A LATE goal from Evan Cooke was key as Ballincollig came from behind to pick up a third straight Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 FL win on Sunday.
Ballincollig had a 1-17 to 0-15 win at home to Mallow, but they had to work for the points.
While Mallow led with ten minutes remaining, a black card left them at a numerical disadvantage and Ballincollig took over, with sub Cooke getting a goal in the 55th minute to put them ahead.
Kevin Browne got three points for the winners, while subs Dara Dorgan and Steve Wills also made important contributions in the closing stages.
St Michael’s are in second place, four points behind Ballincollig, after a 2-12 to 0-11 win away to Clonakilty.
Tadhg Deasy scored 1-5 for Michael’s, who led by 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time, while Eric Hegarty got 1-2 and Eoghan Buckley, Tom Linehan and Eoin O’Donovan were on target too. Seán McEvoy kicked four points Clon, with Dara Ó Sé getting four.
At Neenan Park in Togher, home side St Finbarr’s got their first win as they overcame O’Donovan Rossa on a 2-13 to 2-10 scoreline.
The Barr’s led by 0-8 to 0-3 at half-time and had second-half goals from Colm Keane and Cian Walsh, though their Skibbereen opponents stayed in the game as Kevin Davis and David Shannon found the net. Steven Sherlock kicked five points for the Barrs while Dare O’Sullivan and Colm Barrett had two each.
Elsewhere, Castlehaven had a 1-12 to 0-13 win away to Cill na Martra, with their goal coming from a Conor O’Driscoll penalty.
Éire Óg top Division 2 after they picked up a second victory, beating Clyda Rovers by 0-12 to 1-6 with Kevin Hallissey starring.
In the other games, Ilen Rovers beat Carrigaline by 2-14 to 2-12, Fermoy had a 2-8 to 1-7 win over Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh and Newmarket were 1-11 to 0-6 winners over Valley Rovers.
Division 3 has Nemo Rangers’ second team at its summit after an 0-11 to 1-4 win against Rockchapel and there were also wins for Glanworth, Knocknagree and Aghada.
Dromtarriffe, Na Piarsaigha and Mayfield were victorious in Division 4 while Ballinora and Grenagh triumphed in Division 5 and Millstreet drew with St Nicholas.
There was one RedFM Senior Hurling League game, with Erin’s Own joining Sarsfields at the top of the table as they beat Ballymartle by 1-11to 0-12.
Kieran Murphy scored seven points for the Glounthaune side with Maurice O’Carroll getting 1-2 while James O’Flynn and Sam Guilfoyle were on the scoresheet too.