A comprehensive victory for Killeagh in the second game of the SE Cork senior championship held in Castle Road on Saturday evening.
An excellent display of free taking, side-line’s and striking from Chloe Sigerson was the hallmark of the second half after senior debutants Newcestown held the experienced East Cork side to level terms at the break.
Newcestown failed to be overawed by the tradition of Killeagh with an honest hardworking performance and it stood them in good stead in the opening thirty minutes.
Killeagh were out of the blocks with two points inside two minutes.
By the fourteenth they led 0-5 to 0-1, Chloe Sigerson with four points to her credit, three from frees.
Newcestown were knuckling down with goalkeeper Orlan Dineen’s strong puckouts reaching an impressive half forward line where Ciara O’Sullivan in particular was causing problems.
A long Meabh O’Donovan ball slipped through the fingers of Stephanie Beausang in the Killeagh goal and the game was level on seventeen. It became point for point. Despite having the more balanced hurlers Killeagh couldn’t get into their stride against a dogged Newcestown.
Killeagh had the strong swirling wind advantage in the second half and were four points to the good after seven minutes, Rachel Sheehan and Laura Tracey, now operating at centre forward, with two apiece. Chloe Sigerson added another as Killeagh’s deliveries started to improve.
Credit must go to Newcestown full back Mary McSweeney who had many good moments one on one over the hour against the Cork star.
But with Jessica O’Shea, Ciara Daly, Rachel Sheehan and Laura Treacy providing a massive supply inside during that second period Killeagh were ratching up the frees and Chloe was punishing.
She picked off ten second half points with sweet striking, two from play as Newcestown’ s defence was bombarded with attacks.
Against the wind the West Cork side found it hard to make headway beyond their half forward line and working so hard for every ball became a tiring exercise.
When Killeagh won another close in free on sixty five minutes, for practice alone Chloe was going to go for it and hit the net she did to secure a convincing win.
Scorers for Killeagh: C Sigerson 1-15 (1-10f, 0-1 45), L Treacy 0-4, R Sheehan 0-3, R Fogarty 0-1 Newcestown: C O’Sullivan 0-5 (0-4f), M O’Donovan 1-0
KILLEAGH: S Beausang; E Treacy, A Walsh, N O’Keeffe; L McEvoy, H Looney, C Daly; C Barry, L Treacy; J O’Shea, R Fogarty, C Harney; A O’Driscoll, C Sigerson, R Sheehan.
NEWCESTOWN: O Dineen; L Jennings, M McSweeney, R Hallahan; M Lynch, A O’Donovan, S Kelleher; E Crowley, M O’Donovan; C O’Sullivan, M Crowley, E Tarrant; O O’Mahony, M Kenneally, A O’Sullivan.
Referee: Cathal Egan (Glen Rovers).