Fri. May 26th. S.H.C. Blackrock 2 – 14 V Bandon 1 – 15 @ Pairc Ui Rinn.
Lady Luck certainly smiled down on us on Friday evening at Pairc Ui Rinn because even though we played poorly we still managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Bandon did most of the running in the first half but must have been worried at half time when the scoreboard showed them ahead by a mere point. The half time score was Rockies 0 – 04, Bandon 1 – 02. The only score from play in the entire 30 minutes was a point by David Cashman. Bandon converted a penalty for their goal and scored 2 points from frees. Our scorers in this half were Alan O’Callaghan 0 – 02(f) and David Cashman 0 – 02(1f).
Michael O’Halloran opened the scoring in the second half with a point and this was added to by David Cashman from a free. Daniel Meaney, Eoin O’Farrell and John O’Sullivan scored a point each from play to bring our second half tally to 5 points with time running out. Bandon in reply had scored 7 points, 5 from frees and 2 from play, and so were ahead by 3 points. We were in added time at this stage and facing defeat when a long ball into the square was knocked down by Ger O’Regan and batted to the back of the Bandon net. It took some time for us to discover who had actually struck the final blow as there was so much activity in the square. Then, when the dust had settled, we discovered it was John Cashman, who had scored the equalising goal. The Rockies camp duly erupted as the final whistle was sounded, and we were headed for extra time. The score at the end of normal time was Rockies 1 – 09, Bandon 1 – 09.
Our boys showed a distinct improvement in extra time and at one stage we were ahead by 5 points but Bandon came back at us and with time running out had actually levelled with us, but thanks to two great points by John O’Sullivan, we survived to live another day. Our other scorers in extra time were Alan O’Callaghan 0 – 02, Shane O’Keeffe 1 – 00, and M’l O’Halloran 0 – 01. Bandon replied with 6 points all from frees.
Scorers: Alan O’Callaghan 0 – 04(02f), David Cashman 0 – 03(02f), John Cashman 1 – 00, Shane O’Keeffe 1 – 00, Michael O’Halloran 0 – 02, John O’Sullivan 0 – 03, Daniel Meaney 0 – 01, Eoin O’Farrell 0 – 01.
Team: Alan Long, Stephen Murphy (C), John Cashman, Gary Norberg, Andrew Murphy, Eoin Smith, Niall Cashman, David O’Farrell, John O’Sullivan, Shane O’Keeffe, Alan O’Callaghan, Michael O’Halloran, Ger O’Regan, David Cashman, CiaránCormack. Subs used: Daniel Meaney, Eoin O’Farrell, Liam O’Sullivan.
Referee: Joe Larkin. Ballinora.