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Cappawhite prove too strong for Cashel in damp squib of a replay

After the drama and excitement of the drawn game, the replay of the SHC game between Cappawhite and Cashel at Dundrum on Sunday evening turned out to be a damp squib

After the drama and excitement of the drawn game, the replay of the SHC game between Cappawhite and Cashel at Dundrum on Sunday evening turned out to be a damp squib

In a nutshell it seemed Cappawhite dominated from the start and Cashel King Cormacs failed to turn up.

From the throw-in Cappawhite scored a steady stream of points and by half-time they had eleven on the scoreboard, five of them from placed balls by Ger O’Neill.

Cashel scored 1-4 during the same period. The goal came in the twenty-seventh minute when a Jonathan Grogan free was blocked out into the path of Daragh O’Brien, who finished it to the Cappawhite net to give the Cashel challenge more respectability at the interval.

A quick start was what Cashel needed after the interval and they got it with a lightning point by Simon Delaney on the throw-in. But then, almost immediately, the same player hit a free straight into the hand of the unmarked Jim Carr, who delivered it all the way to the Cashel net from about ninety metres.

This knocked the stuffing out of Cashel and all they scored during the rest of the half were two points.

Cappawhite took over and dominated the game in all aspects. There was another goal in the sixth minute from Ger O’Neill and the game continued in a one-sided way to the end, which came as a welcome relief to everyone involved. By that stage Cappawhite had a score of 2-20 on the board, while Cashel registered just 1-7.

To single out Cappawhite players would be unfair to those not mentioned since they all seemed to contribute well to a facile victory. On the other hand no Cashel player added to his reputation.

Cappawhite: Franny Quinn, Noel Ryan, Thomas Costello, Ger Ryan (P), Ross Dunne, John McGrath, Cathal McCarthy, Kevin Stapleton, Jim Carr (1-2), Michael O’Neill (0-1), Paul Fitzgerald (0-1), Donagh Heffernan (0-2), Timmy Cranley (0-1), Gerry O’Neill (1-8), Darragh Barry (0-4). Subs: Russell Quirke (0-1) for Donagh Heffernan, Donel O’Neill for Ger Ryan (P), Eanna Heffernan for Paul Fitzgerlad, David Orr for Timmy Cranley.

Cashel King Cormacs: Owen Quirke, Kevin O’Leary, Simon Delaney (0-1), Paddy Morrissey, James Cummins, John Darmody, Ross Doyle, Michael K. O’Dwyer, Lee Burke, Dylan Fitzel (0-1), Niall Fitzgerald, Janathan Walsh, Jonathan Grogan (0-4), Michael Coleman, Daragh O’Brien (1-1). Subs: Eoin Laffan for Dylan Fitzel, David Shields for Niall Fitzgerald, Cormac Ryan for Ross Doyle, Tony Hewitt for Paddy Morrissey.

Referee: Sean Bradshaw (Kickhams)

P.S. Cappawhite’s victory qualified them for the final place in the semi-finals of the championship, in which they joined Clonoulty-Rossmore, Eire Óg and Kickhams. The draw was made on Sunday evening at Dundrum and resulted in Eire Óg v Cappawhite and Clonoulty-Rossmore v Kickhams. No date has been fixed for the games.

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