Cork GAA league round-up: Rockies lay down a marker against Douglas

Cork GAA league round-up: Rockies lay down a marker against Douglas
Blackrock's Alan Connolly crashes the ball to the Sarsfields net past Eoin Murphy, during their Red FM Division 1 hurling league final, at Pairc Ui Rinn last season. Picture: David Keane.

ALAN Connolly scored 2-9 as Blackrock recorded an impressive 3-19 to 0-13 win away to city rivals Douglas in Division 1 of the RedFM Hurling League at the weekend.

Goals from Connolly and John O’Sullivan helped the Rockies to a 2-7 to 0-11 half-time lead despite playing against the wind, with Kevin O’Keeffe chipping in with two points. 

In the second period they eased clear as Connolly, O’Keeffe and Michael O’Halloran were on target before Connolly scored his second goal. Tadhg Deasy, Shane O’Keeffe, Mark O’Keeffe and Ciarán Cormack were on the scoresheet for the Rockies too.

Sarsfields remain top of the table after they picked up a third win from three games, seeing off Newtownshandrum by 1-20 to 0-14. Aaron Myers produced a lovely finish for the Riverstown side’s goal, while Cian Darcy, Eoin O’Sullivan, James Sweeney, Ben Graham and Jack O’Connor were the point-scorers.

Seán Carey’s frees were important as Kanturk beat Glen Rovers by 0-20 to 1-13, while there were two draws. Dan Dooley was on song for Bride Rovers, scoring two of their 12 points against Na Piarsaigh’s 1-9. Conor Barry added four, three from dead balls, while Shane Forde netted the Piarsaigh gaol and Keith Buckley and Kelvin Forde each scored two points.

Newcestown and Charleville scored 1-14 against each other, with Cian Healy scoring six points for the West Cork side, with Colm Dinneen notching the goal.

Ballymartle were 2-8 to 1-8 winners over Bishopstown, with Sean O’Mahony scoring 1-4 and Shane Cummins getting the other goal.

On Saturday, Midleton beat Erin’s Own by 1-17 to 1-15. Robbie O’Flynn got the goal for the defeated Glounthaune side while Kieran Murphy contributed six points.

In Division 2, Carrigtwohill were 0-16 to 0-13 winners at home to Fr O’Neills while Cloyne took the points away to Valley Rovers, 2-13 to 0-18 the score. Courcey Rovers and Castlelyons drew, 1-16 to 0-19, and Kilworth were 2-14 to 2-10 victors away to Ballyhea.

Ballincollig stay top of Division 3 after their 0-21 to 1-12 win away to neighbours Inniscarra, while Blackrock had goals from Robbie Cotter and Colin O’Leary as they beat Milford by 2-20 to 1-18. 

The Rockies’ second team claimed the win despite trailing by seven points at one stage, with Cotter finishing with 1-7 while Olan Kelleher, Ciarán Cormack, Ian O’Keeffe, Ross Coleman and Liam O’Sullivan among the scorers as well.

Éire Óg saw off Argideen Rangers in Division 4 while Cloughduv beat Meelin and Sarsfields overcame Kilbrittain. In Division 5, Castlemartyr and St Finbarr’s were successful while Ballymartle remain on top.

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