Bantry delighted to get up and running by giving Nemo the Blues

Bantry delighted to get up and running by giving Nemo the Blues
Billy Foley of Bantry Blues manages to evade the challenge from Nemo Rangers' Ryan McCarthy. Picture: Howard Crowdy

BANTRY BLUES football selector Shane O’Neill was delighted with his side's four-point win over Nemo Rangers at Kilmurry.

The Blues emerged triumphant, 2-10 to 0-12, following their exciting first round clash. Former player turned selector Shane O’Neill was thrilled to secure a hard-fought win against Nemo.

“Any time you beat Nemo is a good achievement. They are one of the most successful clubs in Cork. 

"They are a really strong club. We had to play very well and thankfully we got over the line. 

"We played well and it was a great win for the club. This win will give our young players a huge confidence boost. 

"Hopefully, we can kick on from here,” revealed the selector.

Bantry Blues captain and goalkeeper Donal Casey played a key role. The ace goalkeeper made a point-blank save in the first half, while he produced a great penalty save in injury time from Nemo Rangers forward Adrian Greaney. 

“Donal was made captain a few weeks ago. He was brilliant against Nemo.  He is a very popular character and a very good goalkeeper. 

"He made a couple of great saves and his penalty save was outstanding. His display was a huge factor in our win.” 

Impressive Blues half-forward Kevin Casey, a brother of their goalkeeper, netted their opening goal inside the opening minute. 

“Kevin took his goal very well. It was a great start for us.  It gave us a great platform to build from. He finished off a good move in confident fashion. 

"Kevin worked very hard throughout. We needed a good lead having played with a good breeze in the opening half. 

"We started and finished the first half well. We struck 1-2 in the last few minutes of the half. Tim Foley converted his penalty very well. 

"Tim had a very good game. His scores were huge for us. We had bad luck during the week when Arthur Coakley was ruled out for the foreseeable future with a bad knee injury. 

"Tim came in and took his chance very well. He linked up very well with Shane Murray in attack.” 

He is hopeful the Blues can enjoy a strong championship season. 

“We made mistakes against Nemo and our shooting was off at times. We are however a very young team. 

"We are a work in progress. This win is a big boost. We will keep working away and hopefully enjoy a good year.”

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