Four games took centre stage in the South West JAFC, with wins for Castlehaven, O'Donovan Rossa, Tadhg MacCarthaigh and Carbery Rangers.
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.