Nemo has too much firepower for Newcestown in Cork PSFC
Fourteen-man Nemo Rangers were on their way to victory in the opening weekend of PSFC action from Cork.
Knocked out in the group stage last year, largely due to the shock loss they suffered to Valley Rovers in the first weekend of action and their subsequent failure to recover from that result, Nemo was never going to allow a repeat here.
Back-to-back 2019 and 2020 champions were 1-4 on the board before Newcestown scored their first point 12 minutes later. That gap had widened to 11 at halftime, with Nemo ahead 2-7 to 0-2.
Their first goal was provided by Mark Cronin, the corner forward reacting quickest to the broken ball after goalkeeper Christopher White did well to fend off Paul Kerrigan’s initial shot.
Kerrigan provided the assist for his second goal four minutes before the break, with Luke Connolly starting the move, when he flipped Jack Meade off the pitch, and finished it off.
Newcestown, who pulled just one point from the game in the first half, had a green-flag opportunity in the 19th minute when David Buckley was fouled for a penalty but his kick later was stopped by Micheál Aodh Martin.
Nemo’s goalscoring tally should have increased to three shortly after the switch, but White was superb in making a double save to counter Barry O’Driscoll.
There had to be one more green flag in this hopelessly poor contest, Colm Dineen on the mark for the West Cork outfit.
That scoreline left Tim Buckley’s charges 2-9 at 1-2 adrift and although Nemo only added one more point to their tally and didn’t score in the final 17 minutes of action, he didn’t. there was never any doubt about the outcome.
Nemo finished with 14 after Luke Connolly received a second yellow card in the 56th minute for his part in a scrum which saw two members of the respective teams from the back room come face to face on the touchline.
L Connolly (1-4, 0-2 free, 0-1’45); M Cronin (1-0); A O’Donovan, B O’Driscoll (0-2 each); K O’Donovan, C McCartan (0-1 each).
D Buckley (0-4, 0-2 free, 0-1 point); C Dineen (1-0); S O’Sullivan (0-1).
MA Martin; K Histon, B Murphy, B Cripps; K O’Donovan, S Cronin, K Fulignati; C McCartan, A O’Donovan; C Horgan, P Kerrigan, J Horgan; M Cronin, B O’Driscoll, L Connolly.
C White; M McSweeney, J Kelleher, G Kelleher; C Dinneen, C Twomey, L Meade; Collins E, S O’Donovan; F Keane, C O’Neill, J Meade; N Kelly, D Buckley, S O’Sullivan.
D McAree for O’Neill (HT), M Kenneally for Keane (45, inj); E Kenneally for J Meade (51); O Walsh for Collins (53).
Referee: John Ryan