Cashel progressed to the semi-finals of the Intermediate Football Championship with the minimum of fuss after scoring a comfortable win over Young Grattans at the Rathcline grounds, Clonbonny on Saturday evening last.
Cashel came into the third round of this year’s championship after two tight tussles against Ballymore and Carrickedmond, with both games ending in draws, but they were in complete control against Young Grattans.
After hitting the front after four minutes, Cashel never looked back as they proceeded to record a comprehensive victory by the wide margin of 17 points. Cashel started brightly and reeled off nine points in a row before their opposition made a mark on the scoreboard in the 17th minute.
During that period of dominance Cashel ruled midfield, with Ger Dennigan monopolising the skies and Aidan Rowan, Gary Kenny and Peter Foy winning most of the breaking ball. Dennigan himself landed three wonderful points off his left foot, while corner-back Ronan Farrell, captain Gary Kenny, midfielder James Rowan and forwards Shane Merrigan and Kieran Mulvihill all raised white flags as Young Grattans struggled to get out of their own half.
Mulvihill gave his opposite number Damien McHugh a torrid time and when he was picked out close to goal by Merrigan in the 15th minute, he made no mistake in smashing the ball to the net. Young Grattans, to their credit, rallied reasonably well with points from David Trappe, Timmy Hegarty, Gerry Victory and Michael Madden.
But Ger Carberry’s charges were dealt a bad blow when Kevin Jones was sent off for a second yellow card offence a minute from the break. Despite trailing by 1-11 to 0-4 at half time, Young Grattans started the brighter in the second half.
The industrious Gerry Victory accounted for two of three points in the first four minutes but Cashel responded with scores from Kieran Mulvihill, Shane Merrigan and Gary Kenny to consolidate their firm grip on the game. From there on the result was never in doubt and further scores followed from Peter Foy, James Rowan and Conan Casey.
Gerry Victory and Shane Cassidy kept a measure of respectability on the scoreboard for Young Grattans when converting frees before Kieran Mulvihill scored his second goal with a left footed shot a minute from time.
Cashel now progress to the semi-finals off the back of an impressive performance, with the most emphatic total of 2-19 scored from play. Young Grattans, on the other hand, must now focus on retaining their Intermediate status for 2013 as they face into the relegation play-offs.
CASHEL: Gerard Nealion; Ronan Muldoon, Conan Casey (0-1), Ronan Farrell (0-2); Peter Foy (0-3), Paul Egan, Kevin Farrell; Ger Dennigan (0-4), James Rowan (0-2); Gary Kenny (0-3, two frees), Aidan Rowan, Niall Donlon; Shane Merrigan (0-2), Kieran Mulvihill (2-4), Derek Farrell.
Subs:- Shane Muldoon for K Farrell (40 mins); Thomas Delaney for N Donlon (53 mins); Timmy Donlon for S Merrigan (49 mins); Niall Casserly for A Rowan (51 mins).
YOUNG GRATTANS: James Rushe; Gary Hewitt, Damien McHugh, Mikey Stokes; Timmy Hegarty (0-1), David Trappe (0-1), Michael Madden (0-1); Willie John McDermott, Shane Cassidy (0-1, free); Karl Murray (0-1), Kevin Jones, Gerry Victory (0-5, three frees); Emmet Clarke, John Twaddle, George Balfe.
Subs:- Robbie Kilemade for G Balfe (43 mins); Tony Maguire for E Clarke (58 mins).
Referee: John Bannon