Ballincollig 2-17 Clonakilty 1-10
YOUNG Darren Murphy and Cian Dorgan combined for 1-13 to steer Ballincollig back on course for a place in the knock-out stage of the Bon Secours county premier senior football championship at Enniskeane yesterday.
Murphy scored six points from play in a terrific display of finishing while Dorgan contributed 1-7, his goal from a penalty three minutes into the second half turning the tie back Ballincollig's way again.
Murphy rattled off the next four points with Noel Galvin clearing off the line at the other end as the 2014 champions surged 1-15 to 0-7 clear approaching the final quarter.
But, Dara Ó Sé converted a penalty for Clon, despite keeper Jack Gibbons getting a strong hand to the powerful shot, and Ballincollig also lost Galvin to a second yellow card for his foul on Sean McEvoy.
Clon managed to cut the deficit to five points before losing Sean Nagle to a black card, 14 v 14, a couple of minutes from the end of regulation time.
Ballincollig closed out the deal with a super Cian Kiely point and a second goal from substitute Dara Dorgan following Ciaran O'Sullivan's run.
The seriousness of Ballincollig's position was reflected in the way they went about their task.
They stunned Clon by scoring seven points inside the opening 11 minutes.
Ballincollig owned possession and they patiently built up play to create opportunities with intelligent use of the ball and clever movement inside.
A Dorgan free in the first minute helped them settle straight away as Murphy chipped with a pair, which were quickly followed by two more from Dorgan, 0-5 inside seven minutes.
Wing-back Kiely and Pa Kelly were heavily involved in the creation of points as Clon struggled to cope, reflected in Kevin Browne's score in an unmarked position, And when Dorgan kicked his sixth point after only 11 minutes, Clon were in big trouble.
An Ó Sé point stopped the before the water break altered the complexion as Clon hit three in-a-row to only trail by 0-10 to 0-6 at the break.
Scorers for Ballincollig: C Dorgan 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-4 f), D Murphy 0-6, D Dorgan 1-0, K Browne 0-2, C Kiely, S Kiely 0-1 each.
Clonakilty: D Ó Se 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-4 f), J Grimes, S White, D O'Regan, S McEvoy 0-1 each.
BALLINCOLLIG: J Gibbons; S Murphy, L Jennings, C Moore; JP Murphy, N Galvin, C Kiely; S Kiely, C O'Sullivan; K Browne, L Fahy, E Cooke; C Dorgan, P Kelly, D Murphy.
Subs: P O'Neill for Fahy injured 34, K Coleman for Browne 48, C O'Connell for Coleman injured 52, D Dorgan for Cooke 54.
CLONAKILTY: M White; E Deasy, M Shanley, D Lowney; T Murphy, T Clancy, C O'Donoghue; J Grimes, M Scally; R Mannix, S McEvoy, B White; B Ridgeway, D Ó Sé, S White.
Subs: J O'Mahony for O'Donoghue 17, G Barry for Deasy 25, D O'Regan for B White and S Nagle for Mannix, half-time, White for Murphy injured 60+5.
Referee: J Ryan (Macroom)