Sat 30th May Senior F C 2nd Rd Aghada 0-8 St Finbarrs 0-11
For the second year in a row Aghada enter the last chance saloon despite a brave effort at a wet and windy Carrigtwohill.
From the throw in Aghada took the game to the city boys when Tim Hartnett scored in the opening minute. Aghada defended in pacts and used the fast ball forward where the young guns John Looney and Aidan Berry had the Barrs defence in all sorts of bother, but it was the Cul Barra Andy O’Donoghue who was called upon to bring off a mighty save after five minutes.
A minute later the Barrs Cian Madden had the side’s level from a placed ball.
Aghada continued to brake forward and following a great pass from bother Pearse to Tom O’Neill, who landed a super point eight minutes into the game.
For the next ten minutes it was stalemate with both defences on top. Colin Lyons broke the deadlock to level the game for the 2nd time but straight away Cork Hurling Minor John Looney responded to restore the Seasiders lead. Then came the turning point as Edna Dennehy, Madden (f), and Eoin Comyns hit three on the bounce for the Barrs to lead for the 1st time. Just before the short whistle Aaron Berry landed a free to put the minimum between the sides (0-5 to 0-4).
On resuming the Barrs hit the ground running and again hit three on the bounce from Roy Leahy, Madden and Lyons before Pearse stopped the rot on the 39th minute. The Barrs were then awarded a penalty which Andy brilliantly saved. Aghada upped the anti after this and surged forward and should have been awarded a penalty when Berry was dragged to the ground but reiteoir Eamonn Sheehy waved on play points followed from Pearse and Colm Power as Aghada fought for dear live and when Looney got inside the defence the large Aghada following roared but the shot just whistled wide when a goal looked on. A late Berry free made it a three point game in the end as Aghada await the 3rd draw next Tue evening when they go into the hat with Clyda Rovers, Clonakilty, and St Nicks.
Aghada can take heart from this display and can yet make the 4th Rd draw.
The four minors Berry, Ed Leahy (both 17), Looney and Jack Framer (who came on) had a big influence on the game especially Berry who gave Cork Senior Ml Shields his belly full. Add to this Aaron Stafford, Jake O’Donoghue (both 19), and Conor O’Driscoll gave this side a very young look about it. Of course the elder lemons also played a big roll as the Seasiders showed great heart and determination.
Andrew O Donoghue,
Kieran O Connor, Billy Hennessy, Ed Leahy,
Aidan O Connell, John Paul O Connor, Ronan Power,
Pearse O Neill 0-2 f , Tomas O Neill 0-1,
Tim Hartnett 0-1, Stephen O Keeffe,Colm Power 0-1,
Aaron Berry 0-2 f , Aaron Stafford, John Looney 0-1
Subs; Shane Wall for O’Connell 35m, Jake O’Donoghue for Stafford 35m, Jack Farmer for C Power 42m, Matt O’Connor for O’Keeffe 44m, Conor O’Driscoll for T O’Neill 50m.
St Finbarrs James McDonnell, Paul Kennedy, Ml Shields, Glen O Connor, Alan O, Connor, Cormac Holland, Dylan Quinn, Jamie Burns, Colin Lyons, Enda Dennehy, Eoin Comyns, Adam Lyne, Eoghan Finn, Roy Leahy, Cian Madden.