Newtown roar back from eight points down to defeat Bishopstown

Newtown roar back from eight points down to defeat Bishopstown
Bishopstown's Eoin Byrne and Newtownshandrum's Jamie Coughlan tussle for the ball during the Co-Op Stores Cork PSHC at Kilshannig. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Newtownshandrum 0-21 Bishopstown 1-15 

BISHOPSTOWN let slip an eight-point lead during the second-half of this hard-hitting county senior hurling championship tie at Glantane yesterday.

They had jumped clear with a Mark Driscoll goal after 43 minutes, quickly followed by a superb point against the wind by Pa Cronin for a 1-15 to 0-10 lead.

And Driscoll almost snatched a second moments later just before the second water-break, but shot wide. Still the Town looked in a winning position.

But, the break in play came at the right time for Newtown, who took over in the remainder of a second-half which ran to 40 minutes.

Incredibly they scored 11 points without reply, taking full advantage of the increasing wind and playing with the slope, as well.

From the 52nd minute to the closing 70th minute, the north Cork side went on a scoring spree, which began with young Paul O'Sullivan and concluded with Conor Griffin.

In between, substitutes Dermot McCarthy, who claimed four in all, Jack Twomey and Jerry O'Mahony all nailed scores.

Newtown's Tim O'Mahony rises high. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Newtown's Tim O'Mahony rises high. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

And to compound Bishopstown's misery, goalkeeper Ken O'Halloran was shown a red card near the end, ruling him out of next week's game against Erin's Own.

Bishopstown's three-point interval advantage, 0-12 to 0-9, didn't look that an imposing a task for their opponents.

The Murray brothers, Brian and Tomas, at midfield for the city club, supplied seven of their side's scores in the opening half, all from play.

Cronin was the other main source of their scores from centre-forward, converting four points from placed balls. Wing-back Diarmuid Lester claimed their other score.

There was a great spread among the Newtown scorers with wing-backs Michael Thompson and O'Sullivan and midfielder Cormac O'Brien all finding the range.

Bishopstown pulled five points in front approaching the break with Tomas Murray nailing three on the spin for 0-12 to 0-7.

A couple of Jamie Coughlan frees helped Newtown's cause, but it was still fired-up Bishopstown who continued to make the running in the second-half.

Jamie O'Sullivan did a fine job on restricting Tim O'Mahony, who moved to full-forward after half-time, only for Newtown to come good in the closing quarter.

Scorers for Newtownshandrum: J Coughlan 0-6 f, D McCarthy 0-4, P O'Sullivan, C O'Brien, C Griffin, T O'Mahony 0-2 each, M Thompson, J Twomey, J O'Mahony 0-1 each.

Scorers for Bishopstown: P Cronin 0-6 (0-4 f, 0-1 65), B Murray 0-4, M Driscoll 1-0, T Murray 0-3, D Lester and D Quaid 0-1 each.

NEWTOWNSHANDRUM: J Bowles; D Guiney, K O'Sullivan, M Ryan; M Thompson, C Twomey, P O'Sullivan; C O'Brien, D Hawe; J Lane, T O'Mahony, D O'Connor; J Geary, C Griffin, J Coughlan. 

Subs: D McCarthy for Hawe 36, S Griffin for Geary 40, J Twomey for Thompson injured 54, J O'Mahony for O'Connor injured 59.

BISHOPSTOWN: K O'Halloran; S Murphy, B Murphy, E Byrne; S O'Neill, J O'Sullivan, D Lester; T Murray, B Murray; J Scally, P Cronin, S Lordan; C O'Hora, M Driscoll, D Quaid. 

Subs: C Hegarty for Quaid and C O'Driscoll for Lordan 54.

Referee: J Larkin (Ballinora).

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