Bal­ly­desmond and Mill­street meet in back door clash

The Corkman - - SPORT -

A SEC­OND throw of the dice brings Bal­ly­desmond and Mill­street to Kiskeam on Fri­day evening for a round 2 en­gage­ment to the County IFC.

Both sides had cause foe rue­ful re­flec­tion af­ter open­ing round de­feats to Kan­turk and Glenville. Cham­pi­onship babes Mill­street en­tered this cam­paign as 2014 co. JAFC cham­pi­ons yet they en­dured a tough bap­tism of fire on a de­feat to a sharper Glenville.

At key stages, the vic­tors dom­i­nated and pos­sessed more zip in their game to land the spoils.

Credit Mill­street on of­fer­ing plenty of spirit and re­solve, re­cov­er­ing from a 0-7 to 0-1 deficit to come within a point of their op­po­nents twice in the sec­ond half. In­deed Mill­street passed up on goal­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter the break yet in­con­sis­tency proved to be their down­fall.

Team wise, Mill­street will look to the guid­ance of Pa­trick Cole­man, Michael Vaughan, Tadhg Collins, Mark El­lis, Paul Shee­han and Michael Mur­phy. Their hopes are dimmed by in­jury to Kevin Crow­ley and team cap­tain Brian Shea­han is again un­likely to start.

Over re­cent years, Bal­ly­desmond have re­served their best foot­ball for this cham­pi­onship. De­feated by Kin­sale in round 1 last sea­son, Bal­ly­desmond en­joyed a promis­ing run to over­come Cill na Mar­tra be­fore suc­cumb­ing to May­field in a re­play.

Against Kan­turk to this cam­paign, Bal­ly­desmond had their fan­cied op­po­nents on the ropes dur­ing the closing ex­changes and came ever so close to pulling the game out of the fire. Cen­tral to Bal­ly­desmond’s charge was a pow­er­ful per­for­mance at mid­field by Ber­tie O’Cal­laghan whose fetch­ing abil­ity and gen­eral workrate trans­ferred onto col­leagues such as John O’Ke­effe, Liam and Shaun Mur­phy in de­fence in ad­di­tion to Jerry Healy, Ai­dan and Niall Flem­ing ef­fec­tive up­front.

Of course, in­ter county player Don­nacha O’Con­nor missed out for the open­ing round and his avail­abil­ity is again in doubt. Still Bal­ly­desmond can take many pos­i­tives from the dis­play against Kan­turk yet they came away empty handed.

Nei­ther Mill­street nor Bal­ly­desmond are ex­pected to op­er­ate at full strength. That said, there were en­cour­ag­ing signs for both sides from their pre­vi­ous out­ings.

Com­pet­i­tive tus­sles be­tween the pair have been few yet a close con­test is pre­dicted. Still Bal­ly­desmond will fancy their chances, that comes on the ba­sis of ex­pe­ri­ence and some note­wor­thy per­for­mances in the grade since their el­e­va­tion to in­ter­me­di­ate ranks in 2008.

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