St. Mary's Too Strong for Cloyne

21 November, 2010

St Mary’s prove too strong for Cloyne

St Mary’s 1-12 Cloyne 2-4

Declan Barron reports from Carrigtwohill

Cork champions, Cloyne, made their exit from the AIB Munster Junior club championship, when they had to give best to St Mary’s from Kerry in a fine contest played at the excellent Carrigtwohill venue, in front of a fairly large crowd.

Despite getting the opening score from Conor O’Lomasney, Cloyne struggled for long periods to contain a free flowing St Mary’s side that equalised through Austin Constable from a free. Kerry senior player Bryan Sheehan had earlier missed two chances but the Caherciveen standard bearers soon found the net with Aidan Walsh ghosting in along the end line before shooting low into the corner to give St Mary’s a lead they never subsequently lost.

Cloyne with Michael Walsh, Paudi O’Sullivan and Eoin O’Sullivan prominent in the early stages were now having to absorb a lot of pressure with the influential John Alan O’Sullivan and Paul O’Donoghue causing a lot of problems with their passing as Ray Keane with a point from play and Bryan Sheehan with a free extended the visitors lead to 1-3 to 0-1 at the end of the opening quarter.

As the half progressed the game became scrappy with a number of yellow cards being shown as both sides lost a little of their composure. Cloyne had two wides when scores were badly needed on the one hand while St Mary’s extended their lead with two further pointed free’s by Bryan Sheehan to just one point in reply for Cloyne with Kevin O’Lomasney on target as Cloyne trailed by 0-2 to 1-5 at the interval.

All year long Cloyne have found themselves in similar positions so this was familiar territory to them and in a great third quarter, the Cork standard bearers had the Kerry champions worried. While Paul O’Donoghue extended the St Mary’s lead with a good opening point it was Cloyne who came thundering into the game with Maurice Lynch winning a penalty that was duly slotted home by Diarmuid O’Sullivan. It was now game on so to speak, with Cloyne suddenly finding a new gear, with Domhnall O’Sullivan landing a terrific point and when Kevin O’Lomasney slotted over a 44th minute free, the lead was down to just two points as St Mary’s were now under pressure.

Cloyne needed another score to keep the pressure on but they could not get it as St Mary’s broke and won a free that was converted by Bryan Sheehan, whose effort went in off the post. It was that kind of day for Cloyne who certainly gave it everything in that third quarter, but once St Mary’s had weathered the Cloyne storm, the Kerry champions again got their rhythm going with Paul O’Donoghue kicking a great point from play. Further white flags were landed by Daniel Daly and two further free’s by Bryan Sheehan decided the outcome as a contest.

In true Cloyne fashion however they went down fighting with Kevin O’Lomasney steering home a second goal, but it came too late to prevent their exit and the final point went to St Mary’s with subsutite Conor Quirke firing over to seal their Munster final spot. Cloyne lost nothing in defeat and will be the first to admit that they were beaten by the better side on the day. It was a very enjoyable game with Clashmore referee Maurice Condon being consistent in his application of the rules. A great season has now come to an end for the Cloyne club who produced a nice souvenir program to mark the occasion, and while defeat was their lot on this occasion they can look back with pride on a great year on the football field for them.

Cloyne: K O’Lomasney 1-2, D O’Sullivan 1-0, Domhnall O’Sullivan and C O’Lomasney 0-1 each

St Mary’s: A Walsh 1-0, B Sheehan 0-6, P O’Donoghue 0-2, C Quirke, D Daly, R Keane and A Constable 0-1 each.

Cloyne: M Oosthuizen, J Cotter, D O’Sullivan, R McCarthy, M Walsh, E O’Sullivan, B McCarthy, P O’Sullivan, K Cronin, C O’Lomasney, K O’Lomasney, P O’Sullivan, M Lynch, D O’Sullivan and J Nyhan. Subs used V Cusack, F O’Brien, E O’Lomasney and R Daly.

St Mary’s: D Horgan, B Curran, S Curran, G O’Driscoll, D O’Sullivan, N O’Driscoll, K Curran, J Golden, A Constable, A Walsh, R Keane, B Sheehan, JA O’Sullivan, P O’Donoghue and D Daly. Subs used S Cournane and C Quirke.

Referee: Maurice Condon, Waterford.