Fermoy 1-15 Dohenys 0-10
FERMOY got their Bon Secours SAFC off to a great start with their win over Dohenys at Coachford on Sunday.
Overall they were deserving winners and on this display are going to be one of the sides to watch out for in this championship.
Their win was made all the better as they did so without the injured Tomas Clancy, who is still recovering from an ankle injury.
He is expected to be back in a few weeks, but it was a compliment to the squad yesterday to say he wasn't missed.
There were a number of impressive displays for the winners, with Adam Creed and Darragh O'Carroll solid in defence and up front Brian O'Sullivan, Martin Brennan and Ruairi O'Hagan were a handful all through.
Dohenys chances weren't helped when they were down to 14 five minutes into the second-half with Bill Murphy getting a straight red card for an off the ball incident involving Creed.
At that stage they were five points down and never came close to reducing that deficit.
Despite playing against the strong wind Fermoy took the lead in the second minute with O'Hagan scoring from a free.
Dohenys hit back with points from Johnny Kelly and Fionn Herlihy, with Brennan equalising, to make it 0-2 apiece after four minutes.
A free from Herlihy put Dohenys back in front with O'Hagan also on target from one to level it again.
Fermoy then enjoyed a spell of domination, with Brennan hitting two points, but between them they got the game's opening goal.
A superb team move, saw Padraig de Roiste set up Kieran Morrisson and he gave Stephen Daly no chance of saving, to make it 1-5 to 0-3.
Buckley and Keith White pulled points back for Dohenys, with De Roiste replying for Fermoy.
Herlihy and O'Sullivan exchanged late points as Fermoy led 1-7 to 0-6 at half-time.
They increased their lead two minutes into the second-half when Liam Coleman made the journey up from between the posts to convert a 45.
Herlihy responded for Dohenys before Murphy got his marching orders after referee Alan O'Connor had a discussion with one of his linesmen.
Buckley pointed from a free for his side, with De Roiste keeping Fermoy ticking over. Buckley was on target again from another free, before points from Arlen Aherne and De Roiste made it 1-12 to 0-9, with 10 minutes to go.
Cullan Barry scored from a free for Dohenys, but further scores from O'Hagan, Brennan and O'Sullivan saw Fermoy run out winners.
They now face Clyda in their next round robin game. Though Fermoy will be favourites their opponents will be smarting from their loss to Bandon and will be out to show they are a far better side than that performance.
Dohenys face a tough tie against Bandon and will need to improve on this display to have any chance of winning that one, but they won't need anyone else to tell them that.
Scorers for Fermoy: K Morrisson 1-0, M Brennan 0-4, R O'Hagan (0-2 f), P De Roiste, B O'Sullivan 0-3 each, L Coleman (45), A Aherne 0-1 each.
Dohenys: M Buckley 0-5 (0-4 f), F Herlihy 0-2, J Kelly, C Barry (f), K White 0-1 each.
FERMOY: Liam Coleman; Eoin Clancy, Adam Creed, Ronan Morrisson; Greg Lardner, Darragh O'Carroll, Peter Murphy; Dale Dawson, Gary O'Callaghan; Brian O'Sullivan, Pádraig De Róiste, Daniel O'Flynn; Ruairi O'Hagan, Martin Brennan, Kieran Morrisson.
Subs: A Aherne for D O'Flynn (43), A Baragry for G O'Callaghan (52), A O'Connor for K Morrisson (55).
DOHENYS: Stephen Daly; Jerry Farrell, Sean Daly, Donal Rice; Barry O'Donovan, Eoin Lavers, Darragh O'Connor; Cillian Barry, Johnny Kelly; Niall Hurley, Bill Murphy, Gareth Crowley; Keith White, Fionn Herlihy, Mark Buckley.
Subs: K Cotter for D Rice, (30 inj), J McCarthy for N Hurley (38), R Coakley for G Crowley (46).
Referee: Alan O'Connor, Ballygarvan.