Crossabeg-Ballymurn cruise into semi-final
Crossabeg-Ballymurn issued Réalt na Mara with a lesson on Saturday in the Joyce's Expert Intermediate 'A' football championship quarter-final. The white and green starls will now progress onto the last four after their comprehensive win which saw them end with a scoring tally nearly triple that of their opponents.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn 1-17 Réalt na Mara 0-7
Crossabeg-Ballymurn seemed the superior team throughout with Cormac O'Rourke, Niall Murphy and Barry Murphy keeping the waving hands of the umpires busy for the entire game.
Jack Hobbs, Patrick Naughter and John Doyle were the only Ballygarrett men to do the same at the opposite end of the pitch during the first-half, and this lack of scoring allowed Crossabeg-Ballymurn breathing space to gain a convincing five-point lead at half-time.
Réalt na Mara netminder Shane Quinn played a crucial part throughout, denying Cormac O'Rourke his second goal with a fantastic penalty save. O'Rourke did find the back of his net however, and although opportunities arose throughout the second period, Ballygarrett failed to do anything worthwhile with their chances.
O'Rourke continued to break their hearts in the second-half but Cormac Moore did managed to add his name to the tally before Jimmy Murphy did likewise.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn showed no signs of fatigue, and their strong forward Barry Murphy added numerous points whilst Niall Murphy and Sam Kelly followed suit which ended their scoring and Ballygarrett's football campaign.
Crossing-Ballymurn: Ben Turner; Martin Redmond, Eoin McDonald, Matthew Sludds; Ronan Deveruex, Conor Devereux, Seamus Carroll; Paddy Devereux, Pádraig Foley (0-1); Oisín Foley, Bill Eviston, Niall Murphy (0-4, 1 free); Paul Walsh, Barry Murphy (0-4), Cormac O'Rourke (1-5, 0-2 frees). Subs. - T.J. Parle for R. Devereux, Conor Shovlin for Eviston, Sam Kelly (0-3) for Walsh, Billy Roche for O'Rourke, Alan Byrne for Sludds.
Réalt na Mara: Shane Quinn; Fergus Lacey, Eddie Redmond, Tom Sinnott; Eoin Corcoran, Darren Morris, Colm Cosgrave; John Doyle, Stephen Redmond; Jack Hobbs (0-1), Michael Kinsella, Cormac Moore (0-1); Jack Doyle (0-1), Patrick Naughter (0-3 frees), Dylan Sweeney. Subs. - Seamus Dempsey for Kinsella, Cathal Dunbar for Jack Doyle, Seán O'Brien for Lacey, Jimmy Murphy (0-1) for Sinnott, Eddie Doyle for Sweeney.
Referee: John Diskin (Bannow-Ballymitty).