Bandon 1-17 Newcestown 0-17
THE west belongs to Bandon after this win over Newcestown in the opening round of the Cork SHC.
This local derby clash, at a packed Clonakilty venue was highlighted by the accuracy of the respective free-takers and three splendidly taken sideline cuts that produced Newcestown points from Jack Meade.
However, the score that hastened Bandon’s comeback, after they had fallen 0-5 to 0-1 in arrears in the opening quarter arrived 8 minutes before the interval when Ronan Crowley fastened on to a Newcestown puck out batted into his path.
The loser’s tormentor in chief and team captain was the right man in the right place as he sped through before firing powerfully past a helpless Kieran Kelly in the Newcestown goal.
When these two teams met last year Newcestown recorded a third round facile triumph and they began yesterday’s encounter in a manner that suggested they may do the same again on this occasion.
Cárthach Keane with a brace of points from play and a couple of Luke Meade efforts, when added to Daniel Twomey scores from placed balls helped them ease clear of a slow settling Bandon side that didn’t get their first score from play until centre back Donough Lucey split the posts after a splendid catch by Cian O’Mahony from a Newcestown puck-out in the twentieth minute.
Then came the only goal of the game to bring the winner’s right back into contention nearing half-time in a contest where Jack Meade had by then cut over two sideline balls.
It was Bandon on a 1-6 to 0-8 scoreline at the break and Newcestown with the wind in their sails should have been happy with their lot at this stage.
Early scores were exchanged before the battle of the freetakers took centre stage and at the three-quarter mark the sides were level.
It was still tit for tat before Darren Crowley joined his brother on the scoring list for the winners as Bandon eked out a four-point advantage.
In a hectic finale a point from the influential Adam Murphy was crucial to the winners' cause but with Daniel Twomey continuing to point the way Newcestown had the lead reduced to a goal entering the closing minutes.
Here Newcestown threw everything into forcing extra time but when a delivery landed in the Bandon danger area James Walsh led the rescue mission in the last piece of the action.
Scorers for Bandon; R Crowley 1-10 (0-8 f, 0-1 65), A Murphy 0-3, D Lucey, M Sugrue, J Hickey, D Crowley 0-1 each.
Newcestown: D Twomey 0-8 (0-6 f, 0-2 65), J Meade 0-3 (f), L Meade 0-3, C Keane 0-2, D Buckley 0-1.
BANDON: P Prendergast; P Crowley, P Murphy, J O’Donovan; J Walsh, D Lucey. J Harrington; C Dullea, C O’Mahony; D Crowley, J Hickey, A Murphy; M Sugrue, M Cahalane, R Crowley.
Subs: E O’Donovan for J Harrington (33), P Barry for C Dullea (inj 48).
NEWCESTOWN: K Kelly; M McSweeney, G Murphy, J Crowley; F Keane, C O’Neill, G O’Driscoll; J Meade, T Twomey; C Keane, D Twomey, L Meade; D Buckley, T Horgan, C Dineen.
Subs: E Kelly for C Dineen (40), G O’Donovan for G O’Driscoll (43), S O’Donovan for D Buckley (53),
Referee; Diarmuid Kirwan, Éire Óg.