. 

He added a point 60 seconds later and when Alan Walsh popped over his first score Kanturk looked in control, as they led by 1-3 to 0-1.

The wides kept coming, however, and two Cahill frees left Cloyne happy enough as they broke for drinks. They were even happier moments later when Paudie O’Sullivan showcased his undoubted class, firing past Anthony Nash to level the game for the second time.

Kanturk answered the goal well with points from Brian O’Sullivan, Lorcan O’Neill and Lorcán McLoughlin but two more frees from Cahill meant that there was only one between them, 1-6 to 1-5, as Cloyne turned to play with the wind.

Kanturk's Liam O'Keeffe. Picture: John Tarrant
Kanturk's Liam O'Keeffe. Picture: John Tarrant

However, Cloyne’s lack of a scoring threat outside of Mikey Cahill and Paudie O’Sullivan was to be a major problem in a third-quarter where they were outscored by 0-7 to 0-2. Keith Dennehy then saw yellow for a second time and Cloyne were creaking.

O’Neill and O’Sullivan had four points in that period for Kanturk with Lorcán McLoughlin and Walshes, Aidan and Alan, also on target. As was the pattern of the game, Cloyne’s only answer came from two Cahill points and were it not for two vital saves from Dónal Óg Cusack, the result would have been certain before the second drinks break as they trailed by 1-13 to 1-7.

A Brian O’Shea point on the resumption briefly brought Cloyne closer but when Lorcán McLoughlin reacted quickest to another save from Cusack to whip the ball home, the game was up for the Imokilly side.

O’Sullivan and O’Neill shared three points between them in the closing stages while Ryan Walsh and Lorcán McLoughlin also found the target with Cahill, inevitably, tapping over Cloyne’s final score.

It leaves Kanturk on top of the group with Newcestown while Cloyne face into an east Cork derby next weekend against Killeagh.

Scorers for Kanturk: L McLoughlin 1-4 (0-1 f, 0-1 65), L O’Neill 0-6, Aidan Walsh 1-2, B O’Sullivan 0-3, Alan Walsh 0-2, R Walsh 0-1.

Cloyne: M Cahill 0-8 (0-6 f), P O’Sullivan 1-0, B O’Shea 0-1.

KANTURK: A Nash; J McLoughlin, L Cashman, A Sheehy; J Browne, D Browne, P Walsh; L McLoughlin (c), B O’Sullivan; J Fitzpatrick, R Walsh, L O’Neill; L O’Keeffe, Aidan Walsh, Alan Walsh.

CLOYNE: D Óg Cusack; D Germyn, E Motherway, B Fleming (c); M Lynch, S Beausang, J Halahan; A Walsh, B Minihan; B Walsh, K Dennehy, D Cahill; M Cahill, P O’Sullivan, N Cahill. 

Subs: K Mullins for D Cahill (h/t), E Motherway for Lynch (38), D O’Sullivan for B Walsh (48), B O’Shea for A Walsh (48).

Referee: Teddy O’Donovan (Douglas).

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