Avondhu JAFC: Colm O'Neill's heroics in goal for Ballyclough defy Kilshannig

Avondhu JAFC: Colm O'Neill's heroics in goal for Ballyclough defy Kilshannig
Former Cork forward Colm O'Neill is now a super keeper for Ballyclough. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Ballyclough 0-13 Kilshannig 0-12 

FORMER Cork All-Star forward Colm O'Neill, now a goalkeeper, drove his club to a vital Avondhu JAFC group victory at Mallow.

Short two key players, Damian Buckley and the injured Thomas O'Neill, Ballylcough needed O'Neill to make three massive saves including a penalty a kick three frees and a 45.

Ballyclough led 0-9 to 0-5 at the break and on the restart, O'Neill nailed two great points but Tadhg O'Sullivan kept Kilshannig in touch. 

After O'Sullivan's penalty was saved by O'Neill, he converted the subsequent 45 and then kicked a massive point: 0-12 to 0-9. 

Kilshannig battled to the end but couldn't find a way past Colm O'Neill.

Scorers for Ballyclough: C O'Neill 0-4 (0-3 f, 0-1 45), T O'Shea 0-4 (0-3 f), Aaron Finnegan 0-3, Adam Finnegan, R Buckley 0-1 each.

Kilshannig: T O'Sullivan 0-7 (0-3 f, 0-1 45), D O'Sullivan 0-3, J Murphy, G Kennefick 0-1 each.

BALLYCLOUGH: C O'Neill; S Walsh, M Buckley, S Curtin; J O'Mahony, E Kelleher, P Carroll; B Morrissey, Adam Finnegan; D Finnegan, T O'Shea, S Buckley; R Buckley, T Healy, Aaron Finnegan. Subs: B McDermott for S Curtin, M Hayes for S Walsh, D McCarthy for R Buckley.

KILSHANNIG: C O'Dea; R O'Mahony, K O'Connell, J Murphy; T Twomey, P Walsh, D Cloghan; J O'Hanlon, T O'Sullivan; P Cronin, T Brennan, D O'Sullivan; M O'Connell, G Kennefick.

Subs: B O'Hanlon for D Cloghan, D Cogan for T Brennan, J Cronin for P Cronin, J Quinn for J O'Hanlon.

Referee: Ciaran O'Regan (Ballyhea).

Kilworth 1-10 Grange 0-8 

LAST year's beaten finalists Kilworth are up and running in the Avondhu JAFC after defeating Grange at Mitchelstown.

It was 0-5 to 0-4 at the interval but on the changeover, Kilworth did very well with Tomas Twomey, Paddy Moakley, Austin O'Hara, Will Condon, Liam Whelan, Nathan Byrne and Brian Sheehan to the fore. 

In the 34th minute, Twomey intercepted a Grange attack and his clearance down the field saw Will Condon on hand to score the only goal of the game. 

Grange who lost their opening game to Ballyhooly refused to give in an attempt to keep their season alive with John Carmody, Devon Roche, Alan Deegan, John Magnier making an impression. 

They'd it down to 1-8 to 0-7 but this was the closest they got to their opponents who finished in a flurry. Will Condon added a point from a very difficult angle before the hardworking Liam Whelan set up Nathan Byrne for a well-taken point in the 58th minute. Grange completed the scoring when Mark Timlin pointed from long range but there was no denying Kilworth victory.

Scorers for Kilworth: W Condon 1-6 (0-2 f), B Sheehan 0-2 (0-1 f), N McNamara, N Byrne 0-1 each.

Grange: J Carmody 0-3, M Hennessy 0-2, N Barry, D Keating, M Timlin 0-1 each.

KILWORTH: J Sheehan; H Allen, T Twomey, K Twomey; B Roche, D Twomey, J Twomey; P Moakley, A O'Hara; L Whelan, N Byrne, W Condon; B Sheehan, J McCarthy, N McNamara.

Subs: D O'Regan for J Twomey, M Sheehan for B Sheehan.

GRANGE: G Dawson; O McAndrew, A Deegan, Darren Roche; J Magnier, M Timlin, C Carmody; J Roche, Devon Roche; T Hynes, N Barry, J Carmody; M Hennessy, A McNamara, N McCarthy.

Subs D Keating for O McAndrew, B Kennedy for N McCarthy, J Kelleher for C Carmody.

Referee: Justin Murphy (Castletownroche).

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