The draw was the perfect result
A DRAW was the perfect result after Ballydesmond and Mitchelstown served up a terrific Intermediate Football C Round 4 championship tie in Mallow on Saturday night.
For Ballydesmond, Donncha O’Connor was the star man, with Donal O’Connor and Brendan Fleming also impressing.
For Mitchelstown, Shane Beston gave another five-star display, with Cathal O’Mahony and James Sheehan also showing their worth.
Sheehan’s tally of seven points was just one shy of the Ballydesmond talisman’s eight scores. Mitchelstown’s Sheehan was first to raise a white flag. However, this was quickly cancelled out by the ever-reliable Donncha O’Connor. Ballydesmond were dealt an early blow when corner back Tim Howard had to be carried from the pitch, but they stayed with their opponents till the quarter hour mark as the teams shared six points.
Mitchelstown had a period of dominance for the next 10 minutes, bagging another point from Sheehan, and a brilliant team goal which was finished to the net by the classy Beston.
Ballydesmond stuck to their task and managed to get Donncha O’Connor on the ball to score three of their next four points, which brought the men in blue back to within two, as the sides headed for the tunnel (1-6 to 0-7).
Ballydesmond took control of the game after the restart and managed to get back to parity by the 42nd minute, before taking the lead for the first time just shy of the threequarter mark. A goal from Shane Kelly soon after looked to have sealed this one for the Duhallow men. However, Ballydesmond retreated into their own half, and Mitchelstown battled back with four late points to level this one up in extra time and set up a welldeserved replay.