Cork hurling: Charleville finish in style to get the better of Mallow

Cork hurling: Charleville finish in style to get the better of Mallow
Charleville's Darragh Fitzgibbon strikes over a point against Mallow during the Co-Op Stores Cork SAHC at Kilbrin. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Charleville 0-22 Mallow 1-16 

IT was a tough battle, but Charleville eventually came out on top against Mallow in Group B of the Co-Op Superstores Cork SAHC at Kilbrin on Saturday. 

Level seven times, the winners needed a ferocious fourth quarter to secure their second set of points.

Substitute Charlie Carroll getting the Mallow goal at the death.

Charleville trailed by two points at half time and were three in behind on 40 minutes, but they came good in those closing stages.

This is a second loss for Mallow who fought to the bitter end but they were left to rue some missed chances especially late on when the outcome hung in the balance. They also had a Cormac Murphy penalty saved by Cian Collins coming towards the end of the hour.

There were many outstanding displays on both sides, safe to say every player gave of their all on a very hot day for hurling. And there was only a puck of a ball between them after an action-packed game.

The sides were level 0-3 apiece but when Darragh Fitzgibbon (2) and Jack Doyle landed points, Charleville moved three ahead. Efforts from Fionn O’Neill, Paul Lyons and two from Kevin Sheehan claimed parity for Mallow in the 22nd minute, 0-7 each.

Mallow finished the half well. Kevin Sheehan, Denis Hayes and Aaron Sheehan ensuring an 0-11 to 0-9 interval advantage.

Mallow restarted positively, Murphy, Hayes and Sheehan getting some good scores to yield a 0-15 to 0-12 advantage. Both goalkeepers – Collins and Podge Buckley – called upon to clear their lines too.

Charleville quickly set about reducing the margin and by the time the second water stop was signalled, they had hit the front, 0-16 to 0-15.

And they continued in the ascendancy, moving six clear before Carroll’s late goal.

Charleville's Jack Meade and Mallow's Denis Hayes go high. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Charleville's Jack Meade and Mallow's Denis Hayes go high. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Scorers for Charleville: D Fitzgibbon 0-11(0-9 f), J Doyle and A Cagney 0-3 each, G Kelleher and D O’Flynn 0-2 each, J O’Callaghan 0-1.

Mallow: A Sheehan 0-5 (0-3 f, 0-2 65s), C Carroll 1-0, C Murphy 0-3, K Sheehan, D Hayes and G Sweeney 0-2 each, F O’Neill and P Lyons 0-1 each.

CHARLEVILLE: C Collins; D Butler, J Meade, M O’Flynn; J Barry, A Dennehy, F Cagney; D O’Flynn, J O’Callaghan; M Kavanagh, D Fitzgibbon, J Doyle; D Casey, G Kelleher, A Cagney.

Sub: T Hawe for M Kavanagh (half time).

MALLOW: P Buckley; J O’Hanlon, F O’Neill, J Healy; P Healy, R Sheehan, D Moynihan; P Lyons, N O’Riordan; G Sweeney, P Herlihy, K Sheehan; A Sheehan, C Murphy, D Hayes.

Subs: G O’Sullivan for J Healy (48), C Carroll for G Sweeney (48), J Hayes for R Sheehan (54), D Buckley for K Sheehan (bs 58-60).

Referee: Conor Lane (Banteer).

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