Imokilly Football 2009

3rd Round Result:

Sun 21st June Imokilly 1-10 Bishopstown 2-11

Selectors 2009: Michael O'Brien (Aghada), Vincent Cronin (Bride Rovers), Donal O'Keeffe (Lisgoold), Tom Harrington (Fr. O'Neill's), Jerome O'Brien (Cloyne)

Time Runs out as Imokilly bow out to Bishopstown in Senior Football Championship

Imokilly 1-10 Bishopstown 2-11

Declan Barron reports from Pairc Ui Rinn

The Imokilly jigsaw puzzle was only beginning to come together at the finish, but time ran out for the divisional side as they bowed out of contention in the 3rd round of this year's Evening Echo sponsored senior football championship. It might have been oh so different had the side turned up in the first half as Bishopstown sowed the seeds of victory in that opening 30 minutes as Imokilly were barely at the races.

The Imokilly cause was made all the harder, with Bishopstown getting off to a flyer, as great work from Paul Honohan, set up corner forward Brian Healy for a first minute goal. That score ignited the city side, which were playing with pace and power, as Imokilly struggled to cope with the Bishopstown intensity, which yielded points from Gavin Walsh, and Stephen McCarthy to just a single reply for Imokilly, from a James Murphy free as the opening quarter flew by. Imokilly might have had a goal themselves but the effort went the wrong side of the upright.

Imokilly were not short of possession but were very short on ideas as their short passing game broke down against a tough tackling Bishopstown defence. Alan O’Connor and Patrick Cronin were on top at midfield for Bishopstown, and as a result their support play, and lines of running was causing problems for an overworked Imokilly defence. Further points arrived with the impressive Jack O’Shea setting up a second goal for Bishopstown who were threatening to run riot. A Paudi Cahill free steadied Imokilly somewhat but at the half time break they trailed by 2-6 to 0-2.

Imokilly had wrung the changes at the interval with Diarmuid O’Sullivan joining the attack and within minutes the pieces began to fit into place. An early goal well finished by Paudi O’Sullivan, was just what the doctor ordered, with points from Kieran Coakley and impressive sub Barry Kirby, giving Imokilly some hope as Stephen McCarthy and Paul O’Connor kept the scoreboard ticking over for Bishopstown. The game might well have been put out of reach in the 10th minute but Jack O’Shea’s rasping shot hit the bar and was cleared upfield with Diarmuid O’Sullivan pointing to bring Imokilly to within four points of Bishopstown.

Imokilly then had claims for a penalty waved aside as both sides battled it out to the finish. Imokilly were by now contesting well for every ball with Noel O’Riordan, Barra O’Tuama, Kevin O’Brien and Michael Cussen in the thick of the action. Stephen McCarthy and Paul Honohan got valuable points for the Town as Imokilly increased the tempo of their challenge. Points from Kieran Coakley, Paudi and Diarmuid O’Sullivan closed the gap still further. One felt that a goal would be needed to really save the game and while John Cronin came close he was crowded out close to goal. Michael Cussen pointed on the hour mark to leave a goal between the sides but the final say went to the impressive Paul Honohan who landed a long range point to seal the Bishopstown win. The damage had been done in the opening half and had Imokilly managed a few more scores then they certainly might have won. The club side had the early advantage and they made it count. Imokilly just ran out of time but they can feel well pleased that they produced a gallant second half performance that just came up short at the finish.

Imokilly: P O’Sullivan 1-1, M Cussen, K Coakley, and D O’Sullivan 0-2 each, B Kirby, P Cahill and J Murphy 0-1 each.

Bishopstown: P O’Connor and B Healy 1-1 each, S McCarthy 0-4, P Honohan and J O’Shea 0-2 each, G Walsh 0-1

Imokilly: M Byrne (Glanmire), P Kelly (Youghal), D O’Connell (Glanmire), K O’Keeffe ( Glenville), P Goggin ( Glanmire), D O’Sullivan ( Cloyne), N O’Riordan ( Glenville), S Horgan ( Carrig Na bhFear), K Mulvihill ( Glanmire), P O’Sullivan ( Cloyne), K Coakley ( Glenville), P Cahill ( Glenville), K O’Brien ( Ballinacurra), M Cussen ( Glanmire) and J Murphy ( Glanmire). Subs used D Ryan (Glenville), B O’Tuama (Castlemartyr), E O’Sullivan (Cloyne), B Kirby (Glanmire) and J Cronin (Lisgoold).

Bishopstown: K O’Halloran, I Jones, D Hickey, K Long, M Power, N O’Donovan, C O’Neill, P Cronin, A O’Connor, S McCarthy, J O’Shea, P Honohan, G Walsh, P O’Connor and B Healy. Subs used E Byrne, D Crowley and E Ryan.

Referee: G Collins, Carrigaline

Evening Echo Cork County SFC: Imokilly Defeat Muskerry

Imokilly 0-14 Muskerry 1-8

Twenty-five years after Imokilly claimed a historic first-ever County Senior Football Championship title, this year’s squad took their first step towards reclaiming the title with victory over a fancied Muskerry side in Páirc Uí Rinn on April 20th. Paudie O’Sullivan opening the scoring with a point from a free for the Stripes, to which he quickly added a second before Matthew McDonagh split the posts to put Muskerry on the scoreboard. It was nip and tuck for the first quarter, with the sides level on 0-4 apiece after seventeen minutes. Glanmire’s James Murphy edged Imokilly ahead again before Ciarán Sheehan equalised for Muskerry, and with two minutes of the first half remaining, the sides were again level at 0-6 each when Muskerry won the ball after a mid-field scuffle and David Goold drilled it to the back of the net to give the mid-Cork outfit a three point lead. Imokilly kept their heads up, however, and an injury-time foul on the excellent Kieran Coakley led to a free which was converted by James Murphy to leave the East Cork men trailing by two points at the short whistle, 0-7 to 1-6.

Imokilly came out fighting in the second half and while it was nine minutes before Murphy recorded the first score of the half, they dominated proceedings for the remainder of the game, outplaying a Muskerry team that boasted Cork footballers Noel O’Leary and Fintan Goold. Hard work from Diarmuid O’Sullivan and Barra O’Tuama in defence and Kerry Mulvihill in midfield ensured that Muskerry got few chances, and Kieran Coakley added two points before the mid-Cork men finally got on the scoreboard with the first of their two second-half points. Paudie O’Sullivan put Imokilly ahead with a free in the twenty-second minute, and Kieran Coakley extended the lead further in the dying minutes. There were tense moments on the sideline, but late points from Kevin O’Brien and substitute James O’Mahony looked to have sealed an impressive Imokilly victory. A last-minute Muskerry free scored by Eoin Lougheed narrowed the margin slightly but Imokilly ran out winners on a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-8.

Scorers for Imokilly: K. Coakley 0-5, P. O’Sullivan 0-3 (0-2f), J. Murphy 0-3f, K. O’Brien 0-2, J. O’Mahony 0-1.

Imokilly: W. O’Flynn (Glanmire), T. Leahy (Glanmire), D. O’Connell (Glanmire), B. Murphy (Glanmire), P. Goggin (Glanmire), D. O’Sullivan (Cloyne), B. O’Tuama (Castlemartyr), S. Horgan (Carraig na bhFear), K. Mulvihill (Glanmire), P. O’Sullivan (Cloyne), K. Coakley (Glenville), D. Molden (Glanmire), K. O’Brien (Ballinacurra), M. Hopkins (Glanmire), J. Murphy (Glanmire).

Subs: S. Harrington (Fr. O’Neill’s) for J. Murphy, J. O’Mahony (Youghal) for Molden

Muskerry: R. Moynihan, P. Lynch, R. Buckley, C. McSweeney, S. Foley, G. Russell, C. O’Leary, N. O’Leary, E. Lyons, C. Sheehan, F. Goold, M. O’Connor, E. Lougheed, D. Goold, M. McDonagh

Subs: L. Shorten for McDonagh, T. Walsh for O’Connor.