Gallery: Brilliant hurling action pictures from all the Cork Premier Senior games

Gallery: Brilliant hurling action pictures from all the Cork Premier Senior games
Bishopstown's Shane O'Neill breaks the hurley of David O'Connor, Newtownshandrum, during the Co-Op Stores Cork PSHC at Kilshannig. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THERE was late drama in two high-profile Cork Co-Op Superstores Premier Senior Hurling games.

In a 0-21 to 1-15 loss, Bishopstown let slip an eight-point lead during the second half of a hard-hitting encounter at Glantane.

They had jumped clear with a Mark Driscoll goal after 43 minutes, quickly followed by a superb point against the wind by Pa Cronin for a 1-15 to 0-10 lead.

Bishopstown's Pa Cronin wins the sliotar from Newtownshandrum's Conor Twomey during the Co-Op Stores Cork PSHC at Kilshannig. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Bishopstown's Pa Cronin wins the sliotar from Newtownshandrum's Conor Twomey during the Co-Op Stores Cork PSHC at Kilshannig. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

However, in a pattern we’ve seen repeated in many games, the water break came at the right time for Newtown, who took over in the remainder of a second-half which ran to 40 minutes. They scored 11 points without reply, taking full advantage of the increasing wind.

Next weekend, in group B, Blackrock, who repelled an Erin’s Own comeback on Saturday, square up with Newtown.

Kevin O'Keeffe of Blackrock in action against Cian O'Connor of Erin's Own watched by the Blackrock subs. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Kevin O'Keeffe of Blackrock in action against Cian O'Connor of Erin's Own watched by the Blackrock subs. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

At Caherlag, a point six minutes into added time from Shane Forde rescued Na Piarsaigh from defeat against Carrigtwohill in group C. Liam Gosnell and James Mulcahy top-scored for Carrig but they got a two-point return from impact sub Niall McCarthy. The former Cork senior star still has the hurling and fitness for the top level and it looked like that would drive them to an upset.

Kevin Moynihan, Na Piarsaigh, chases Aaron Walsh Barry, Carrigtwohill. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Kevin Moynihan, Na Piarsaigh, chases Aaron Walsh Barry, Carrigtwohill. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

However with former Cork underage stars Evan Sheehan, who clipped over 0-4 from play, and Daire Connery hurling well the northsiders grabbed a draw.

In the other game in the group on Saturday night at socially-distanced Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Glen Rovers demolished St Finbarr’s with goals from Simon Kennefick, whose grandfathers Seanie and Christy Ring both won counties with the Blackpool outfit, and Patrick Horgan.

The Glen will clearly emerge as winners of their section, even if Rob Downey is now suspended after getting a straight red in the first half.

Brian Moylan of Glen Rovers in action against St. Finbarr's players Robert O'Mahony, Colm Keane, Brian Hayes, Steven Sherlock and Jack Cahalane at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Brian Moylan of Glen Rovers in action against St. Finbarr's players Robert O'Mahony, Colm Keane, Brian Hayes, Steven Sherlock and Jack Cahalane at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The remaining spot is up for grabs now after Carrigtwohill’s draw with Na Piarsaigh. Barrs face Piarsaigh next Sunday at Páirc Uí Rinn.

In group A, Sars defeated Midleton by a goal in a lively encounter last Friday night, before Douglas got the better of Ballyhea the following afternoon.

Daniel Kearney, Sarsfields, tackles Conor Lehane, Midleton. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Daniel Kearney, Sarsfields, tackles Conor Lehane, Midleton. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Sars are now in pole position to qualify but their showdown next Saturday at Páirc Uí Chaoimh will tell a lot. Douglas were fired by Alan Cadogan’s six points from play, though Brian Turnbull limped off early.

Ballyhea's Kevin Copps is tackled by Douglas' Shane Donegan, Alan Cadogan and Andy O'Connell. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Ballyhea's Kevin Copps is tackled by Douglas' Shane Donegan, Alan Cadogan and Andy O'Connell. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
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