Mal­low miss out on quar­ter-fi­nal berth to Ballincol­lig

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Ballincol­lig 0-23 Mal­low 2-11

BALLINCOL­LIG ad­vanced to the quar­ter fi­nals of the Un­der 21 Premier 2 HC af­ter they de­feated a res­o­lute Mal­low side at Mourne­abbey on Satur­day.

Fol­low­ing a lively open­ing half Ballincol­lig shaded mat­ters with Paul Cooney in splen­did form fin­ish­ing with a per­sonal tally of 0-15 while Paul Lyons was Mal­low’s top marks­man ac­count­ing for 1-9. At the break Ballincol­lig held a 0-10 to 0-6 lead.

On the changeover the win­ners gained an early foothold that helped them surge into a 0-13 to 0-7 lead. Mal­low re­grouped very well from here Paul Lyons reeled off three points in quick suc­ces­sion be­fore great play by Char­lie Car­roll re­sulted in Tom Duig­nan bil­low­ing the net to force level at 0-14 to 1-11.

Try as they might Mal­low were un­able to get ahead in this half with Ballincol­lig find­ing scores eas­ier to come by. Mal­low were dealt a blow in the last quar­ter when they were re­duced to four­teen play­ers. Fur­ther pres­sure by the Mid Cork side saw them move 0-18 to 1-11 clear as the fi­nal whis­tle ap­proached.

Mal­low, who were nar­rowly beaten by Erins Own in their open­ing game, re­fused to give in.

The im­pres­sive Paul Lyons had their sec­ond goal late in the game but time was not on their side with Ballincol­lig adding late points by Sean Walsh and Paul Cooney to emerge vic­tors by a six-point mar­gin.

J Line­han, R O’Dono­van 0-1, J O’Leary, C Con­nery, F Denny, J Mur­ray, G O’Donoghue, K Walsh, R Burke, S Wil­lis 0-1, K Spil­lane, P Cooney 0-15 (13f, 1 ‘65’), S Mur­phy 0-1, S Walsh 0-4, L Fahy 0-1 Subs: C O’Leary for S Mur­phy, E Cooke for K Spil­lane

MAL­LOW: A Cremin, E Mur­phy, J Healy, R Shee­han 0-1, C O’Driscoll, D Moyni­han, P Hen­nessy, P Lyons 1-9 (0-6f, 0-1 ‘65), K Mills, S Buck­ley, D Buck­ley, C Car­roll, E Mur­phy, S O’Cal­laghan 0-1, T Duig­nan 1-0 Sub: S O’Flynn for D Buck­ley

REF­EREE: N O’Neill (Mi­dle­ton)

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