THE MAYFIELD hurlers are on the march again and it was back to winning ways in their first game at Cork County Intermediate level at Brinny yesterday.
Last season’s county, provincial and All-Ireland junior champions took up from where they had left off in Croke Park in early Spring and they were full value for their six-point win over Argideen Rangers.
Nicky Kelly, brother Shane and David O’Neill contributed generously on the scoresheet with Shane O’Donovan outstanding at centre-back.
Team coach Seamus Lawton, reflecting on their victory, told the Echo that it was a big win for the club.
“It was new territory for us and we did not know what to expect. We were a bit worried coming into the game but the players again responded very positively and we are thrilled to have won our first championship game at this level.’’
Meanwhile, Donal Óg Cusack returned to the number one jersey for Cloyne after a year out and helped his side to a fine win over Tracton. In the PIHC He kept a clean sheet in their 4-7 to 0-17 win with Colm O’Sullivan firing home a brace of goals.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Douglas, Aghada, Midleton, Blackrock, Sarsfields, Aghabullogue, Ballincollig and Barryroe in the IHC.
In the Cork SFC, Bandon’s Mark Sugrue delivered 2-8 for Carbery in their replay victory over Ilen Rovers.
They romped into the winners enclosure on a scoreline of 4-16 to 1-12 and they will now face Castlehaven in a West Cork cracker in round 2A.
Ilen Rovers will take on St Nicholas in round 2B of the competition.