East Cork Junior B Football Championship 1st Rd
Carraig na bhFear 0-04 Ballinacurra 5-16
Our Junior B Footballers were well defeated on Easter Sunday by a strong Ballinacurra side who will have a big say in the destination of this championship going on this performance. From the off, the Village side were in control and despite the best efforts of Tyrone Kennedy, Barrie Casey and John Forde, the lively Ballinacurra forwards were proving too hot to handle. Ballinacurra surged into a 2-03 to 0-0 lead after 13 minutes, both goals coming from turnovers as Carraig passes out of defence went astray. Barrie Casey had our first point from a free shortly afterwards and a brief period of dominance saw us create some good chances, but the shooting didn’t match the build up and a number of wides were registered. A great run and finish from John Forde saw us pick up our second point on 24 minutes, before Ballinacurra finished the half with a flourish once again, registering a quick 1-02 to lead the scores 3-07 to 0-02 at the short whistle.
Ballinacurra continued to dominate on the restart, 2 goals in the opening 10 minutes quashing any slim hopes of a comeback. Carraig continued to try hard but with the Ballinacurra defence on top, pickings were slim. Another point for Barrie Casey and a late score from Cormac Hill added to our target in between further points and a late goal from Ballinacurra, with Carraig keeper Mark Crowley being forced to pull off a number of excellent saves throughout the half. Both sides emptied the benches in the closing stages. Carraig fought hard to the end but there was no doubting who the deserving winners on the night were, with the full time score Ballinacurra 5-16 Carraig na bhFear 0-04.
We now go into the backdoor draw, with a round 2 clash in the coming weeks. A chance for the team to regroup and give a better account of their abilities in this championship.
T. Coleman, C.Cooney, T.KennedyT.Neally, J.O’Donnell, J.Forde
D.Sweeney, B.Casey, C.Hayes
P.Dineen, F.Deane, C.Cronin
B.Sheehan, A.Cahill, J.Spillane, G.Geaney