Champions Midleton, are out of the “Michael O’Connor Motor Factors” East Cork Junior A football championship as a determined Cloyne came from being five points in arrears at half time to get the better of the holders in a cracking contest at Ballinacurra last Friday evening.
Midleton began this contest in terrific form with Cormac Beausang pointing and Sean O’Leary Hayes goaling inside the opening two minutes. Paudie O’Sullivan got Cloyne off the mark from a free but it was Midleton who dominated the opening quarter to lead by 1-4 to 0-2 as Cormac Walsh, Cormac Beausang and Johnny Comer were all on target for the holders with Dillon Cahill pointing for Cloyne.
Cloyne got back in the game when Paudie O’Sullivan intercepted a short kick-out and set up his brother Colm for a goal. Paudie then slotted a free to make it a one point game before Johnny Comer converted two at the other end for Midleton. Cloyne came back once more with points from O’Sullivan from a free and Keith Dennehy from play. However, it was Midleton that finished the half strongly with Sean O’Leary Hayes cutting Cloyne open before parting to Cormac Beausang to hit the net. Another Niall Walsh point brought the half to a close with Midleton leading by 2-7 to 1-5 at half time.
Midleton continued to stay ahead as Comer and O’Sullivan swapped points before Midleton went eight clear as Cormac Beausang, Cormac Walsh and Beausang again had Midleton in front by 2-11 to 1-6 with 38 minutes played. Cloyne were then thrown a lifeline as they won a penalty, superbly converted by Paudie O’Sullivan and when Colm O’Sullivan hit a point and followed it up with a smashing goal it was game on again as Cloyne now trailed by just a point at the end of the third quarter.
Keith Dennehy, Dillon Cahill, Brian O’Shea and the O’Sullivan brothers were now driving Cloyne on and while Cormac Walsh snatched a badly needed point for Midleton, the response from Cloyne was immediate with Paudie O’Sullivan landing a smashing point to keep it to a one point game. Cloyne then hit four wides in a row before Paudie O’Sullivan was again the provider for brother Colm to rifle in his third goal and turn this tie on its head as Cloyne now led for the first time in this contest. Midleton did respond with Sean O’Meara making it a single score game again with two minutes remaining. Midleton then lost Aidan Ryan to a red card but it was a determined Cloyne that closed out result with a 62nd minute point from Colm O’Sullivan to record a splendid victory after a smashing contest and knock the holders out.
Cloyne: C O’Sullivan 3-2, P O’Sullivan 1-5, D Cahill and K Dennehy 0-1 each.
Midleton: C Beausang: 1-4, S O’Leary-Hayes 1-0, J Comer 0-4f, C Walsh 0-3, N Walsh and S O’Meara 0-1 each.
Midleton: P White, C gunning, L Dineen, S O’Farrell, N Walsh, P O’Farrell, S Smyth, A Daly, S O’Meara, C Walsh, S O’Leary-Hayes, C Beausang, T O’Connell, J Comer Capt and K Mulcahy. Subs used G Bagnall Hartnett for L Dineen B/C and A Ryan for C Gunning.
Cloyne: C Smith, M Walsh, M Lynch, B Walsh, J Lynch, J Hallahan, D Jermyn, B Minihane, K Dennehy, C Motherway, D Cahill, C Mullins, P O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan and B O’Shea. Subs used J Sherlock for J Hallahan injd and A Walsh for M Lynch injd.
Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers)