Cork GAA: Aghada produce a fitting tribute to club great Kieran O'Connor

Cork GAA: Aghada produce a fitting tribute to club great Kieran O'Connor
Aghada's greatest No.4: Kieran O'Connor's jersey was retired for their Bon Secours PIFC first round game against Castletownbere. Picture: Aghada GAA Twitter account

Aghada 0-13 Castletownbere 0-7

ON an emotional day for the club Aghada won their Bon Secours PIFC clash with Castletownbere at Kilmurry on Saturday.

The game was their first since the passing of club and Cork star Kieran O'Connor and it was always going to be a day full of emotion for all involved.

Before the game, a minutes silence was observed in his memory and if their players needed any more motivation to win all they had to do was look at Kieran's number four jersey on display on the sideline.

The club have retired his number four jersey for the season to honour his memory.

And to their credit, they didn't let Kieran or themselves down as they were the better of the two sides over the hour.

Tim Hartnett put them in front after two minutes and from here to the finish they were never behind. Charlie Terry doubled their lead as they made full use of the strong wind in the first half.

Cian Fleming put them three to the good, before Castletownbere had a couple of goal chances, with Ray Savage saving well from Gary Murphy and Dean Hegarty.

Murphy got Castletownbere off the mark, but Kevin O'Hanlon and Aaron Berry responded to keep Aghada well in control. Two Murphy frees reduced the deficit but Pearse O'Neill showed he still has plenty to offer with a sublime point from well out the field.

Hegarty pointed for his side as O'Hanlon got the last score of the half to see Aghada lead 0-9 to 0-4 at the break.

Now playing with the strong wind Castletownbere got the perfect start to the second-half when Murphy scored just 30 seconds in.

But that surge never came and it took them until the 60th minute to score again.

Fleming and Daniel Creedon increased Aghada's lead, and they even had the luxury of hitting the post three times, with John Looney responsible for two of them.

Creedon pointed from another free and with 55 minutes gone it was 0-12 to 0-5.

Murphy hit two from Castletownbere from frees with Jamie O'Hanlon getting the last score to see Aghada getting their campaign off to a perfect start.

Scorers for Aghada: D Creedon 0-3 (0-1 f), C Fleming (0-1 45), K O’Hanlon 0-2 each, T Hartnett, C Terry, A Berry, P O’Neill, A Stafford and J O Hanlon (f) 0-1 each.

Castletownbere: G Murphy 0-4 (0-2 f), D Hegarty 0-3 f.

AGHADA: R Savage, J McDonnell, Ed Leahy, K O’Shea, A Stafford, D Phelan, T Hartnett, M Russell, C Terry, A Berry, P O’Neill, C Fleming, K O’Hanlon, J Looney, D Creedon.

Subs: S Bennet for C Fleming (52), J O’Hanlon for D Creedon (54), A O’Connell for C Terry (57), J O’Donoghue for K O’Shea (57).

CASTLETOWNBERE: C O’Donoghue, C O’Sullivan, D Dunne, O Byrne, S McCarthy, L Harrington, A O’Shea, A O’Sullivan, D Fenton, J Harrington, C Murphy, R Murphy, G Murphy, J Murphy, D Hegarty.

Subs: J O’Neill for O’Shea (29), J Walsh for J Murphy (35).

Referee: Colm Ó Mucháin, Cill na Matra.

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