Dromtarriffe claim local bragging rights in the Intermediate A football championship

Dromtarriffe claim local bragging rights in the Intermediate A football championship
Dromtarriffe's Conor O'Callaghan scored 1-6 in their win over Ballydesmond.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Dromtarriffe 2-10

Ballydesmond 0-9

DROMTARIFFEE got their first win in the Bon Secours Intermediate A football championship after getting the better of local rivals Ballydesmond at Boherbue on Saturday night.

A highly entertaining game that saw three red cards, but that become two.

Dromtarriffee's Sean Cronin was shown a red card in the 24th minute much to his disbelief. 

But after consulting with the linesmen, referee Colm Maher called him back on and duly sent off Mark O'Connor instead for an off the ball incident.

Late on Ballydesmond and Cork star, Donncha O'Connor, also received his marching orders after an incident involving several players. Add in a black card for Dromtarriffee's Tomas Howard in the second-half, putting them down to 13, and any neutrals certainly got their money's worth.

Early scores from O'Connor and Niall Fleming put Ballydesmond in front, with Conor O'Callaghan pointing two frees to level it.

Adam Buckley put them in front, with O'Connor scoring again, to make it 0-3 apiece with 29 minutes gone.

Michael Healy and O'Connor exchanged injury-time scores, to see it level at 0-4 each at half-time with the winners down to 14 by this stage.

Six minutes into the second-half and a goal for Dromtarriffee was a huge score, with Cronin settting up O'Callaghan to give Denis Ring no chance of saving.

That put them three points up, but Ballydesmond fought back with two points from Fleming.

O'Callaghan and Evan Murphy kept a goal between the sides, before Darragh Moynihan scored to make it a two point game with 47 minutes played.

Two O'Callaghan frees extended his side's lead before a minor skirmish saw O'Connor receive a straight red card with time running out.

A number of stoppages in the second-half saw 12 minutes of injury-time played and Dromtarriffee made the most of it. A shot by O'Callaghan was half-blocked and the dropping ball was punched home by Evan Murphy to put the result beyond doubt.

He added a point from a free,with Fleming getting the last score as Dromtarriffee took the points and the local bragging rights.

Scorers for Dromtarriffe: C O'Callaghan 1-6 (5f), E Murphy 1-2, A Buckley, M Healy 0-1 each.

Ballydesmond: D O'Connor (2f), N Fleming (1f) 0-4each, D Moynihan 0-1.

DROMTARRIFFE: G O'Keeffe; R Daly, S Howard, L McCabe; B Murphy, J Murphy, B O'Keeffe; A Buckley, M Healy; E Murphy, D O'Donoghue, M O'Connor; D O'Connor, S Cremin, Conor O'Callaghan.

Subs: J Buckley for D O'Donoghue (ht), T Howard for L McCabe (50m), C O'Mahony for R Daly, O Dennehy for S Cronin, Con O'Callaghan for M Healy (all 63m).

BALLYDESMOND: D Ring; S O'Connor, D Kelly, C Linehan; T Howard, J Healy, Seán Murphy; S Kelly, K O'Connell; Shane Murphy, N Fleming, R Flynn; B Fleming, D O'Connor, D Moynihan.

Subs: Donal O'Connor for R Flynn (51m), J O'Keeffe for B Fleming, P Breen for C Linehan (both 64m).

Referee: Colm Maher, Buttevant.

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