Intermediate Hurling Championship Report
August 12, 2019
Ballincollig 0-16 Courcey Rovers 1-11
Eventually, Ballincollig found a way to overcome the fearsome challenge of 13-man Courcey Rovers in the second round of the Cork Premier IHC in Brinny on Saturday afternoon.
As for Courcey Rovers, last year’s beaten finalists, they will be left rue their ill-discipline and lack of scoring power from play.
However, it’s a testament to their character that the game was in the balance right up to the end, despite their problems.
As they emerged after half-time level, but with only 13 men, they needed something to defend and they got it four minutes in when Stephen Nyhan’s long range free went all the way to the Ballincollig net.
The mid-Cork men were soon level again through two excellent Walsh points from play and another from JP Murphy. However, every time they got close, Courceys managed to sneak ahead again through the excellent free taking of Richard Sweetnam.
But Ballincollig finally got ahead through the outstanding Walsh and further scores from Conor O’Leary and Robert Bourke gave them a some breathing space. The first-half suffered from hearts ruling heads as both teams struggled to dust off the cobwebs from their respective first-round encounters back in April. Before the ball was thrown in, referee Ian McCarthy was forced to speak to Ballincollig’s Conor Sexton and Courcey’s Sean Twomey and that ill-feeling permeated through the half. Courcey’s Dan Lordan saw red from the throw-in following a moment of madness and the play never found a flow as the physical exchanges became all-encompassing.
Courceys responded to adversity admirably from the start and led by five points to two at the end of the opening quarter.
Four of those came from the stick of Tadgh O’Sullivan through placed balls while Cork U20 starlet Sean Twomey, who was starved of possession in general, supplied the other with Fenton Denny and Luke Fahy on target for Ballincollig.
Seán Walsh slotted over three frees, Ciarán O’Sullivan pointed from play while Tadgh O’Sullivan had another free for Courceys to see the sides level going in at half-time.
Unfortunately for Courceys, it was to be O’Sullivan’s last action as he was red-carded for an incident after the short whistle.
From there, it took Ballincollig a while to figure out how to use their advantage, but they did, and they now have a further chance to lengthen their summer against Valley Rovers next weekend.
Scorers for Ballincollig:
S Walsh 0-8 (0-5 frees), L Fahy 0-2, F Denny (free), C O’Leary, D Bowen, C O’Sullivan, JP Murphy and R Bourke 0-1 each.
R Cambridge, R O’Donovan, G O’Donoghue, C Sexton, C O’Sullivan, L Jennings, JP Murphy, C Moore, F Denny, P O’Neill, C O’Leary, D Bowen, S Walsh, K Walsh, L Fahy.
Subs: R Bourke for Denny (58).