Premier INtermediate Quarter Final Hill v Fr O' neills   16/09/2019

Hard luck to our Intermediates in today’s Championship game. 

Dalton stars with 1-10 as Fr O’Neills progress to PIHC SF.
Fr O’Neills have sealed their place in the semi finals of the Premier Intermediate Hurling championship. They defeated Watergrasshill on a score of 1-21-1-14. A blistering start to the second secured victory outscoring the hill 1-7-0-3 in that period. Full forward Deccie Dalton was in fine form contributing a massive 1-4 of the 1-7.

Watergrasshill raced off the line scoring three of the first four scores of the encounter. Cork u20 star Shane Og O’Regan got a great start to the game scoring 0-2 in the opening seven minutes while also creating a huge goal scoring opportunity from a superb sideline however Colin Sloane cleared the ball brilliantly. Eoin Conway scored Fr O’Neills first score of the game after six minutes of play after keeper Darragh O’Callaghan dropped the ball which Conway capitalized on.

The side in green and red came into the game over the next fifteen minutes of play scoring five out of the next six scores. Dalton was immaculate from frees scoring 0-3 while Rob Cullinane and Conway also added one each. O’Neills also had a huge opportunity for a goal after Billy Dunne’s shot rocketed off the post and landed in front of the Watergrasshill goal however Pa Cronin was the first man there to clear.

The teams traded scores in the final five minutes of the first half, with both scoring 0-3 each. Kevin O’Sullivan and Mark O’Keeffe both got their opening scores of the game while Dalton got his first from play.

At half time Fr O’Neills led 0-9-0-7. O’Neills had an abundance of chances in the first half, registering nine wides to Watergrasshills four and having a further two saved by Hill and Imokilly goalkeeper Darragh O’Callaghan. Despite this they went in at the break with a two point lead.

The crucial third quarter was well and truly dominated by the side in red and green. Fr O’Neills outscored the Hill 1-7-0-3 to race into a nine point lead. Dalton was unplayable scoring 1-4, the goal coming from the penalty spot after thirty seven minutes. Conway, Dunne and Joe Millerick put over the other three scores for O’Neills. Notably, Fr O’Neills accuracy improved drastically only putting one shot wide in the opening phase. However, the Hill didn’t lie down scoring a superb goal through centre forward Sean O’Callaghan to breath new life into the game.

However, it wasn’t enough for Fr O’Neills as O’Neills showed their experience to close out the game in a very even final quarter. Dunne, McMahon, Dalton and John Millerick got on the score sheet for Fr O’Neills while Shane O’Regan added a further three points to his tally and James McCarthy notched his first.

Similar to their game against Fermoy last time, an unbelievable second half performance won Fr O’Neills the game. Declan Dalton stood out with 1-10 while Eoin Conway also performed well scoring 0-3. Next up, for O’Neills is Blarney in the semi finals. It finished in Clonmult memorial park Fr O’Neills 1-21-1-14 Watergrasshill.

Fr O’Neills scorers; Dalton 1-10(0-8f 1-0p), Eoin Conway 0-3, Billy Dunne 0-2, Rob Cullinane 0-1, Mark O’Keeffe 0-1, Paudie McMahon 0-1, John Millerick 0-1, Joe Millerick 0-1, Kevin O’Sullivan 0-1.

Watergrasshill scorers; Shane O’Regan 0-9(0-9f) Sean O’Callaghan 1-1, Shane O’Regan Og 0-3, James McCarthy 0-1.


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