Ml. O’ Connor Motor Factors Sponsored
East Cork Junior ‘A’ Football Championship Third Round
Dungourney are through to the quarterfinals of the Ml. O’ Connor Motor Factors Sponsored East Cork Junior ‘A’ Football Championship when they had a three-point victory over rivals Lisgoold at a well prepared and sunny Castlemartyr on last Friday evening. With Lisgoold a point to the good at the break it was Dungourney’s James McCarthy’s goal three minutes into the second half that proved to be the turning point in this entertaining game.
John Cronin opened the scoring three minutes into the game when he pointed following a brilliant kick out from Darragh Desmond. Ryan Denny had the ball in Desmond’s net two minutes later for the Duns opening goal when Shane Hegarty put him through with a sublime pass. It was nip and tuck in this opening period with the team’s level on four occasions.
Dungourney were cuter on the ball and were also more economical as they dragged the Lisgoold defence out on several occasions with Denny adding another point to make it 1-2 to 0-2 after ten minutes. Lisgoold hit the Duns a sucker punch two minutes later when a John Cashman free dropped short and Jack Ryan deflected the ball past James Leahy to level the game again. Mike McGrath and a brilliant Shane Hegarty point finished the Duns scoring for this half on the 19th minute and Liam O Shea’s two points, the second on the 20th minute, was going to be Lisgoold’s last score. However, John Cronin managed to walk the ball half ways up the field and send over the bar on the 31st minute to keep Lisgoold in touch.
Hegarty and Cronin swapped points on the resumption and then came McCarthy’s all-important goal. A build up from midfield, the ball was going aimlessly wide on the roadside goal as McCarthy came from nowhere and he kicked the ball across the goals, crossing the line at the far post on the roadside goal. Lisgoold did fight on but could never get the lead back as veteran Mossy O Connell, Kieran and John Cashman and the reliable John Cronin tried their hardest. However, it was to be The Duns night where Stephen Hickey, Bryan Forbes, Hegarty and McCarthy along with Ryan Denny and Brian Aherne were the stars.
Scores: Dungourney; R. Denny, J. McCarthy 1-2 each, Brian Aherne 0-2 (0—2f), S. Hegarty, E. Ahern, M. McGrath, and Bill Ahern 0-1 each.
Lisgoold; J. Cronin 0-4, J. Ryan 1-0, L. O Shea 0-3, J. Cashman 0-3 (0-2f).
Dungourney: J. Leahy, K. Aherne, S. Hickey, E. Ahern, Ml. Leahy, B. Forbes, Bill Ahern, Shane Hegarty, J. McCarthy, D. Healy, R. Denny, M. McGrath, Sean Hegarty, Brian Aherne, D. Ahern.
Subs used: C. Griffin for E. Ahern (34), D. McGrath for D, Ahern (40).
Lisgoold: D. Desmond, Caoimhán O Shea, M. O Connell, A. O Donovan, B. Flynn, K. Cashman, C. Scannell. J. Cronin, C. Cashman, P. O’ Mahony, L. O Shea, C. Hickey, J. Ryan, J. Cashman, Ciaran O Shea.
Subs used: C. Healy for B. Flynn (15), C. O Brien for C. Hickey (26, inj.), L. Walsh for P. O Mahony (45), D. O Brien for Ciaran O Shea (45), P. Leahy for J. Ryan (61).
Referee: Niall O’ Neill (Midleton)