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.”