BY KIERAN McCARTHY
BRIAN Hurley’s late red card took the shine off Castlehaven’s 2-12 to 0-9 Cork SFC first-round win against Clyda Rovers at Carrigadroichead on Saturday night.
The Cork ace had scored 1-7 (5f) as well as set up Sean Dineen’s goal before he was shown a straight red card in the 53rd minute after getting in a tangle with Clyda’s Ray Carey, who was yellow carded in the incident.
It means the Haven will be without their best player for the fourth round of the Cork SFC.
Clyda’s Conor O’Sullivan was shown a straight red late in the game and will miss the losers’ round game against Carbery Rangers.
The match itself saw Castlehaven trail 0-7 to 0-6 at half time, as they struggled to make headway against a defensive Clyda team – Hurley (0-5, 4f) and Mark Collins on target for the West Cork men.
Two goals in the first ten minutes of the second half saw Haven hit the front, and they were the dominant force in the second period, with Collins pulling the strings.
Hurley set up Sean Dineen for a close-range fisted goal in the 34th minute. Hurley then rocketed home a thunderous left-footed shot six minutes later, set-up by Collins.
Always in control in the second half, Haven looked comfortable even after Hurley’s red, as Collins (2) and Stephen Hurley completed the scoring.
Castlehaven: B Hurley 1-7 (5f), M Collins 0-3, S Dineen 1-0, S Cahalane, S Hurley 0-1 each.
Clyda Rovers: J Murphy 0-7 (5f, 1 45), C Flanagan, C O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
· Full report and reaction in Thursday’s Southern Star.