Grange 2-4 Goleen 0-7
GRANGE lifted the Cork County Junior B Football Championship on Sunday afternoon as they defeated Goleen 2-4 to 0-7 in the final at Páirc Uí Rinn.
Goals in each half from Darragh Scott and David Keating proved to be the difference as Grange claimed their first junior football county in 40 years.
Goleen settled into this showpiece occasion quicker than their opponents and they raced into a two-point lead by the seventh minute through Daniel O’Driscoll and Tadgh Cullinane.
Grange were taking part in their third Junior B Football championship final since 2015 and they were hoping to make it third time lucky following previous defeats to Kilmeen and Ballinacurra, the latter coming just last year and was decided after a replay.
They soon began to win their battles all over the pitch and they took the lead just shy of the quarter of an hour mark when they snatched the opening goal of the game.
David Keating’s lofted pass from left corner forward picked out the run of Darragh Scott and his great catch allowed him to charge past his marker before coolly slotting the ball past the keeper and into the bottom left corner of the net.
They ought to have added yet another goal moments later when Keating used his soccer skills to poke the ball past goalkeeper Ronan Kennedy but he could only fire his shot into the side netting.
He would make amends for that miss when he tallied a point from long range shortly after Alan McNamara also raised a white flag to give their club a 1-2 to 0-2 lead by the 22nd minute.
Goleen progressed to this stage with impressive victories over Lough Rovers, Abbey Rovers and Deel Rovers in the previous rounds and they soon began to show their quality.
They finished the first period of play strongly as they reduced the deficit by two points thanks to David O’Leary and Tadgh Cullinane to ensure they only trailed by the minimum at the break, 1-2 to 0-4.
The Carbery side remained dominant at the beginning of the second half as they fired over twice more through full-forward Darren O’Donovan to reclaim the advantage, 1-2 to 0-6.
But all their good work was soon undone as a defensive error allowed Grange in for their second goal of the match and their first score in close to 20 minutes which David Keating emphatically drilled in off the left upright.
Goleen’s final score came with the final kick of the game but it wasn’t enough as Grange hung on to claim the silverware.
Scorers for Grange: D Keating 1-1, D Scott 1-0, A McNamara 0-2, K Wheeler 0-1 f.
Goleen: T Cullinane 0-2, D O’Donovan 0-2 f, D O’Driscoll, P Scully and D O’Leary 0-1 each.
GRANGE: G Dawson; J Magnier, M Timlin, B Cashman; D Scott, M Hennessy, J Roche; D Roche, R Fraher; A Deegan, N Barry, K Wheeler; J Carmody, A McNamara, D Keating.
Subs: N McCarthy for A McNamara (48), P Stapleton for D Keating (58), D Roche for K Wheeler (60), K Murphy for D Roche (66), J Kelleher for A Deegan (66).
GOLEEN: R Kennedy; J O’Driscoll, D O’Callaghan, J Scully; P Reidy, D O’Driscoll, S Sheehan; D O’Leary, J Cullinane; M Sheehan, T Cullinane, P Scully; S Coughlan, D O’Donovan, S O’Leary.
Subs: M O’Reilly for S O’Leary (47), A Murphy for S Coughlan (54).
Referee: James Regan (Lough Rovers).