May 27, 2017

The Muskerry JAHC got underway last weekend, which saw defending champions Ballinora defeat Éire Óg in the opening round, 1-17 to 1-9. Ballinora are defending the crown for the time since 1997, and despite missing a few key players from last year, it was a satisfactory performance. The teams were level at 0-3 each after the first quarter, until Éire Óg struck for a goal. Daniel O’ Connor was fouled for a penalty, Tim O’ Leary saw his penalty saved by the Ballinora goalkeeper, but the ball fell nicely for Liam Murphy to tap the ball into the net. Ballinora tacked on three late points in the first half to go in level at half-time , 0-6 to 1-3.

The 2016 champions pushed 0-15 to 1-7 ahead with seven minutes remaining, but Éire Óg could have reduced that deficit if it wasn’t for some wayward shooting. Ballinora ensured victory late on with a well worked goal, as David Howard scored from close range. Ballinora progress, Éire Óg will meet Donoughmore or Kilmichael in the backdoor.

The action continues in the JAHC this weekend with two further games from Round 1 taking place on Sunday. First up at 3pm in Cloughduv, Blarney collide with Iveleary. Blarney beaten finalists in 2015 and 2016 will be looking to the likes of Danny Cronin, Michael John-Shine and Conor Forde. Iveleary, have had two noteworthy wins in the league recently over Kilmichael and Éire Óg, with confidence in no shortage. David Dineen, James O’ Leary and Ciaran O’ Riordan are all key players for the Inchigeelagh side. On the basis that Blarney have kept the core of last year’s team intact, they will start as slight favourites.

The second game on Sunday sees 2015 champions Cloughduv face Ballincollig at 7pm in Blarney. Cloughduv who bowed out at the semi-final stage last year, are under new management this campaign. They have won six out of six in the league, with the highly rated Joe Ryan spearheading the attack. Liam Long and Donal Corkery are vital in defence. Ballincollig also with a 100% record after five games in the league shouldn’t be underestimated, with Peter O’ Neill and Mark Prendergast in their ranks. If Cloughduv can fire on all cylinders, they should prevail.

Finally, congratulations to Blarney’s Mark Coleman on a magnificent performance for the Cork senior hurlers in a stunning victory over Tipperary at Thurles last Sunday in the Munster Q-Final.

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