Ballincollig and Courceys hurlers prevail but weather ruins opening weekend

Ballincollig and Courceys hurlers prevail but weather ruins opening weekend
Eoin Burke of Valley Rovers holds possession ahead of Ballincollig's JP Murphy during the PIHC match in Cloughduv. Picture: Howard Crowdy

JUST like last week, the programme of fixtures in the Cork county leagues was severely disrupted as Storm Dennis resulted in a number of postponements.

Only two hurling games survived on Sunday, leaving Courcey Rovers and Ballincollig top of the RedFM Hurling League Divisions 2 and 3 respectively as all other games went by the wayside.

Courceys came out on the right side of 1-13 to 0-12 scoreline against Ballinhassig in Ballinspittle. Trailing by 0-8 to 0-3 at half-time after playing against the wind, Courceys made them most of the elements in the second half and their goal came from goalkeeper Stephen Nyan with a free. 

Richard Sweetnam contributed six points for the victors while Jerry O’Neill and John McCarthy were on target too. Ballinhassig’s scores came from Cillian Tyers, Seán Coleman, Simon O’Neill, Conor Desmond and Richard Lombard.

In Division 3, Ballincollig had a 1-11 to 1-9 triumph away to Tracton. John Paul Murphy scored 1-1 for the victors, with Gearóid O’Donoghue, Dave Bowen and Seán Walsh also making their presence felt. Former Ballyhea man Barry Coleman, newly transferred, also impressed for Ballincollig along with Liam Jennings.

Conor McGuinness got the goal for the home side, who also had scores from Seán Kiely, Gearóid Kingston and Ronan Walsh.

On Thursday night, holders Blackrock were beaten by Sarsfields in their opener, the home side winning by 0-17 to 1-10 in Riverstown. Eoin O’Sullivan’s frees were an important asset for Sars, with Daniel Kearney also contributing while newcomer Ben Graham, Luke Hackett and Aaron Myers scored too. 

The sides were level at 0-5 each at half-time and while Sars pushed ahead after the restart, Liam O’Sullivan’s goal brought Blackrock back into the game. Alan Connolly had four points for the city side while John O’Sullivan registering two white flags.

Ballymartle’s second team benefited from the return of former Cork player Darren McCarthy as they beat St Finbarr’s by 1-10 to 1-8 on Wednesday night. McCarthy’s goal from a 20m free midway through the second half was a crucial score for the winners as it put them into a two-point lead.

Tonight in Division 1, Midleton host Bishopstown while Killeagh take on Na Piarsaigh and tomorrow night Piarsaigh’s second team host Ballymartle in Division 5. On Friday, Aghada clash with Éire Óg in a Division 4 fixture.

There is a full programme of games next Sunday while in the football league Carbery Rangers take on Cill na Martra in an outstanding fixture.

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