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Premier Intermediate hurling championship - Aghada 2-13 v Cloyne 0-14, Castlemartyr 5/5/19
It’s a long time since the Aghada faithful celebrated a 1st round win quite like the one last Sunday in sunny Castlemartyr, but for a number of reasons this win was special. First and foremost everyone wants to win a derby and beating your nearest rivals always adds something extra. Then considering we won no game in the competition last year, and after a disappointing loss in the football first round this year, plus being 11/2 underdogs with a long list of injuries, well is it any wonder this victory was savoured.
Played in perfect conditions for hurling at an excellent Castlemartyr venue, Cloyne opened the scoring with a point from play on 3 minutes. From the puck out, Cian Fleming bore down on goal, but his effort was saved at the expense of a ’65. Young Mark McCarthy who excelled throughout, pointed the ’65, and a few minutes later pointed a long range free after Jack McDonnell was fouled. Now Cloyne responded instantly with a second from play. The game became very much stop start from this point, with lots of frees and consultations between officials which more often than not amounted to no action been taken. But it all meant the there was no flow to the game at all in the 1st half. The sides exchanged frees on 13 and 14 minutes, but now Cloyne, who were playing into the breeze, really got on top. However they will rue the half a dozen or so scorable frees they missed in this period. An excellent sideline cut and a free pushed them 2 clear, before the Aghada forwards workrate forced a turnover free which Mike Russell pointed. This started a flurry of scores before halftime. Cloyne from play, and then Kevin O’Hanlon after a flying solo run had the score at 6v5 for Cloyne, before a minute later Fleming pounced for the 1st goal. He started the move himself and offloaded to the outstanding Pearse O’Neill, whose shot was initially saved by the Cloyne ‘keeper. Fleming continued his run however and bundled the rebound into the net. The goal came against the run of play and with Cloyne hitting two more points as they remained on top to the short whistle, it meant that the sides went in level at the break – 1-5 v 0-8.
Cloyne took up where they left off on resumption, hitting 4 points in the opening 12 minutes. Crucially though Aghada got their second goal on 8 minutes, when the impressive Tommy O’Donoghue teed up Fleming to bat home his second. Aghada were also grateful to the excellent Trevor O’Keeffe in the Aghada goal who made a fine stop, diving low to his left to prevent a certain goal. Aghada also spurned a few point opportunities in this period, but it was to matter little as now they thundered into the game. With David Rice, Jake O’Donoghue, Aiden O’Connell and Shane Wall getting to grips with the Cloyne attack, Aghada started to really motor. Pearse, as always, set the tone. His catch and pass to Fleming who in turn released Aaron Berry and the young forward hit a fine point on the burst. A couple of minutes later the same player burst through again, but saw his goal attempt saved. On 18 minutes a super catch from Pearse set the impressive Timmy Hartnett in for another minor. From the puckout yet another pacey Aghada attack saw O’Hanlon hit the upright when going for goal. Hartnett finished another good Aghada move, after a clever flick from Fleming, to point his second. By now his partner at midfield Michael Russell was really dominating, as was Jack McDonnell at wing back. It was all Aghada now, as the Aghada forwards seemed to have the legs on the Cloyne defenders. 3 more Russell placed balls, 2 more goal chances denied, to only a point from play in reply from Cloyne saw Aghada surge 5 points clear. Now Cloyne started to bombard the Aghada defence with long high balls. These were well defended, although Cloyne did win a penalty from one of these attacks, but it was blazed over the Aghada bar. 3 minutes into injury time, Cloyne pointed again to leave a dangerous 3 point lead in it. With no sign of the final whistle, Aghada again pushed on with two fine points from Cian Fleming and Daniel Creedon to allow their supporters enjoy the last few minutes of an exciting affair. Cue the celebrations on the final whistle and Aghada had a victory and performance to be truly proud off. Well done to all involved.
Aghada Team and Scores – Trevor O’Keeffe, David Rice, Jake O’Donoghue, Aiden O’Connell, Jack McDonnell, Shane Wall, Mark McCarthy(0-2, 1 ’65 1f), Tim Hartnett (0-2), Mike Russell(0-5, 4f 1’65), , Aaron Berry(0-1)(, Pearse O’Neill, Danny Creedon(0-1), Aaron Stafford, Cian Fleming (2-1),Kevin O’Hanlon(0-1). Subs Used Tommy O’Donoghue, Jordan Tynan, Ronan Kennedy.
U21 A football county championship
More championship action comes hot on the heels of Sundays hurling game, when our U21 footballers play the 1st round of the county championship against Ballincollig. Having won the East Cork title it would be great to make inroads into the County championship, but it is a difficult draw. NOTE THE CHANGE TO ORIGINAL FIXTURE _ Throw in is 8:30pm in Pairc Ui Rinn on Friday May 10th. So please support on the night.
Recent JB Hurling Results
Aghada 1-19 V Sarsfields 3-9, Rostellan 6/4/19
The lads had a good win against Sars when they had 3 points to spare in a keenly contested game. Mark Healy was outstanding at full back and Brian Morrissey outside him played very well at centre back. Ger Melvin and Aiden O’Connell won the midfield battle, while upfront Mathew Leahy and Richie Condon who scored Aghada’s goal were to the fore. Team – Trevor O’Keeffe, Alan Walsh, Mark Healy, Luke Foley, Aaron Butler, John Connolly, Brian Morrissey, Ger Melvin, Aiden O’Connell, Tommy Dobbyn, Mathew Leahy, Richie Condon, Declan Foley, Luke O’Connell, Vincy Rohan. Subs Used Paul Daly, Ronan McConville, Declan Morrissey, Ciaran Galligan, Ger Lynch.
Aghada 3-9 v Russell Rovers 0-22; Shanagarry, 16/4/2019
Another closely contested game, but this time Aghada were on the wrong side of the result. Trailing by 5 points at half time, Aghada found the net 3 times in the second period. The goals came from Ger Melvin, Tommy Dobbyn and Brian Morrissey. Despite this and good defensive displays from Marcus Leahy and John Connolly, Russell Rovers were deserving winners in the end. Team Ronan O’Connell, Luke Foley, Marcus Leahy, Aaron Butler, Alan Walsh, John Connolly, Ben Stafford, Aiden O’Connell, Ger Melvin, Mathew Leahy, Darren Malone, Richie Condon, Ger Lynch, Luke O’Connell, Tommy Dobbyn. Subs Used Brian Morrissey, Ronan Mc Conville, Vincey Rohan.