Fr O’Neill’s 0 – 11
Fermoy 0 - 9
Fr O’Neill’s advanced to meet Sliabh Rua in the the Rebel Og Co Premier MHC 2 semi final after they withstand a spirited second half challenge by Fermoy at Castlelyons last evening. The opening stages saw the East Cork side aided by the stiff breeze begin brightly with Aaron McAvoy and Joe Mellerick doing well at midfield while Mark O’Keeffe and Adrian Kenneally were commanding figures in the backline. At the otherend Billy Dunne caused many problems at corner forward and he along with Paudie McMahon reeled off some fine points that moved them into a 0-4 to no score lead by the 11th minute. Fermoy who were forced to lineout without key forward David Geary due to injury quickly settled and two points by the hardworking Martin Brennan had them right back in the game at the end of the first quarter. From here to the interval exchanges were close enough. Both teams struck a number of wides before Fr O’Neill’s moved three clear again in the 20th minute when a well taken sideline cut by Joe Mellerick found Paudie Harney for a well taken point. Fermoy’s response was instant with a fine solo run by Padraigh De Roiste setting up Shane Aherne for a well taken point while at the end of normal time Martin Brennan pointed a free to leave just a point between the teams 0-5 to 0-4. Just when Fermoy seemed like going in at the break on level terms Fr O’Neill’s had other ideas and injury time points by Declan Dalton and Aaron McAvoy helped them hold a 0-7 to 0-4 lead at the shortwhistle.
On the changeover Fermoy shaded matters for long periods but were unable to reflect their authority on proceedings when accounting for some bad wides. By the 40th minute Garry O’Callaghan, Padraigh De Roiste, Declan Dalton and Joe Mellerick swapped points. Over the next ten minutes Fermoy gained control with Padraigh De Roiste, Garry O’Callaghan, Martin Brennan, Peter Murphy and John Ring surging forward at every given opportunity and by the 50th minutes they found themselves back on level terms at 0-9 each, Fermoy seemed to have the upperhand at this stage but in the closing stages O’Neill’s weathered their opponents challenge when Shane Lee placed Paudie Harney for a point. Fermoy tried hard to restore parity but it was not to be with the winners opening up a two point game in injury time when the impressive Joe Mellerick intercepted a Fermoy attack that resulted in Darragh Sexton pointing from long range that helped them secure a close win.
Scorers for Fr O’Neill’s : B Dunne, P McMahon (0-1f) 0-3 each, D Dalton 0-2, A McAvoy, J Mellerick (f) D Sexton 0-1 each,
Fermoy : M Brennan 0-4 (0-3f) P De Roiste, G O’Callaghan 0-2, S Aherne 0-1,
FR O’NEILL’S : E O’Neill, T Mellerick, A Kenneally, M Motherway, W Lane, M O’Keeffe, K O’Sullivan, A McAvoy, J Mellerick, P McMahon, D Sexton, S Lee, B Dunne, D Dalton, D O’Driscoll,
FERMOY R Cronin, A Forde, P Murphy, J Condon, J Pyne, J Ring, C O’Keeffe, M Brennan, P De Roiste, T Keane, G O’Callaghan, B Barry, Cian O’Carroll, R O’Hagan, S Aherne, Sub T Hynes for C O’Carroll,
Referee Joe Larkin (Douglas)