Cremin delivers late for Blarney
This Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship clash between Watergrasshill and Blarney was decided by the latter side’s quality in the last ten minutes, a calmly-taken goal by David Cremin the difference with five minutes remaining.
Neither team will feel they did themselves justice in this game, however, which was marred by seriously wayward shooting.
Blarney, whose Cork player Mark Coleman didn’t start due to a slight injury, began well with points from Shane Mulcahy and David Cremin, though they needed goalkeeper Conor Murphy to look sharp to deny Watergrasshill’s Aidan Foley soon afterwards.
The Hill were level on ten minutes thanks to Eoin Barry and Shane O’Regan (free), with the game swinging from end to end.
Both sides played a man spare at the back, and in Blarney’s case that was Joe Jordan, whose experience and reading of the game was invaluable at the heart of the defence.
In the other half, Watergrasshill’s defenders were sometimes guilty of over-elaboration in working the ball clear when full-forward Foley looked dangerous if he got early ball delivered to him.
Both sides hit some poor wides before Ray Murphy’s free nudged Blarney ahead on 16 minutes. By the 22nd minute, Watergrasshill were a point up thanks to Dylan McCarthy and Aidan Foley, but after a fusillade of wides from both teams, Murphy equalised with another Blarney free.
The impressive O’Regan pointed from the puck-out, however, to make it 0-5 to 0-4 for the Hill at the interval and plenty of room for improvement from both sides in the second half.
Another O’Regan free pushed Watergrasshill two ahead on the resumption, then the same player hit the score of the game with a long-range point.
Brian Hurley hit a fine point for Blarney but another O’Regan effort had Watergrasshill maintaining that threepoint lead, and exerting more control in the middle of the field thanks to Sean O’Callaghan and Denis O’Farrell’s industry. Both sides, however, continued to hit wides until Mulcahy’s point brought Blarney to within two points on 46 minutes.
As the final ten minutes arrived, Blarney sub Mark Cremin made it a one-point game with a fine score from the wing, but O’Regan pointed a 65 in response for Watergrasshill to lead 0-9 to 0-7.
Mark Cremin pointed a free and David Cremin added a point from play to level matters, and when Shane Mulcahy’s third point went over Blarney were ahead with six minutes left.
David Cremin then fastened onto a breaking ball and soloed through for that decisive goal. Hill sub Ben Halbert cut through soon afterwards but couldn’t get his shot away, and with that went his side’s chances of a result.
Scorers for Watergrasshill: S.O’Regan (0-3 frees, 0-1 65, 0-6); D. McCarthy, A. Foley and E. Barry (0-1 each).
Scorers for Blarney: D. Cremin (1-2); S. Mulcahy (0-3); R. Murphy (frees), M. Cremin (0-1 free)(0-2 each); B. Hurley, P. Philpott (0-1 each). WATERGRASSHILL: D. O’Callaghan, S. Field, A. Ricken, E. O’Reilly, P. Cronin, S. O’Callaghan, P. Regan, D. O’Farrell, K. O’Neill, J. McCarthy, S. O’Regan, D. McCarthy, E. Barry, A. Foley, J. Halbert. Subs: B. Halbert for Foley and A. Cronin (c) for McCarthy (both HT); W. Connolly for O’Farrell (55). BLARNEY: C. Murphy, D. Walsh (c), P. O’Leary, P. O’Connor, P. Philpott, J. Jordan, A. McEvoy, C. O’Mahony, B. Hurley, M. O’Leary, S. Sheedy, S. Lohan, S. Mulcahy, D. Cremin, R. Murphy. Subs: B. O’Connell for Sheedy (26); S. Crowley for O’Connell (HT); M. Cremin for R. Murphy (42); C. Murphy for O’Leary (50); K. Costello for D. Cremin (60). Referee: T. O’Donovan (Douglas). *Only one of the Watergrasshill subs was announced yesterday on the PA — not good enough for paying patrons
Blarney’s David Walsh has his shop blocked down by Watergrasshill’s John Halbert in yesterday’s Cork PIHC at Páirc Uí Rinn.