Drinagh masters go six points clear at summit
BY GER McCARTHY
THE latest round of fixtures in the West Cork Masters League, sponsored by O'Brien's Bar Rosscarbery, saw undefeated Drinagh Rangers extend their advantage at the top of the table to six points following a 4-0 win away to Courtmacsherry.
The leaders were frustrated for much of a scoreless opening half before netting four times without reply in the second period to maintain their 100 per cent record.
Courtmacsherry’s dogged resistance was broken a minute into the second-half when William O’Donovan found the net before a deflected Martin Cronin effort made it 2-0.
Rangers secured the points when Colm McCarthy bagged a late brace and the Canon Crowley Park club are now firm favourites to claim their first ever West Cork League Masters title.
Cloughduv Celtic missed the opportunity to close the gap on the leaders when their scheduled fixture with Bunratty United was postponed due to bereavement.
Castletown Celtic edged Dunmanway Town in a five-goal thriller at Mohona to move joint-third alongside Cloughduv. The visitors’ Steve McLoughlin broke the deadlock inside the first minute but a Kevin Hurley leveller sent the teams in tied 1-1 at the break.
A cracking second-half saw Hurley move to the top of the league’s goal-scoring charts with a second strike, only for late Kevin Clarke and Gordon Anderson efforts to seal a famous 3-2 win for Castletown.
Rosscarbery recorded their maiden league victory of the summer season in emphatic style at home to Clonakilty AFC in Carrigroe. All the goals in a 5-2 victory arrived in the second-half with Sean Hearne opening the scoring for the hosts before a Tom Houlihan effort drew Clonakilty level.
Geoff Wycherley restored Rosscarbery’s lead, only for a determined Clon AFC to equalise for a second time when Conal O’Donovan made it 2-2. The home side moved up a gear in the final quarter and scored three times without reply to seal all three points. Noel O'Donoghue, Michael Keohane and Geoff Wycherley goals rounded off a memorable display for a delighted Rosscarbery.
Skibbereen got the better of Ardfield following an evenly fought encounter in the Baltimore Road, thanks to a goal in either half to move into fifth place in the standings.
Skibbereen hit the front on the quarter hour mark when Ger Murray beat the Ardfield offside trap and finished confidently to push the hosts in front. The Baltimore Road club cemented their second win of the campaign when Billy Flaherty netted in the 42nd minute to complete a 2-0 victory.
West Cork Masters League Round 6: Courtmacsherry 0 Drinagh Rangers 4, Dunmanway Town 2 Castletown Celtic 3, Rosscarbery 5 Clonakilty AFC 2, Skibbereen 2 Ardfield 0.
Fixtures — West Cork Masters League, Wednesday July 18th: Bunratty United v Courtmacsherry in Town Park Schull, Castletown Celtic v Cloughduv Celtic in Castletownkenneigh, Clonakilty AFC v Dunmanway Town in Ballyvackey, Clonakilty Town v Ardfield in Darrara, Rosscarbery v Skibbereen in Carrigroe.