Glanmire 1-12 Youghal 1-10.
If medals were handed out for gallantry in football then this team would have them in abundance, but unfortunately there are no such accolades in this sphere. Playing with a strong wind in the first half in a splendidly prepared pitch in Ballinacurra last Saturday night, in the second round of the Intermediate Football Championship, Youghal found themselves in big trouble when the clock ticked into injury time at the end of the first half, when they trailed by 1-07 to 0-04, but deep into injury time they were handed a lifeline when the very industrious Ronan Walsh crashed home a great goal to leave the half time score 1-07 to 1-04. The main talking points in that first half were the opening score for Youghal's Conor O'Sullivan inside the first minute but this was followed by a point for Glanmire and then an opportunist fisted goal for the opposition in the 3rd minute, when Shane Spillane was caught off his line in attempting to get to a long delivery. This was a serious setback and worse was to follow when Brendan Coleman received a black card for a shoulder on his marker just as he kicked the ball. It was a typical example of how harsh a black card can be on the outcome of a game for such an innocuous incident when a team can loose such an experienced and influential player so early in a game. Glanmire were in full flight against that strong wind and two superb saves from their goalkeeper Brendan O'Connell, coupled with a majestic display of fielding from former Cork senior Michael Cussen and some delightful scores from former Cork minor Daniel Molden at midfield who scored 0-8 over the hour gave them a deserved lead at half time and turning over to play with the elements in the second period, things looked ominous for the Youghal lads. Paul Moylan 2 frees and Micheal O' Laochdha getting the other Youghal scores.
Just as they did against Adrigole, Youghal came out with renowned vigour for the second half, and after prolonged pressure in the first 7 minutes they kicked 5 bad wides, and it was left to Glanmire to open the scoring after 9 minutes with a point. They added 3 more before Paul Moylan stemmed the tide with a pointed free, followed by another by Barry Goggin and then one for Glanmire left the score midway through the half 1-12 to 1-06 and Glanmire looking good. Then the comeback came out of nowhere. Nigel Roche proved to all and sundry that he must go down in the annals of Youghal Gaa as one of the all time greats to wear the maroon and gold jersey in either hurling or football with an incredible courageous display, along with superb defending from minor Matthew Farrell and two outstanding displays from brothers Ross and Leigh Desmond when they were introduced saw Youghal kick 4 points in a row, and Rory Walsh was unlucky not to get his second goal to give Youghal the lead when he hit the post. Time ran out however and Youghal must now await the draw for the third round for their last chance to stay in the championship.
Team; S Spillane, P O Mahoney, P O Driscoll, M Farrell, A Kenny, M Cronin, B Goggin, C O Sullivan, N Roche, R Walsh, B Coleman, P Kelly, P Moylan, M O Laochdha, Adrian Curtin. Subs used; L Desmond, R Desmond.