Sean MacCumhaill’s came from a point down to post a useful five-point win at Páirc Taobhoige against neighbours Glenfin.
Sean MacCumhaill’s 0-13
The side managed by Brendan Dunleavy, who last season reached the quarter-finals of the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC, set off on the right foot in this year’s competition.
Their hosts were certainly a match in the first half and indeed 15 into the second, only to crumble the longer the match went on.
Ultimately, it was a comfortable victory for the side from the Twin Towns, with Stephen Mulligan’s peach of a score from a sideline ball, which put the visitors 0-8 to 0-7 up, the stand-out moment.
Mulligan scored his team’s first two scores from impressive 45s, which got Sean MacCumhaill’s 0-2 to 0-1 up after Ciaran Moy’s opener for Glenfin.
Glenfin appeared to be clicking into gear with three points between the ninth and 11th with Stephen McGlynn, Moy and Gerard Ward all finding their range.
Marty O’Reilly and Eoin Wright then levelled the scores at 0-2 apiece and the tit-for-tat nature of the contest continued when O’Reilly and Ward traded scores for their respective sides.
When Ward pointed right at the tail of the half, Glenfin’s support were content enough to see their local outfit sneak in leading by the minimum, 0-6 to 0-5 ahead.
The margins remained thin under the dusking skies of Ballybotemple.
Ward’s fourth point of the evening saw Glenfin squeeze their advantage out to 0-7 to 0-5 and the chances of a home win seemed to be the slightly shorter odds.
Mulligan did pull one back but Stephen McDermott, the Glenfin full-forward, put his team 0-8 to 0-6 ahead on 36 minutes. However, despite things seemingly moving relatively positively for Glenfin, it was to prove their last score as the initiative was surrendered from then on.
Brendan McLaughlin and O’Reilly managed to tie up the scores at 0-8 apiece.
Glenfin, who were protecting the scoring zone reasonably impressively to that point, were losing their way.
Mulligan’s sideline was the best score all evening.
With MacCumhaill’s cleaning up everything around the middle of the field. they tagged over four points in the last 10 minutes.
Shaun McGowan and Steven O’Reilly were joined on the scoresheet by Mulligan and Marty O’Reilly.
Glenfin: A Walsh; F McGlynn, R Gallagher, J Harkin; G Dorrian, D McGlynn, M McGinty Jnr; M McGlynn, P Costello; C Ward, G Ward (0-4, 2f), S McGlynn (0-1); C Moy (0-2), S McDermott (0-1), J Morrow. Subs: D Herron for Harkin (41), K McGlynn for McGinty Jnr (47), M Martin for S McGlynn (53), G McDermott for Costello (56), C Ward for Morrow (60).
Sean MacCumhaill’s: E Gallen; E Wright (0-1), M Gallagher, J Dunnion; S McGowan (0-1), G Dunnion, A McCloskey; P McNulty, S O’Reilly (0-1); S Mulligan (0-5, 2 45s, 1f, 1 sideline), M O’Reilly (0-4, 2f), S Duffy; B McLaughlin (0-1), A Kelly, R Dunleavy. Sub: G Grindle for G Dunnion (45).
Referee: Robbie O’Donnell (Naomh Muire).
Glenfin posted a home win in the Senior Reserve Championship against neighbours MacCumhaills.
Ronan Carlin and Luke Keane scored wo goals apiece, while Bernard McGeehin netted for the visitors.
Glenfin: R Dorrian; D Harkin, F McGlinchey, M Temple; S Foy, L Donnellan, M O’Donnell; S Ward, M Campbell; J Marley, R Carlin (2-1), L Keane (2-0); C McBride (0-2, 2f), C Foy (0-1), D Doherty.Subs: K Doherty, B Foy, E O’Donnell, E McGlynn.
MacCumhaills: C Patton; C McCafferty, S McGinty, D McDaid; G Doherty, B Heeney, M O’Sullivan; M Laverty, R Duffy; M Duignan, B Patton (0-4, 3f), M Lynch (0-1); P Clohessy, A Patton, B McGeehan (1-1). Subs: M Patton, N Gavigan, C Muldoon.