By Derek Kiely
Evening Echo Intermediate Football Championship
YOUGHAL progressed in some style last Saturday in the Evening Echo Intermediate Football Championship with a dominating second half performance in a much deserved victory over Glanmire in Rostellan.
Youghal got the dream start to this match, when Dave O’Mahony who was raining in on the Glanmire goal was tripped in the square by the Glanmire corner back Anthony Garvey in the third minute and referee James Dorgan signalled a penealty.
Paul Moylan stepped up to take the penealty for Youghal, sending Brendan O’Connell the wrong way in the Glanmire goal giving Youghal the early goal advantage.
Youghal playing with the elements in the opening half, struck again on the fifth minute when Ken Dempsey sent over a point from play from 50 meters out.
Then Glanmire got into their stride with three unanswered points in a five minute period all off the boot of James Murphy, one from play and two from placed balls, then Nigel Roche of Youghal had a score from the right wing on the 13th minute to give Youghal the two point advantage.
Glanmire’s Michael Cussen dominated a lot of ball in the opening quarter and was setting up some good attacks, but Glanmire were failing in the shooting department and Youghal who were slightly starved of possession took advantage of a break out of defence on the 17th minute when John Grace scored a beautiful point from play and Youghal had the goal lead again.
Murphy pointed from a free on the 23rd minute for Glanmire, but the last score of the first half came off the boot of Paul Moylan on the 30th minute to send Youghal into the half time break with a three point advantage.
The first half may have been a tight enough affair, but the second half was completely dominated by Youghal.
Moylan pointed from a placed ball on the 34th minute and when the very impressive Nigel Roche pointed from play seconds later Youghal had a five point advantage.
Glanmire simply couldn’t get the ball in the opening quarter of the second half and when Roche picked up the ball 30 meters out on the 37th minute he carved through the Glanmire defence and buried the ball into the top right hand corner of the Glanmire net and as a contest this championship game was over.
Moylan and Roche added further points to give Youghal a ten point advantage with just fifteen minutes remaining.
It took Glanmire 18 minutes to register a score in the second half when Daniel Molden pointed from play.
With a significant breeze at their backs in the second half Glanmire failed to take advantage of the elements and the Youghal full back line of Brendan O’Sullivan, Paul O’Driscoll and Alan Fox were impassable and Glanmire were restricted to long range efforts, with Michael Cussen sending one over on the 50th minute from 50 meters out.
Youghal’s response was impressive as they moved the ball back up the field eventually drawing a foul 13 meters out.
Paul Moylan’s free hit the post and rebounded into his hands, the second time he took the option of shooting for goal and finished in style to give Youghal and eleven point lead on the 55th minute.
Glanmire did get two late consolation points, one from James Murphy and the other from second half substitute Jonathan O’Callaghan, but it was a very impressive display by the Youghal side who coped with everything that Glanmire threw at them and looked controlled throughout the entire 60 minutes.
Scorers for Youghal: P Moylan 2-3, N Roche 1-2, D O’Mahony, K Dempsey and J Grace 0-1 each.
Glanmire: J Murphy 0-5, M Cussen, J O’Callaghan and D Molden 0-1 each.
YOUGHAL: P Mackey; B O’Sullivan, P O’Driscoll, A Fox; Barry Ring (Cpt) J Grace, B Coleman; K Dempsey, D Ring; P Kelly, J O’Mahony, Brendan Ring; N Roche, D O’Mahony, P Moylan.
Subs: J Ormonde for P Moylan (55) S Twomey for B Coleman (56) C Spillane for B O’Sullivan (57)
GLANMIRE: B O’Connell; D O’Regan, K Sheehan, A Garvey; M Connolly, B Murphy, K Mulvihill; T Leahy, M Hopkins; B O’Sullivan, B O’Callaghan, J Murphy; K Kenneally, M Cussen, D Molden.
Subs: J O’Callaghan for M Hopkins (46) D O’Brien for B O’Callaghan (55)
Referee: James Dorgan (Nemo Rangers)