BY KIERAN McCARTHY
SOUTH West JAFC champions St Mary’s lost their first-round tie, 1-10 to 0-11, against a strong Castlehaven second team on Sunday afternoon.
Having played against the wind in the first half, Castlehaven trailed by a single point, 0-6 to 0-5, at the break. Daniel Hegarty’s second-half goal saw the winners take control of the game.
Man-of-the-match Mike Dineen scored 0-3, Conor Cahalane sent over two frees, while Paudie Hurley added 0-2 (1f, 1 45), and Eoin Dennehy and Darragh Cahalane chipped in with 0-1 each.
Brian McCarthy 0-4 (3f), John Daly and Chris Daly with 0-3 each, and Barry O’Mahony (0-1) were on target for the champions, who now face a round-two test against Bantry Blues.
Elsewhere, Carbery Rangers defeated Clann na nGael 1-12 to 1-7, with Sean O’Neill scoring 1-4 for Ross. The sides had been level at the break, 1-4 to 0-7, with Don O’Driscoll scoring Clann na nGael’s goal.
The other two first-round ties on Saturday night saw Tadhg MacCarthaigh get the better of Clonakilty, 0-12 to 0-9, with the winners scoring six frees.
The other first-round game saw O’Donovan Rossa defeat Muintir Bhaire, 1-7 to 1-5, with Dylan Hourihane scoring the crucial goal for Skibbereen. Conor McCarthy, Jonathan Davis and Hourihane all added points in a tight game that saw Muintir pull a late goal back through a penalty.
See Thursday’s Southern Star for the full reports and reaction from all four games.