Youghal got their first win in this league campaign courtesy of a comfortable victory against Mallow. Again short a number of regulars, the selectors continued to give valuable experience to a number of younger players, who in turn are measuring up very well to the standard required.
Playing with the wind, Mallow opened brightly with some early points. However, Youghal gradually worked their way into the game & dominated exchanges for long stretches. However, they found scores hard to come by. The scores at half-time were Youghal 0-6 Mallow 0-7.
Changes at half-time saw Pa O'Mahony replaced the injured Ed Flavin & Bill Cooper moving to full forward. These moves had the desired effect. Bill had an early close range goal & shortly afterwards Pa set Bill up for another great goal. Youghal continued to hold this lead for the remainder of the half before Brett Maloney raced through for 1-1 in the closing stages to seal the win.
A satisfactory result but the performance will need to be stepped up further over the coming weeks when greater tests will await this team. Brendan O'Sullivan had an excellent game at corner back, while the half-back line was very strong all through. Bill Cooper & Brett Maloney got some great scores up front but generally point-scoring from play needs to be improved upon.
Eochaill Team: Eoin Coleman, Ml Cronin, John Grace, Brendan O'Sullivan, Conor Spillane, Brendan Coleman, Barry Ring, Nigel Roche, Damien Ring, Brett Maloney, Bill Cooper, Rich Cunningham, James O'Mahony, Ed Flavin, Andrew Curtin. Subs used: Pa O'Mahony, Shane Spillane & Keith McCarthy