Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group D
OBS 1 – 4 Jay Bazz
JAY BAZZ had a shock in store for unbeaten OBS when the teams met at Ballea Pk. in their Sports Gear Direct group D fixture last Friday night, writes Finbarr Buckley.
O’Brien’s Scaffolding went into the contest knowing victory would guarantee a place in the knockout
stages. Their visitors, Jay Bazz, had unluckily gone out on penalties to Martin Harvey Solicitors the
previous week. A whirlwind start by the away side yielded two goals from Luke Hanley, who was
put through by Brandon Downey for the first after five minutes and six minutes later again by the
young captain whose neat pass presented the pacey striker with a simple finish past Phil Brennan.
The host’s response was for Niall O’Brien to bring out an athletic save from Mark Sheedy and for
Anthony O’Reilly to lash the ball against the post from another break through the middle. Another
sortie into their opponent’s half led to a break down the right by Jay Bazz’s Junior Kavanagh who
fired high into the roof of the net. Scaffolding introduced former Tanner Celtic goal poacher Kevin
Sadik and his presence up front alongside O’Brien had the desired effect when both had a hand in a
move which led to a penalty which Jamie O’Connell dispatched with aplomb in the 34th minute.
However, after Hanley completed his hat-trick early in the second-half, Jay Bazz ran out comfortable
winners to remain in contention with one round of group matches remaining. Darren Nugent and
Conor Kennedy shone for the winners with Lee Maher and Shane Creech the pick for OBS.
Brew Boys 7 – 2 The Weigh Inn
Debutants Brew Boys got off the mark after losing their opening two fixtures with a resounding win over The Weigh Inn at Castlelyons. Sub Sean McCarthy netted twice along with Tom McGrath (pen.), Sean Hamelin, who had a hand in three of the other goals, Adam Byrnes (free-kick) and Cian Condon who also came off the bench. Wayne Fitzgerald was rock solid throughout for the winners.
Finbarr Galvin Derrow Rovs. 2 – 3 Martin Harvey Solicitors
Last season’s beaten finalists booked their passage to the knockout stage with a third win courtesy of a best of five goal triumph over Derrow Rovs. John Paul Morrissey brought his total to three in three outings by scoring twice along with Eoin Murphy. Morrissey, Murphy and Luke Magee impressed for the visitors. Jake Davies replied with two for the home team.
Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group A
Satellite Taxis 8 – 4 Longboats
Twice winners Satellite Taxis were the weekend’s biggest scorers courtesy of four from Breff McCarthy and one apiece from James Delaney, Greg Casey, Alex Coughlan and Shane Dorgan. Vinny Motherway, Eoin Chill, Neil O’Connell and Eddie Walsh (pen.) were among the goals for the visitors who must take huge consolation for scoring four against one of the competition’s fancied teams.
UCC Utd. 2 – 1 SCS Crookstown Utd.
After a sublime strike by Kevin Barrett from outside the area which put Crookstown one up in their first outing, United responded with goals from Mo El Shoukey and Ransell D’Souza to seal the points.
Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group B
Healy O’Connor Solicitors 2 – 7 Lion’s Den
In another 7-2 result on the same day, The Lion’s Den had conceded four in their opening fixture but made ample amends last Sunday afternoon at Garryduff by putting seven past premier league opposition HOC. A hat-trick from Kevin Kavanagh and one each from John O’Donovan, Kevin Walsh, Richard and Terence McSweeney got the Den off the mark in style.
Marlboro Trust 5 – 1 Cork Hospitals
Despite Conor O’Halloran scoring a fine goal for the Hospitals and going close on three other occasions, Trust’s greater match management told at the finish as a hat-trick from Kevin O’Sullivan was complemented by further goals from Steven O’Reilly and Mark Ronan to secure a first win for the 2010 winners.
Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group C
Daz Barbers 3 – 6 District 11 District 11 added six to the four they scored against VIP Barbers the previous weekend to stay in contention in the group with two matches remaining. Goals from the two Mooneys, Dean and Gary put the visitors in front at the interval. After Gary added his second within five minutes of the second 45, Jonah Delaney pulled one back for the home team. Seven minutes later Andrew Mullane extended the lead to 4-1 only for the battling Barbers to reduce the deficit to a single goal within the next five minutes with goals from Chris Wall and Eoin McAuliffe. In the final quarter goals Dean Mooney and Andrew Hegarty secured the three points on offer.