Sparkling display by Seandn
Seandún put in an outstanding performance to surprisingly defeat West Cork side Beara by 2-10 to 0-10 in the first round of the Cork county senior football championship in Skibbereen last Sunday.
Dull, wintery conditions greeted the sides at the throw-in before a disappointingly small crowd in Skibbereen. John Paul Murphy slotted over the bar for an early Seandún lead but Beara responded immediately with Conchubar Harrington hitting a beautiful left-foot effort to level the scores. The tie was developing into an open game, full of endeavour and running from two committed sides.
Seandún retook the lead when John Paul Murphy dusted himself down to slot over a free having been fouled in front of goal. Once again Beara responded and Gary Lowney kicked a fine point from 20 yards to level for the second time.
Murphy then slalomed past two defenders and split the posts for an excellent Seandún score and his third consecutive point of the afternoon. Beara relied heavily on the pace of Donnacha Lowney and Brendan Jer to instigate their attacks but were given little or no space from the tight marking Seandún backs. The city side were denied a certain goal on the quarter hour mark Brendan McGinn's goal-bound effort was scrambled away to safety. The Rathpeacon man recovered to extend his side's lead and Seandún enjoyed an 0-5 to 0-2 lead when Thomás O'Connell finished off a terrific hand-passing move.
Seandún were winning all the breaking balls in midfield and starving the opposition of possession. The city outfit squandered a succession of good scoring opportunities which allowed two late Brendan Jer O'Sullivan points - one a super fisted effort, the other from a 45 - to leave the score 0-5 to 0-4 to Seandún at the interval.
There was a frantic beginning to the second period with loud calls for a Beara penalty turned down by the referee. The turning point of the match arrived 5 minutes into the second half when Conchubar Harrington shot wide of the target with only the goalkeeper to beat. Beara paid dearly for that glaring miss when 60 seconds later a flowing Seandún move ended with Brendan McGinn bursting the net to leave the score 1-5 to 0-4.
The goal galvanised the city outfit and visibly rocked the Beara men, although Kevin Jer O'Sullivan brought the West Cork fans back to life with a 45 yard free.
Seandún kept their composure and broke from deep with a succession of hand passes to release John Paul Murphy to kick a cracking point. The St. Vincent's man scored again a minute later to leave Beara in serious trouble.
The Seandún defence continued to shine, anchored by the inspirational Padraigh Fitzgerald. It was do or die now for the men from Beara and Kevin Jer O'Sullivan swung over a free to leave just 4 points between the sides. A needless foul offered the Adrigole man an opportunity of another free which he duly converted to leave just a goal in it.
Robert O'Mahony had been quiet up to that point but the St. Finbarr's player settled his side's nerves with a fine left foot effort in the 55th minute. The game continued to ebb and flow until the inspirational Kevin Jer again pointed to leave Beara just 1-8 to 0-8 behind.
A free from Rob O'Mahony restored Seandún's 4 point advantage but once again O'Sullivan kept Beara in touch with a 20 yard free. The excitement grew to fever pitch once Brendan Jer O'Sullivan raced through to kick Beara within two points with only five minutes to go.
Seandún refused to buckle and Martin McCarthy made a wonderful point-blank save from Brendan McGinn to keep his side in the game. Robert O'Mahony looked to have secured victory when the Barr's man kicked a tremendous point from a 25 yard sideline free in the dying minutes. The city side rounded off a memorable afternoon, deep into injury time, when Robert O'Mahony expertly slotted the ball into the net and Seandún ran out deserving winners on a 2-10 to 0-10 score.
Beara: Martin McCarthy (Urhan), Ciaran Murphy (Castletownbere), Shane Joe O'Sullivan (Adrigole), Enda Wiseman (Castletownbere), Jason Goggin (Adrigole), Donagh Wiseman (Castletownbere), Trevor Collins (Castletownbere), Andrew O'Sullivan (Castletownbere), Barry Goggin (Adrigole), Donnacha Lowney (Garnish), Brendan Jer O'Sullivan (Adrigole), Kieran Greene (Adrigole), Conchubar Harrington (Urhan), Gary Lowney (Urhan) and Kevin Jer O'Sullivan (Adrigole). Subs introduced: Darragh Carey (Adrigole), and Joe O'Sullivan (Garnish).
Seandún: Paddy O'Shea (St. Vincent's), Wayne Murphy (St. Vincent's), Philip Cunningham (St. Vincent's), Padraigh Fitzgerald (Mayfield), Tomás O'Connell (St. Vincent's), Kieran Brosnan (Mayfield), Ronan Foley (Delaneys), Declan O'Connell (St. Vincent's), Murt Kelleher (White's Cross), Brendan McGinn (Rathpeacon), John Paul Murphy (St. Vincent's), Michael McGinn (Rathpeacon), Alan O'Mahony (Ballyphehane), Robert O'Mahony (St. Finbarr's) and Mark O'Driscoll (Delaneys). Sub introduced: Dave Holly (Passage) and Mick Mullane.
Referee: Sean Collins, Carrigaline.
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