By Ian Cusack (Courtesy of www.irishexaminer.ie)
Adrigole 0-13 Youghal 1-7
Late points from Kevin O’Sullivan and Brendan Jer O’Sullivan swung this tense Cork IFC quarter-final replay in favour of Adrigole in Carrigadrohid on Saturday.
From three previous meetings this season both sides had one victory as well as a draw, reflecting just how evenly matched the teams are.
Brendan Jer O’Sullivan spearheaded the assault for the winners, kicking five points from play, with Kevin Goggin and Kevin O’Sullivan also producing fine scores.
The pattern for the first half was set inside the opening minute as Brendan O’Sullivan won possession from the throw-in and pumped a long ball toward the Youghal goal. Gerard Green was fouled after winning possession and Kevin O’Sullivan converted the resultant free to open the Adrigole account.
Youghal responded through Alan Frahill-O’Connor but their opponents began to take a grip on midfield and Youghal paid the price for poor discipline with Kevin O’Sullivan and Kevin Goggin pointing from frees either side of a brilliant LiamHarrington strike.
James O’Mahony looked lively for Youghal who clawed back a score through a Frahill-O’Connor free. Excellent scores in quick succession from Kevin Goggin and Brendan Jer O’Sullivan opened up a five-point lead.
Just as Adrigole threatened to pull away Youghal conjured a goal out of nothing. Frahill-O’Connor beat Paul O’Driscoll down the left wing before squaring the ball to Barry Ring, who tapped into the net.
Scores from Kevin Goggin and Kevin O’Sullivan were followed by a Frahill-O’Connor free to leave Adrigole 0-9 to 1-4 ahead at half time.
Both sides squandered goal chances early in the second half before Brendan Ring reduced the gap to a point on 36 minutes.
The East Cork side looked favourites to push on and win when Frahill-O’Connor equalised with quarter-of-an-hour remaining. Having absorbed so much pressure in defence Adrigole edged in front with a brilliant Kevin O’Sullivan strike followed by two sublime Brendan Jer O’Sullivan efforts as Youghal were left scrambling for a late goal which never came.
Scorers for Adrigole: BJ O’Sullivan 0-5, K O’Sullivan 0-4 (4f), K Goggin 0-3 (1f), L Harrington 0-1.
Scorers for Youghal: Barry Ring 1-0, Brendan Ring 0-3 (2f), A Frahill-O’Connor 0-3 (1f), B Goggin 0-1.
ADRIGOLE: W O’Sullivan; M O’Neill; T O’Shea; C O’Shea; L Harrington; D Carey; K O’Sullivan; B Goggin; S O’Shea; K Goggin; S O’Shea; BJ O’Sullivan; K O’Sullivan; G Green; T O’Sullivan; D Harrington.
Subs: Barry Goggin for Carey (42), S O’Sullivan for Green (54).
YOUGHAL: P Mackey; A O’Sullivan; P O’Driscoll, A Kenny; B King; J Grace; D Ring; J O’Mahony; C Spillane; N Roche; B Goggin; P Kelly; A Daly; A Frahill-O’Connor; B Ring.
Subs: B Coleman for Kelly (44), D O’Mahony for Daly (56).
Referee: Donal Shorten (St Mary’s).