Vaughan inspires Ive­leary to bridge 30 year gap

The Corkman - - SPORT -

THE famine is over for Ive­leary on re­gain­ing a hold of the Ross Oil Mid Cork JAFC ti­tle at the ex­pense of a gallant In­nis­carra in the pres­ence of a large at­ten­dance at Cill na Mar­tra last Sun­day.

Their pre­vi­ous ti­tle dated back to 1985 and dur­ing the in­ter­ven­ing years, they were so many dis­ap­point­ments and false dawns thus on this oc­ca­sion, the Inchigeela based side had clearly the hunger and de­sire to land Muskerry’s big­gest prize.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides was Ive­leary’s main tal­is­man, Cathal Vaughan, his preda­tory in­stincts came to promi­nence on of­fer­ing a les­son in amass­ing a 0-9 tally from play, frees and side­line balls.

No­body could ques­tion In­nis­carra’s workrate, re­solve or re­silience yet a younger side found it dif­fi­cult to dis­lodge the driv­ing force of Ive­leary and par­tic­u­larly the match the scor­ing ex­ploits of Vaughan. De­spite in­ces­sant rain prior to the start of the pro­ceed­ings, the ground held up re­mark­ably well and con­trib­uted to en­ter­tain­ing pas­sages of football.

In­nis­carra had opened brightly, Tomás O’Con­nor point­ing in­side 30 sec­onds. A breeze as­sisted Ive­leary set­tled and carved out the open­ings for Brian Cronin and Vaughan to register points.

In­nis­carra an­swered and re­ceived a tonic boost in the 8th min., the en­ter­pris­ing O’Con­nor showed pace and cen­tred for full for­ward Dan O’Con­nell to flick home the game’s lone goal and a brief lead. Ive­leary re­cov­ered from the set­back, de­nied by the up­right, Finbarr McSweeney did point to force par­ity.

The ini­tia­tive re­mained with Ive­leary, op­er­at­ing with a higher rate of in­ten­sity from the com­mand­ing pres­ence of Barry Mur­phy, Cal McCarthy and Ger O’Rior­dan in de­fence, the graft­ing play of Seán and Barry O’Leary at mid­field.

Up­front, Brian Cronin and Chris Óg Jones main­tained a high work ethic, Vaughan ever ac­cu­rate from placed balls. In­nis­carra did at­tempt to re­act, wing back Paul Farmer pointed yet Vaughan showed his class to des­patch might ef­forts from the left side­line be­tween the up­rights for Ive­leary en­joy as 0-10 to 1-2 ad­van­tage at the break.

In­nis­carra re­sumed with the back­ing of the breeze and of­fered more ur­gency from the en­cour­ag­ing for­ays of Farmer, John O’Cal­laghan, Alan Shee­han and Liam Collins.

A pair of pointed frees from O’Con­nor and Seán O’Donoughue of­fered signs of an im­prove­ment only for Vaughan to an­swer for Ive­leary. In­nis­carra lost midfielder Conor Buck­ley to a black card as the scor­ing dried up, Ive­leary ahead, 0-11 to 1-4 at the 3/4 mark. With both sides miss­ing a se­ries of op­por­tu­ni­ties, Ive­leary ended a baren run, Brian Cronin picked up pos­ses­sion from a Vaughan 45 to split the posts.

Again In­nis­carra at­tempted to haul them­selves back into the hunt, O’Con­nor pointed a free. Still Ive­leary held the bet­ter stay­ing power, Vaughan added to his tally though the man of match did blot his copy with the last kick of the game, Jones grounded only for Vaughan to shoot the re­sul­tant penalty wide of the mark.

The full-time whis­tle sounded, the red and white brigade of faith­ful Ive­leary sup­port­ers stormed onto the Pairc Uí Chauna pitch to salute the wor­thy 2015 Muskerry cham­pi­ons.

Ive­leary thrilled to re­gain a hold of the Ross Oil Muskerry JAFC ti­tle fol­low­ing their vic­tory over In­nis­carra at Cill na Mar­tra Photo by John Tar­rant

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