Caheragh show character to clinch thrilling extra-time victory

Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh 0-21 St Oliver Plunkett’s 1-16 (aet)
Caheragh (Tadhg Mac Cárthaighs) had more in the tank in extra-time in Saturday’s thrilling South West JAFC finalat Leap.

Earlier, Caheragh had the character to wipe out a five-point lead, overcome the handicap of playing with a man short for almost a quarter of an hour and end normal time with 13 players after a second yellow card offence.

Bringing on Patrick Crowley and Kevin Barrett to get back up to full strength, the five-time champions edged a point clear after the first half of extra-time and completed the job in the closing stages when Plunkett’s made a mighty effort to save a game.

Colin Bennett had expertly converted a penalty and added a point with 20 minutes of normal time remaining to give Plunkett’s a 1-10 to 0-8 lead.

But Mark Barrett took the game by the scruff of the neck and provided the ammunition for the Caheragh forwards who used it well to ease a point clear by the 60th minute. Then Seán Murray got a second yellow and Plunkett’s Colin Bennett converted a free to force extra-time.

Back to full strength, Caheragh needed keeper Patrick Kirby to save well from Conor McCarthy before confirming their superior recuperative powers.

Scorers for Caheragh: C O’Sullivan 0-9fs, M O’Driscoll 0-3, C O’Driscoll 0-2, S O’Driscoll, M Barrett, K O’Regan, T Deasy, K O’Driscoll, P Crowley, K Barrett 0-1 each.

Scorers for Plunketts: C Bennett 1-3 (1-0p, 2fs), K Coffey 0-5 (2fs, 1 45), MP Keohane 0-3, B Walsh 0-2, K O’Driscoll, C McCarthy, C O’Driscoll 0-1 each.

CAHERAGH: P Kirby; D Harrington, W O’Sullivan, D O’Hea; S O’Driscoll, B O’Driscoll, K O’Regan; T Herlihy, M Barrett; C O’Sullivan, K O’Driscoll, C O’Driscoll; M O’Driscoll, T Deasy, G O’Driscoll.

Subs: G Hurley for D O’Hea, G Gill for W O’Sullivan, S Murray for T Herlihy, P Crowley, K Barrett (both extra time), W O’Sullivan for K O’Regan, J Ryan for G Hurley, L Burke for M O’Driscoll (inj).

PLUNKETTS: E McSweeney; G McCarthy, T Coffey, D Tarrant; TJ O’Driscoll, E O’Driscoll, B O’Driscoll; C O’Driscoll, C McCarthy; K Coffey, MP Keohane, JP O’Driscoll, C Bennett, B Walsh, K O’Driscoll.

Subs: D Walsh for JP O’Driscoll, P Coffey for B O’Driscoll (inj).

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