FERMOY secured a famous win over north Cork neighbours Mallow to get life as a senior hurling club off to the best possible start in Castletownroche on Sunday afternoon in this
Denis Ring’s charges fought back from a disappointing middle third of the game to take the spoils which puts them in good position to make the knockout stages of this season’s Senior A Hurling championship.
David Lardner, Kieran Morrison and Shane Aherne impressed up front for the victors with Padraig de Roiste and Michael Brennan doing well near the middle third.
Roving wing back Brian O’Sullivan was also hugely significant with four brilliant points from play when his side needed them most.
For Mallow, Ronan Sheehan, Jack O’Hanlon and Pa Healy did well with Darragh Moynihan also impressing. Alec Luttrell and Fionn O’Neill were another pair on form however on this day the spoils went to the other side.
The loss of Mallow’s centre forward Sean Hayes didn’t help their cause however they still deservedly led at the halftime break by 0-09 to 0-05.
Fermoy struggled to take advantage of the extra man in the first half but in the second 30 that extra body counted as Mallow tired and Fermoy kicked on.
Lardner cut the gap to four before the break with a free from a tight angle however a host of poor efforts at the posts, from Fermoy in particular, saw the first half peter to a tame conclusion.
After the restart the sides traded scores to the three quarter mark with Fermoy cutting the gap to the minimum after a point before another O’Sullivan effort tied things it with just six on the clock.
Fermoy hit four without response late on to deservedly take the win in what was a big day for the club’s hurling fans.
Both sides will need to improve as they shared 25 wides between them on a day that should have suited the sharp shooters.
Scorers for Fermoy: D Lardner 0-6 (0-5f, 0-1.65); B O’Sullivan 0-4; S Aherne 0-3, K Morrisson, J Scannell 0-1 each.
Mallow: A Sheehan 0-8 (0-7f, 0-1.65); C Murphy 0-2; D Moynihan, P Lyons, P Hayes 0-1 each.
FERMOY: C Quinn; S Shanahan, A Creed, E Clancy; B O’Sullivan, D O’Carroll, J Scannell; M Brennan, P Murphy; K Morrisson, P De Roiste, S Aherne; J Ring, D Lardner, J Molloy.
Subs: J Carr for J Molloy (ht), D Daly for J Ring (46).
MALLOW: P Buckley; J O’Hanlon, F O’Neill, R Sheehan; P Healy, A Luttrell, D Moynihan; N O’Riordan, K Sheehan; C Murphy, S Hayes, P Lyons; D Hayes, P Herlihy, A Sheehan.
Subs: D Buckley for D Hayes (46), C Carroll for P Herlihy (55).
Referee: D Copps (Ballyhea).