Killeagh 0-14 Bishopstown 0-9 – Cork Senior Hurling Championship

Killeagh: B. Rochford; P. McCarthy; Colin Fogarty; P. McGrath; B. Collins; K. Lane; Cian Fogarty; L. Collins (M. Landers); P. O’Neill; B. Barry (0-4); A. Keniry; A. Walsh (0-1); E. Loughlin (D. Cahill); S. Long (0-1); J. Deane (0-8; 0-6f).

Bishopstown: K. O’Halloran; B. Lane; S. O’Neill; I. Jones; D. Hickey (J. O’Sullivan); P. Honohan; D. Lester; J. Murphy; P. Cronin (0-1f); R. Conway (0-1); M. Power (0-1); E. McCarthy (B. Coffey); B. Murray (0-1); D. Crowley (0-1); T. Murray (0-4; 0-2f).

An entertaining enough game in Caherlag this evening as Killeagh caused a minor shock by beating Bishopstown by five points. Killeagh were deserved victors, working hard and wanting it more then Bishopstown but also more clinical, Bishopstown hitting a huge amount of wides throughout the game. The city lads had more then enough possession and chances to win the game, but in general Killeagh were the tidier team and did more with what possession they had.

For Bishopstown, both Patrick Cronin and Shane O’Neill had middling games. Cronin had considerable impact on the game in the opening fifteen minutes playing a lot of ball but there after Killeagh did an effective job of keeping the ball away from him and doubled up on him for every puck-out. Cronin proceeded to be an irratic ball-winnder throughout and hit a number of wides. O’Neill was relatively solid at full-back, although an errant touch in the first half should have been punished by Killeagh. Elsewhere, both Murrays in the corners looked dangerous but the quality of ball into them was pretty poor, while Conway Crowley won loads of ball but failed overwhelingly to convert possession into scores, often running into cul-de-sacs or putting over long range wides. Ken O’Halloran had an excellent second half stopping two point blank Killeagh shots. Elsewhere, Bishopstown struggled badly to match the work rate and movement of Killeagh in the middle third and the Bishopstown half-back line in particular struggled badly to dominate during any part of the game.

For Killeagh, there were a number of good performances. Kieran Lane was powerful at center-back and played a lot of ball; Brendan Barry had an excellent first half and showed the kind of long range point taking completely absent in Bishopstown’s play. The likes of Andrew Walsh and Cian Fogarty worked hard throughout while Joe Deane was exceptional from placed balls. In general Killeagh worked a lot harder then their opposition and clearly wanted the win more, and even though Bishopstown hit lots of wides Killeagh also spurned two excellent goal chances in the second half. Killeagh deserved their victory and if they can get a couple of their better players back fron injury could cause another upset.

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