REIGNING Cork senior football champions Nemo Rangers got their Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 FL campaign off to a winning start as they saw off O’Donovan Rossa yesterday.
Nemo, who are preparing for the All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final with Slaughtneil at the end of the month, were in impressive form as they triumphed by 2-17 to 0-3.
Paul Kerrigan got the first goal for Nemo, who led 1-10 to 0-2 at half-time, while Adrian Greaney netted in the second period. In defence, Kevin O’Donovan and Alan Cronin excelled while Kevin Fulignati was good in the half-back line and Alan O’Donovan imposing in midfield with sub Conor Horgan another to shine.
Last year’s beaten finalists St Finbarr’s were denied victory by premier intermediate side Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh, with Cian Ó Duinnín’s late goal securing a 1-11 to 1-7 win for the Gaeltacht side.
A first-half goal from Adrian Murphy had put the Barr’s into a 1-3 to 0-4 lead but scores from Diarmuid Mac Thomáis and Liam Seartan had Béal Átha 0-7 to 1-3 ahead at half-time. While the Barrs took the lead again, they didn’t score for the final 11 minutes, as Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh moved a point ahead before Ó Duinnín’s goal made the game safe.
Also starting with a win were Ballincollig, who beat Valley Rovers by 2-12 to 0-11.
Colin Weste’s goal had the 2014 county champions 1-6 to 0-4 in front at half-time and Patrick Kelly raised a green flag in the second half. Ciarán O’Sullivan, Luke Fahy, Cian Kiely and JP Murphy – returning after two years in the US – were among Ballincollig’s best.
Elsewhere, Clonakilty were 3-10 to 2-5 winners over Mallow, with the goals coming from Seán McEvoy (two) and Johnny Leahy. In Division 2, there were wins for Kiskeam, Newcestown and Newmarket.