Bandon 0-17 Fermoy 0-16
BANDON edged a gripping Co Op Superstores Cork Senior A hurling championship clash with a dogged win over Fermoy at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.
The opening exchanges were frantic, but Bandon showed more physical power in key departments. They hit points through Mark Sugrue, Ronan Crowley, Michael Cahalane and Darren Crowley before Fermoy responded a minute later when David Lardner drilled a 60-yard free over.
Suddenly Fermoy found a spring in their step, scoring through Paudie de Roiste and Martin Brennan.
The intensity of the game increased, and with Fermoy building in confidence and Martin Aherne they should have done better in the 20th minute when he blasted the ball over the bar instead of under.
Ronan Crowley finished the half in style for Bandon with his fifth point that ensured they went in commanding a two-point lead 0-10 to 0-8.
Bandon were quickest out of the blocks on the restart with three unanswered points from Charlie Long, Conor Calnan and Jason Hickey in the opening four minutes.
The Fermoy full-back Adam Creed scored a magnificent individual point in the first half with a solo run and subline strike and he repeated it in the 35th minute with a similar move.
It seemed Fermoy were intent on increasing the intensity, but their opponents were lethal when getting a look at the posts particularly Ronan Crowley who was simply awesome when his team needed inspiration and scores.
The game was finely balanced deep into the final quarter and Fermoy reduced it to the minimum when Jake Carr struck over a point following a free in the 51st minute.
Five minutes later Carr was replaced by Liam Coleman
Crowley executed crucial points in the 56th and 58th minutes but Coleman showed his skill when he nailed his second free three minutes into added time that reduced the deficit to the minimum. However a late free to level it just drifted off wide.
Scorers for Bandon: R Crowley 0-8, M Sugrue 0-2, C Calnan 0-2, C Long 0-2, D Crowley, A Murphy, M Cahalane (f) 0-1 each.
Fermoy: P de Roiste 0-3, J Carr 0-3 f, D Lardner, L Coleman 0-2 f each, M Brennan, A Creed, A Aherne 0-2 each.
BANDON: P Prendergast; A O’Connell, P Murphy, J O’Donovan; D Lucey, J Hickey, T Twohig; C Dullea, C Calnan; D Crowley, M Cahalane, A Murphy; M Sugrue, R Crowley, C Long.
Sub: C O’Mahony for C Dullea (56).
FERMOY: C Quinn; S Shanahan, A Creed, J Scannell; B O’Sullivan, D O’Carroll, P Murphy; E Clancy, M Brennan; A Aherne, K Morrisson, P de Roiste; D Lardner, S Aherne, J Carr.
Subs: D Daly for A Aherne (40), J Ring for D Lardner (40), L Coleman for J Carr (56).
Referee: Dave Daly (Brian Dillons).