County Senior Football Championship Group One
An Rinn 1-10
Liam Ó Lonáin produced a man of the match performance at Fraher Field on Friday evening last to help his side earn a draw in the opening fixture in their second Senior Football Championship outing.
Playing on the edge of the square he was instrumental in much of what his side did on the night and well have felt somewhat unlucky not to have got something more from this fixture.
It was Ballinacourty that opened the scoring on three minutes when Shane O’Donovan from a Mark Fives pass beat Odhrán Ó hUallachain for an early goal.
The Gaeltacht men opened their account on four minutes when Cory Dé Róiste converted a ’45 following Stephen Enright’s save from Liam Ó Lonáin.
Ferdia Ó hAodha and Mark Ferncombe swapped points before Lorcán Ó Corraoin cut in from the stand side of the field to blast past Stephen Enright for a well-taken goal.
Shane O’Donovan and Mark Ferncombe followed up with points for Ballinacourty but An Rinn finished strong as Liam Ó Lonáin, Lorcan Ó Corraoin as well as Shane and Fergal Ó Cuirrin added points to give them a 1-6 to 1-3 lead at the break.
The third quarter proved to be an even affair as Patrick Hurney Mark Ferncombe and Cory De Róiste added scores.
Lorcan Ó Corraoin added a point before Patrick Hurney hit two in a row. Cory De Róiste put over a free on 51 minutes but it was followed by three in a row from Patrick Hurney to give his side a 1-10 to 1-9 lead with two minutes remaining.
Ballinacourty could have added a second goal on the hour mark but Shane O’Donovan saw his effort saved by Odhrán Ó hUallachain.
But there was still time for drama as at the end of the first minute added minute, Tadhg Ó Currín was fouled and Cory De Róiste made no mistake from the resulting free.
Ballinacourty: Stephen Enright; Diarmuid Henley, Eoin Bergin, Conor McCarthy; David Collins, Seán O’Hare, Richie Foley; Conor Prunty, James O’Mahony; John Hurney, Mark Fives, Patrick Hurney; Shane O’Donovan, Mark Ferncombe, Michael Maher.
Substitute: Evan Collins for Richie Foley (48 mins).
Scorers: Patrick Hurney (0-6; 0-4f), Shane O’Donovan (1-1) and Mark Ferncombe (0-3).
An Rinn: Odhrán Ó hUallachain; Cillian Ó Murchadha, Shane Ó Cuirrín, Darach Ó Cathasaigh; Deaglán Ó hArtaigh, Eoghan Breathnach, Tadhg Ó hUallachain; Ferdia Ó hAodha, Ray Ó Ceallaigh; Lorcán Ó Corraoin, Domhnall Ó Murchadha, Jamie De Barún; Ferghal Ó Cuirrín, Liam Ó Lonáin, Corey De Róiste.
Substitutes: Padraig Ó Murchadha for Domhnall Ó Murchadha (56 mins) and Conor Ó Cuirrín for Jamie De Barún (58).
Scorers: Lorcán Ó Corraoin (1-2), Cory De Róiste (0-4; 0-2f, 0-1 ’45), Ferdia Ó hAodha, Liam Ó Lonáin, Shane Ó Cuirrín and Fergal Ó Cuirrín (0-1 each).
Referee: Pat Casey (Affane).