First-class Crowley settled Bandon in tough west Cork derby

First-class Crowley settled Bandon in tough west Cork derby
Peter Murphy, Bandon, is tackled to the ground by Colm Dinneen, Newcestown. Picture: Dan Linehan

BANDON’S Ronan Crowley was a worried man at times during their win over Newcestown in the opening round of the County SHC at Clonakilty.

Yet his team-mates’ faith in their chief free-taker never faltered.

“I did miss the first one all right,” declared the Bandon captain, “but thankfully after that I did alright.”

He more than did alright as he accounted for 1-10 of his side’s final 1-17 tally in their one-goal win over their near neighbours.

“Having played with the wind I was hoping to be more than a point ahead at the break but given our poor start, I suppose we did well to come back.

“In the second half, it was very close for a while with the scores level on a few occasions, but we slipped over a few unanswered points to build up a lead which was tenuous at the end knowing Newcestown would battle to the very last puck of the ball.

“That’s what they did but we survived, and it was great to win having disappointed last year,” he said.

Former Bandon stalwart and team selector Paddy Cahalane was delighted with his side’s display.

“The goal made a huge difference while Ronan’s free-taking was absolutely first class all through. We started very slowly and were four points adrift before the goal kick-started our comeback and settled our lads.

“When we lost to Newcestown in the same championship last year we were missing four or five players, some through injury and some because of suspensions. They were back for today’s game where Charlie Dullea returned after a year out through injury to play a big part in our win.

“We have some fine young players in the club but with the U21 footballers playing in next week’s Carbery final (where Newcestown will be in opposition once more), we didn’t chance any of them today.”

Paddy, whose son Michael lined out at full-forward for the hurlers yesterday, wasn’t getting too carried away with the win either.

“It is only the 21st of April and there’s a lot of fixtures packed into a congested future few months but at least for now we have avoided the losers round where there will be some very strong teams competing.

“Of course, if we win our next game, we would be in the super eight which would be a fantastic achievement. Our footballers will take centre stage for a while now and with both camps working well together we would be hopeful of we might have a good run in both codes,” concluded a happy Bandon mentor.

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