MACROOM full-back Rory Buckley was a relieved player after his side held off a late revival from Gabriel Rangers after their PIFC game played in Dunmanway last Friday evening.
Macroom held off a late comeback from Gabriel Rangers which enabled them to secure a two-point win on a final scoreline of 1-15 to 2-10. Buckley, a former Cork underage player, produced a very good performance in tough conditions.
“It was a good win, but we made very hard work of it. We were cruising half-way through the second half and we almost got punished for switching off. It just shows that you have to be fully switched on at all times to win a game at this grade."
Macroom held a nine-point lead with 18 minutes remaining. Gabriel Rangers however rallied in the closing stages as they narrow the gap to two points. Buckley was full of praise for the strong challenge posed by Gabriel Rangers.
“They are a very good team. They have lots of good players. They have very lively forwards. We are just relieved to come through a tough battle. We know that when we play well, we are a match for any time. It is all about getting the consistency levels right."
The Muskerry side got off to a great start when they netted in the third minute. Tony Dineen finished off a superb move with a great goal. Rory was full of praise for the great performance from the centre-back.
“It was a great goal from Tony. He had a fine game. He was driving forward all game. It was important we got off to a good start. We emphasised that before the game.
"In our previous game against Kanturk, we were five points down in the opening minutes which meant we were chasing the game throughout. Tony’s goal settled us. It was a fine finish.”
Ace full-forward Dylan Twomey scored six points, four from play.
“Dylan is a great player. He was very good against Gabriel Rangers. For such a young lad, he shows great leadership. He has a very bright future. He is always looking for the ball and he takes his scores well. He has been a great addition to our team.”
Macroom now play Nemo Rangers in their next championship game knowing they need to win to secure their place in the next round. Rory is expecting a tough game.
“We have to win. They will be strong. It is very simple. If we win we advance, if we lose our summer is over.”