Senior/Intermediate Club Championship – 28/8/’11

Newcestown 1-15 Blarney 1-14

Newcestown: J. O’Sullivan; D. Heffernan; J. Crowley; K. Long (O. Keane); B. Horgan (0-1); N. O’Sullivan; G. O’Driscoll; D. Twomey (0-1); G. O’Rourke (0-1); F. Keane; T. Twomey (1-0); H. Curran (M. Bradfield); S. Ryan (0-1); C. Keane (0-1); E. Kelly (0-10; 0-7f).

Blarney: R. Byrne; J. Barrett; D. McSweeney; S. Walsh; J. Hughes (0-4); P. O’Leary; J. Jordan; B. Hurley; M. O’Leary (J. O’Regan); E. O’Connor (1-1); R. McNamara (0-1); J. Hurley; C. Murphy (E. McCarthy); M. Cremin (0-4f); B. O’Connell (0-4).

Newcestown sneaked past Blarney in this entertaining Premier Intermediate quarter-final courtesy of a Tadgh Twomey goal in the dying minutes. Overall Newcestown seemed to have the stronger team and dominated the game overall before a Blarney goal late in the second half panicked Newcestown, but Blarney probably also had the stand-out players in James Hughes and Barra O’Connell. Maybe unsuprisingly, as Blarney were senior just last year and Newcestown pushed Ballymartle all the way last year in championship, but this was a high quality game with an impressive standard of hurling which just underlines the strength of this grade.

For Blarney, as noted, both O’Connell and James Hughes were excellent. The former’s touch was exceptional, his pace eye-catching and it’ll be interesting to see how he those next year for the Cork Minors; James Hughes put over three excellent long range points and his striking in general was a delight to watch. Elsewhere Ronan Byrne made some excellent saves in the second half while the full back line in front of him was generally consistent throughout. However in the middle third Blarney were behind for most of the game in terms of winning possession and the Blarney half-back line never dominated to the extent one would have expected. Likewise Blarney’s midfield put in an inferior shift to their Newcestown counter-parts and it was here that the game was likely lost for Blarney along with the numerous frees Blarney gave away throughout.

For Newcestown, there were very few poor individual performances. Eoin Kelly was excellent from the deadball situations and put over a number of nice points from play; Fionn and in particular Cathrach Keane worked hard and won lots of ball while the six Newcestown backs were worked well as a unit and were far more disciplined then their Blarney counterparts. Most importantly, both Newcestown midfielders were excellent, gathered lots of ball and breaks and even got a couple of points between them from play. In general Newcestown were the better balanced team that performed better over the entirety of the game and will now surely be down as favourites to go senior next year.

Carrigtwohill 1-20 Cloyne 3-12 

Carrigtwohill: W. McCarthy; P. O’Sullivan; S. Forbes; M. O’Riordan; S. Flannery; N. Furlong; M. Foley (A. Gosnell); D. O’Mahony (0-1); C. O’Connell; L. O’Sullivan; N. McCarthy (0-3); S. Kidney (0-1); R. White (0-4); M. Fitzgerald (1-5; 0-3f); T. Hogan (0-6; 0-5f; S. O’Farrell).

Cloyne: D. Og Cusack; E. O’Sullivan; K. Cronin; B. Fleming; Diarmuid. O’Sullivan (0-1); B. McCarthy; D. Jermyn (C. O’Lomasney); M. Walsh (1-0); Donal. O’Sullivan; J. Nyhan (K. Dennehy); P. O’Sullivan (0-8; 0-5f); D. Cahill; C. O’Sullivan (1-1); C. Cusack (0-2); C. Smith (1-0).

Carrigtwohill deservedly got through to a senior semi-final against Midleton after defeating Cloyne last Sunday. Although the scoreline suggests an extremely close affair – and the final five minutes were tense – Carrigtwohill were much better over the entire game, showing considerably more class and besides Colm O’Sullivan great solo effort the Cloyne goals were pretty soft.

For Cloyne, once again Padraig O’Sullivan led the attack, decent from the deadball he also tapped over some nice points from play. Elsewhere Chris Smyth got a typical poacher’s goal after some horrible marking in the Carrigtwohill full-back line while Conor Cusack and Colm O’Sullivan offered decent support to Padraig O’Sullivan grabbing a couple of scores each from play. Elsewhere though Cloyne were less impressive – their midfield was essentially second best for the majority of the day while the Cloyne full-back line was in trouble throughout. In general Cloyne are a team that win games through sheer will and effort, and once again they nearly stole this away from Carrig but once again largely failed to show the kind of sustained play or consistency needed to become a top class senior team.

Carrig on the other hand had better balance up front and put together the cleaner phases of play throughout. At center back once again Noel Furlong had an excellent game, while Aaron Gosnell was solid after the early injury to Matthew Foley. Again the Carrigtwohill midfield was impressive, both O’Mahony and O’Connell playing huge amounts of ball and both were central to Carrigtwohill’s game winning purple patch just after half-time. Elsewhere Niall McCarthy ran himself into the ground throughout, while inside Robert White put in a MOTM performance with four expertly taken points from play. Finally Carrig’s goal was excellent, Stephen Kidney going on a great solo run, cutting across his man and handing the ball off to Micheal Fitzgerald who made a fine run alongside. At the same time, Carrigtwohill conceded three goals, two down to poor marking and a lack of cynicism, and the other one a nice flick that fooled the Carrig goalie. Ultimately however Carrig cannot afford to concede  All in all Carrigtwohill look to be the better team, and even though they probably lack the talent to beat Midleton anything is possible in an East Cork derby.

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