Fr. O’Neills Turn Around Their Game In Close Second Half Victory

By Declan Barron; Photos By Denis O'Flynn


East Cork Fé21 ‘B’ Football Championship

Fr. O’ Neill’s 1-12

Glenville 1-11

Fr. O’ Neill’s turned around their game in the second half of this keenly contested encounter with a fancied Glenville side in the semi-final of the East Cork Fé21 ‘B’ Football Championship at Cloyne on Saturday last. There was never only a few points between these evenly matched sides where the sending off of Glenville’s Cillian Roche (for a second yellow card), after nineteen minutes, had a detrimental effect on their efforts for the remainder of the game. However, O’ Neill’s were no shrinking violets either where the strength and skill of Jason Hankard proved vital more so in the second half when O’ Neill’s decided to push on and take the game to Glenville.

Fr. O’ Neill’s Conor Lee kicked the opening two points, in as many minutes, to get the game off but Dylan Power followed with a brace of points from frees with Aaron Collins also chipping in with a point to put the Hill lads a point ahead after ten minutes. Lee added another point following a long ball in while Jake Shine kicked a great goal to put three points between the sides. So tight was the game that Glenville reeled in that lead with two points from Power and another from Owen Desmond, sides level again for the third time on the 23rd minute. Hankard and Power traded a point each to let the game all square at the short whistle, 1-4 to 0-7.

Desmond got the opening score in the second half with another point but a silly foul in the Glenville backline resulted in Colm Swayne having the easiest of kicks with a close in free. Hankard got a well-earned point following a great solo through the Glenville defence where he got to know one or two of them quite well on the way in. Glenville kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a well struck goal from Desmond on the 40th minute. This score really upped the ante in the game as O’ Neill’s got stuck in and Hankard, was again well marshalled on his solo, but kicked a sublime point as Swayne converted another close in free to level the game again. Brian Kenneally found himself in unchartered waters as the game entered the last quarter, but he made no mistake and put O’ Neill’s one ahead again. Hankard kicked two more points as Swayne punished a silly foul to put four points between the sides with eight minutes remaining. Glenville sensing the game going away from them countered and a Power pointed free stemmed the tide four minutes from time. Andrew Desmond came from mid field with a good point as O’ Neill’s tried to stem the flow of ball in. As time ran out Sean Desmond kicked a Glenville free to let the minimum between the sides as O’ Neill’s defended as if their lives depended on the result. Neither team could score in the four minutes of added time and now O’ Neill’s face near neighbours Castlemartyr in the final following a resounding win for them over Glenbower Rovers.

Scores: Fr. O’ Neill’s; J. Hankard 0-4 (0-1f), C. Lee 0-3, C. Swayne 0-3 (0-3f), J. Shine 1-0, A. Leahy, B. Kenneally 0-1 each.

Glenville: D. Power 0-6 (0-5f), O. Desmond 1-2, S. Desmond, A. Desmond, C. Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

Fr. O’ Neill’s: C. Dunne, B. Kenneally, A. McEvoy, D. Barry, O. Murphy, O. Steele, C. O Connor, C. Cullinane, A. Kenneally, M. Cody, J. Hankard, C. Swayne, A. Leahy, J. Shine, C. Lee.
Sub used; J. Millerick for A. Leahy (43).

Glenville: N. O Sullivan, B. Kennedy, P. Molony, S. Dorgan, A. Collins, C. Healy, A. Desmond, D. McCarthy, M. O Riordan, C. Cronin, D. Power, O. Desmond, S. Desmond, S. Curtin, C. Roche.


Referee: Jim Hennessy (Dungourney).


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St Catherine’s 1-8 Glenbower Rovers 1-9

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