Surprise defeat for Beara u.21s as Kildorrery better focussed
BY BRENDAN KENNEALLY
Kildorrery ........... 1-6
Beara .................... 1-5
NORTH Cork champions, Kildorrery, winners of their divisional title for the first time in 23 years, had what may be considered to be a shock win over Beara in the county under 21 football championship at a wet and windy Inchigeela on Saturday evening last. While the result may be a surprise, there was no dispute as to the merit of the Avondhu boys’ win.
Beara had been gifted a goal in the 12th minute when Donnacha Lowney’s sideline kick went all the way to the Kildorrery net and this goal divided the sides at the interval.
Beara had increased their lead by another point on the restart and still held a four points advantage at the three quarters stage even though they were, by then, coming under pressure from a very plucky Kildorrery side. After Paudie Hanley found the Beara net with a superb shot in the 47th minute, there was a certain inevitability about the final outcome.
Beara, who had squandered some fine chances earlier, now found that Kildorrery, with their tails up, were giving them no scoring opportunities at all and the North Cork side at last drew level and then snatched victory with a Paudie Hanley point in the dying seconds of normal time.
This victory showed clearly the advantage a club side has over divisional representatives. Kildorrery had come through a tough campaign in North Cork and had, what was for them, an exceptional side this year. Kildorrery were fit and focussed, had a few outstanding performers in vital positions and combined well as a team.
Beara, in contrast, despite having some quality players in their ranks, suffered badly from lack of match practice as a team and it was this lack of adequate preparation which cost them victory in the end when the pressure came on in earnest. With a flow of talented minors coming through, the solution for Beara must be club-like preparation if they hope to make a mark as under 21 level once again.
Conditions for the game at Inchigeela were not conducive to good football. Nevertheless, despite the high swirling wind and the occasion heavy rain, the teams served up a most entertaining and sporting encounter.
There was a moderate attendance but it was enthusiastic and the fact that Kildorrery outnumbered the Beara supporters by a ten to one ratio, showed that the North Cork club were “up for it.”
Beara, defending the village goal, started well and Concuir Harrington opened their account in the fourth minute, adding another point after turning his opponent and Beara were three points clear when Donnacha Lowney’s blistering shot was deflected over the crossbar by the Kildorrery keeper in the seventh minute.
Kildorrery’s Adrian McIniry had a point in reply from play and Paudie Hanley tapped over an easy free to reduce the deficit to a single point but then Beara were given an unexpected boost.
Donnacha Lowney lobbed a sideline kick from 45 metres into the Kildorrery goalmouth, the ball bouncing in front of the goalkeeper and shot up into the roof of the net. It was an awful goal to concede and a real present for Beara but the peninsula boys failed to avail of the opportunity to drive home their advantage.
Kildorrery goalkeeper, brian lee, made an outstanding save from donnacha Lowney in the 18th minute and with centre back Stephen Coughlan, full back John Cremin and midfielder Eamonn O’Connor giving great leadership, the Avondhu champions held their nerve, contained Beara and, after a period of stalemate, closed the first half scoring with a point in the 29th minute from Liam Kelly to leave Beara 1-3 to 0-3 in front at the break and slightly flattered by their advantage.
Beara lost this game in the third quarter when they shot six wides, most from good positions. Andrew O’Sullivan, one of their star performers, kicked over a fine point in the 33rd minute but a minute later substitute Brendan O’Regan blazes wide after the Kildorrery goalkeeper had done well to block a shot from Michael Crowley and the ball had run loose. Paudie hanley reduced the leeway for Kildorrery from a free but Beara restored their four points advantage in the 46th minute when Concuir Harrington took a pass from Andrew O’Sullivan and shot over a fine point.
It was to be the final score from the Beara side who were in deep trouble a minute later when Kildorrery’s Peter O’Brien delivered the perfect final pass into the arms of an inrushing Paudie Hanley and from close range the centre forward billowed the beara net to further rouse the enthusiastic Kildorrery support.
It was obvious Beara would not survive without further scores but the Kildorrery defence was equal to whatever Beara threw at them and, eventually, kildorrery drew level when centrefield Eamonn O’Connor punched over a point six minutes from time.
The tide was now running with the North cork men and even though their winner came late, paudie Hanley’s point from close range won the game and was greeted with delight by the supporters of the village on the hill.
Beara were disappointed but realised that the winners had come better focussed and prepared. The solution for Beara is not simple and will require dedication, planning, hard work and expense.
Scorers: Kildorrery: P. Hanley 1-3, A. McIniry, L. Kelly and E. O’Connor 0-1 each. Beara: D. Lowney 1-1, C. Harrington 0-3, A. O’Sullivan 0-1.
Kildorrery: Brian Lee, Richie Barry, John Cremin, Richie McIniry, John Hennessy, Stephen Coughlan, Tadhg Coffey, Eamonn O’Connor, Michael Walsh, Liam Kelly, Paudie Hanley, Peter O’Brien, Adrian McIniry, Tom Whelan, Sean Coughlan. Subs. Jeremiah Allen for A. McIniry, Jerry McCarthy for L. Kelly.
Beara: William O’Sullivan (Adrigole), David Harrington (Garnish), Shane O’Sullivan (Adrigole), Joe Lowney (Garnish), Barry Goggin (Adrigole), Donagh B. O’Sullivan (CTB), Paul O’Sullivan (Adrigole), Andrew O’Sullivan (CTB), garry lowney (Urhan), Shane Lowney (Urhan), Donnacha Lowney (Garnish), Michael Crowley (Bere Island), Concuir Harrington (Urhan), Cormac O’Sullivan (CTB), Lorcan Harrington (CTB). Subs.: Brendan O’Regan (CTB) for S, Lowney; Tim O’Sullivan (Adrigole) for C. O’Sullivan; Martin O’Sullivan (Garnish) for M. Crowley.
Referee Pat O’Leary, Kilmurry.
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