Carbery Rangers are the form team in a wide-open battle for the Andy Scannell Cup

Carbery Rangers are the form team in a wide-open battle for the Andy Scannell Cup
Carbery Rangers goalkeeper Paul Shanahan in action against Clonakilty. Picture: Larry Cummins

WITH champions Nemo Rangers now out of the equation after their sensational loss to Castlehaven, the general consensus is that all four of the remaining contenders in the Cork SFC will believe that this can be their year.

Carbery Rangers fit very much into that bracket of top contenders now and they were very impressive in securing the West Cork bragging rights against Clonakilty last Sunday in Dunmanway.

Team boss Miceal O’Sullivan was delighted with the outcome and he must have been delighted too with how his players had performed.

“Yes, we are happy with the result. We were leading at the break by five points but we had coughed up a lot of ball.

“We targeted the start of the second-half to try and put the game to bed and it worked for us with the early goal and the few points that followed.

“We got 1-3 in the first few minutes of the second-half and that killed the game.’’ 

O’Sullivan again acknowledged the contribution of the players who are still making things happen for his team, players like John Hayes, John O’Rourke and Kevin MacMahon.

John Hayes runs at the Clonakilty defence. Picture: Larry Cummins
John Hayes runs at the Clonakilty defence. Picture: Larry Cummins

“Yes, you don’t realise how good these fellows are to train. They are real leaders and they are a huge example to the lads who are coming through.

“They are really setting the culture for Ross football and, hopefully, they can keep it going.

“We are back in the semi-final again but we want to win a few more county titles so we’ll see what happens but we are taking it game by game.

“We got a few very important points there before half-time and I think we played fairly patient football in the first-half because we knew Clon were going to come at us and their better players like Sean White, Tom Clancy and Liam Donovan were playing well.’’ 

Now it’s the Barrs in the semi-final, a repeat of 12 months ago when the city side won by three goals and the perfect opportunity to make amends for that loss.

“Without a doubt, they beat us well last year and a lot of our fellows would have felt that they didn’t perform on the day.

“We’d be hoping now that the hunger we had today and the last day against Ballincollig will be something we can bring again the next day.

“Today we had just the one wide in the whole game and I don’t think that ever happened for us before but we would not be getting too excited about that.’’ The former Cork player is a great believer in taking every challenge as it comes along.

“We have tried to build momentum as the year went on. The players are looking fresh and our physical trainer Colin Murphy is doing a great job in that regard.

“All the more so with the age profile of some of the players. It was important to have them right at this time, not back in March or April and there was a huge improvement there from the day we played Clon in Castlehaven.

“Fellows were moving much better and, yes, you would be happy with how things went here.

“But it’s all about a semi-final now so we’ll see how we go.’’

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