Lively Kiskeam see off a weakened Mallow in Cork senior football opener

Lively Kiskeam see off a weakened Mallow in Cork senior football opener
Kiskeam's Michael Casey under pressure from Mallow's Pa Herlihy in their game last season. Picture: Gavin Browne

Kiskeam 2-11 Mallow 1-11 

FOR the second year on the bounce Kiskeam got the better of Mallow on the opening day of the Bons Secours Senior Football Championship.

After seeing off the Avondhu side in Glantane just over 12 months ago there were plenty eyes on the Duhallow men to see if they could again repeat the feat – this time in Kanturk – and to their credit, the men in black delivered in spades.

Kiskeam had Cork keeper Anthony Casey between the sticks while Mallow had to plan for this one without one of their inter-county players, James Loughrey, while another crucial player Cian O’Riordan was also on the missing list. However they were able to call upon Cork star Mattie Taylor who did make a valuable contribution to his side’s chances.

Mallow were first out of the gate with a tasty score from Sean McDonnell. Quick points followed from Kevin Sheehan and Eoin Kelleher with scores from Sean and Tom O’Sullivan keeping Kiskeam in touch.

The Duhallow men landed a hammer blow on Mallow in the 10th and 12th minutes with a brilliant goal and a point from Sean O’Sullivan – Mallow responded with a brace and this one started to heat up, just as near biblical rain began to fall.

A superb ball from Mallow midfielder Darragh Moynihan set Kelleher in on goal just after the water break and the corner forward didn’t finishing low past a helpless Casey. Two points from Sheehan followed and Mallow led by three at the interval: 1-8 to 1-5.

Any thoughts that Kiskeam were done evaporated shortly after the restart with a crucial goal from Gene Casey and two more Sean O’Sullivan points.

Four more scores without reply came from Kiskeam as Mallow capitulated but to the Avondhu side’s credit, they battled back with the last three scores of the game to cut the deficit down to a major.

Despite Mallow pushing hard in added time Kiskeam deservedly held on for another win. Éire Óg, who beat Bantry, complete the group.

Scorers for Kiskeam: S O’Sullivan 1-4 (0-2 f); G Casey 1-0; T O’Sullivan 0-3 (0-1f); T Casey 0-2 (0-1f); A Carroll, M Herlihy 0-1 each.

Mallow: E Kelleher 1-1; K Sheehan 0-4 (0-1 ), R Harkin 0-2; S McDonnell, M Taylor, K O’Sullivan, E Stanton 0-1 each.

KISKEAM: A Casey; J O’Connor, D Linehan, Michael Casey; S Meehan, AJ O’Connor, K O’Connor; J McAulliffe; A Carroll; M Herlihy, G Casey, Maurice Casey; D Scannell, S O’Sullivan, T O’Sullivan. 

Subs: T Casey for D Scannell (40), E O’Leary for M Casey (63).

MALLOW: K Doyle; O Carroll, T McEvoy, A Cashman; S Merritt, M Taylor, D Breen; D Moynihan, E Stanton; K O’Sullivan, R Harkin, M O’Rourke; E Kelleher, K Sheehan, S McDonnell. 

Subs: M Quirke for O Carroll (bs 4-6), J Dillon for M O’Rourke (15, inj), P Hennessey for D Moynihan (45), P Herlihy for S McDonnell (52, inj).

Referee: C Lane (Banteer)

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