Cobh GAA Club News

22 April, 2013

Cobh Fail to Kill Off Fr O Neills in East Cork Junior Football Championship R3


Cobh 0-11 Fr O Neills 0-12 @ Aghavine 19-04-13


On a perfect night for Football, Cobh faced Fr O Neills in Aghavine on Friday evening for a chance to face Glenbower Rovers in round four of the East Cork Junior Football Championship.


Fr O Neills started the brighter and the full forward line of Padraig McMahon, Luke Swayne and Rob Hyde looked very lively as they showed for great ball. Padraig McMahon notably kicking two lovely points from right corner forward to put O Neills two scores up in the opening stages. Cobh's first opportunity fell to Cian Spriggs and he was unlucky to see his effort rebound off the post. Dave Mac registered Cobh's first score after Nigel Kavanagh caught a beautiful ball from full forward which then allowed Cian Spriggs to find Dave Mac who slotted over a superb point. Brian Aherne was next to supply Dave Mac and he didn't disappoint again as he raised another white flag. Cobh began to find their feet in this tie and took a lead 10 minutes into the first half when captain Rory O Connell made a driving run from half back to find Conor Farrell who also pointed.

As both sides began to get the measure of each other scores seemed hard to come by and a period of ten minutes past where both sides failed to register a single point. After a great start, Luke Swayne's accuracy in front of goal diminished slightly which allowed Cobh to hold onto their slender lead. Late into the first half Fr O Neills broke from midfield and set up a goal chance but Gregg Byrne did very well to close down the attacker. Cobh then scored another point when Brian Aherne found Cian Spriggs who kicked a great score to put Cobh up by two. Martin O Connor tracked very well into the oppositions half to force a free which allowed Derek Barrett to score his first point of the day. Jack Ronan was introduced from the Cobh bench and injected some huge pace into the Cobh forward line and it was his run that forced Fr O Neills to take him down in the small square to grant Cobh a penalty Chance. Dave Mac, who was in superb form in the opening half failed to convert the penalty allowing O Neills to remain well within this fixture. Cobh lead at the break with a lead of six points to three and looked to be in a comfortable position approaching the second half.

Cobh began the second half as they finished the first and opened the scoring when Nigel Kavanagh won a free which Derek Barrett again converted. Shane Harrington kicked another wide for O Neills who although enjoyed a lot of possession were failing to convert their chances. Barrett opened his account from play as O Neills failed to clear a ball from the back allowing Derek to extend Cobh's lead to five points. Darren Tallon conceded a free in front of goal to allow Shane Harrington slot over a point and give his side some much needed confidence. Brian Aherne then added his name to the score sheet when he pointed from the half forward line. Jack Ronan was again lively as he was fouled to allow Cian Spriggs take over free taking duty for the substituted Derek Barrett. Cian scored the free to restore Cobh's five point advantage.

Cobh looked to be pulling away but Fr O Neills had a different opinion. Shane Harrington scored a '45 and his free taking was proving to be vital to the Ladysbridge men as he kept Cobh from widening the gap. Fr O Neills eventually found their form mid-way through the second half and applied huge pressure on the Cobh men who looked to be tiring. Shane Harrington converted more placed balls and reduced Cobh's lead to just a point and belief was beginning to set in for the O Neills men. Shane Barrett scored for Cobh to settle some nerves but wides from Brian Aherne and Conor Farrell inspired O Neills to keep going. The game was level with moments to go and looked like it could go either way but when the ball fell to Luke Swayne he didn't wide this time as he kicked an immense score from the right to give O Neills the lead. Cobh tried desperately in the finish to bring it back to level and the referee gave them every chance by playing eight minutes of injury time but O Neills held out for the win. Cobh left distraught in the finish will forever wonder how they didn't see out this tie but all credit to Fr O Neills for a great comeback. Fr O Neills now face defending champions Glenbower rovers in Round 4 while its back to the drawing board for the harbour men.

Cobh: Gregg Byrne, John Flannigan, Darren Tallon, Dec O Connell (Sham Ryan 50mins), Rory O Connell (Capt.), Liam Greaney, Martin O Connor, Brian Aherne, Darragh O Keeffe (Jack Ronan 12mins), Mark Foley, Derek Barrett (Shane Barrett 45mins) Cian Spriggs, Conor Farrell, Nigel Kavanagh, Dave Mac.

Scorers for Cobh: Derek Barrett 0-4 (3f), Cian Spriggs (1f), Dave Mac 0-2 each, Brian Aherne, Shane Barrett, Conor Farrell 0-1 each.