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East Cork Junior ‘A’ Football Championship Third Round
Carrig na bhFear 3-10
Carrig na bhFear’s ability to score three goals, in the opening half, proved decisive in this third round of the Ml. O Connor Motor Factors Sponsored East Cork Junior ‘A’ Football Championship at a windy Castlelyons on Sunday evening last. Cloyne, short a number of regulars, fought all the way to the end and the experienced Paudie O Sullivan buried the ball in the Carrig goal twice in a minute, late in the game, but it was too little too late and Carrig now go forward to the quarter-finals.
Carrig na bhFear’s Brendan Murphy had the ball in the Cloyne net inside the opening thirty seconds when he got on a quick free and deftly slipped the ball low past Chris Smith to set them up nicely. Paudie O Sullivan kicked over a free three minutes later as the impressive Paul O Keeffe kicked Carrig na bhFear’s first point following a good build up from the half backline. It was nip and tuck for a few minutes but when Carrig na bhFear’s Oisin Crowley sprung for his first goal, following a brilliant piece of high fielding by Timmy Geaney, it put Cloyne on the back foot. Cian Motherway kicked over a point but the killer kick came from Crowley’s foot again on the 27th minute when he was put through following great work by Paul O’ Keeffe and Brendan Murphy, to give Smith no chance for the third time. Murphy fisted over a further point to let the score at the short whistle, Carrig na bhFear 3-5 to Cloyne’s 0-4.
Keith Dennehy kicked a Cloyne point two minutes after the resumption but calamity struck them when Cian Motherway was dealt a red card by referee James Bermingham for an off the ball incident. The game became more pedestrian from here on as Carrig na bhFear used the extra man to their advantage. Three points from Crowley, two from placed balls, extended their lead but Dillon Cahill was unlucky not to raise a green flag for Cloyne when his kick was superbly deflected by the alert Carrig na bhFear, Conor Hayes. Paul O Keeffe and Aiden Hegarty added a point each as the game entered the final ten minutes. Cloyne’s first goal came from Paudie O’ Sullivan when he took a quick free seeing an opportunity as the Carrig defence were quizzing referee Bermingham. Paudie intercepted the kick out and stung Carrig a second time within a minute with a sublime goal but the clock beat them and Carrig na bhFear look forward to a further game in this championship.