By Bob Lester
NEMO RANGERS won the permanent tsb Cork County IFC title for the second time in two years at floodlit Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.
A period of complete dominance in the third quarter sowed the seeds for Nemo's latest triumph and left their final opponents Carbery floundering, Nemo winning 3-6 to 1-10.
It was all square at the break but Nemo rose to the challenge better after the resumption and were justifiably crowned champions.
Scorers: Nemo Rangers: N O'Sullivan 1-0, M Morgan 1-0, S Marshall 1-0, W Morgan 0-2, P O'Shea, O Weldon, A Hogan and J Kerins 0-1 each. Carbery Rangers: M Moore 1-0 (1-0 from penalty), K McMahon 0-2; M O'Sullivan 0-2, S Hayes 0-2, D Hayes, M Ronan, J Hayes (free), J Murphy (free) 0-1 each.
NEMO RANGERS: B Morgan; L McCarthy, R Murphy, I Gibbons; G O'Shea, N Geary, N O'Sullivan; M Morgan, S Twomey; P Morgan, JP O'Neill, J Kerins; P Kerrigan, W Morgan, P O'Shea. Subs; A Hogan for Twomey; O Weldon for M Morgan; S Marshall for O'Shea.
CARBERY RANGERS: K Santry; G Ryan, A Roche, E Murphy; S Murphy, Jeremy Murphy, John Murphy; M O'Sullivan, K McMahon; M Ronan, J Hayes, N Hayes; D Hayes, S Hayes, M Moore. Sub: Sean Hayes for Jeremy Murphy.
Referee: J Geaney (Kilshanning).
BRAVO Ballygarvan, bravo Kilbrin. But only one winner could emerge from an absorbing permanent tsb Cork County JHC semi-final second replay at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday and to Ballygarvan went the spoils, 2-20 to 1-20 after extra-time, after nearly four hours of super hurling action.
But how the men from the south east had to battle to first force the game into extra-time and then produce the extra energy to cruelly deny Kilbrin in a game that will long be remembered.
With Kilbrin leading 1-15 to 0-10 with eight minutes remaining it looked all over. But then it all went wrong as Ballygarvan showed the real meaning of commitment with a mighty last surge.
Scorers: Ballygarvan: L Dillon 1-12 (0-8 frees, 0-1 '65), G White 1-0, G Spillane, K Ashman 0-2 each, S O'Leary, A Butler, C Conchuir, S White. Kilbrin: D Crowley 0-7 (0-4 frees), D Breen 1-0, I O'Sullivan 0-4, D Aherne 0-3, S O'Riordan, N O'Reilly (0-3 '65s) 0-2 each, T McMahon, N O'Callaghan 0-1 each.
VINCENT HURLEY contributed 12 points as Courcey Rovers, just 24 hours after winning the Carrigdhoun final, blitzed Douglas 1-15 to 1-5 in their Cork Co JAFC quarter-final at Riverstick yesterday to qualify for a semi-final clash with Adrigole next Sunday.
In the throes of a hectic campaign that included the final of the IHC involving 13 of their starting line-up and then the divisional final replay at Kinsale on Saturday when they beat Tracton 1-6 to 0-4, one would have expected Courcey Rovers to be a little battle weary. But there was hardly a sign of fatigue.
Scorers: Courcey Rovers: V Hurley 0-12 (0-7 frees), S Hayes 1-0, J Murphy 0-2, T Lordan 0-1.
Douglas: C. Hogan 1-1, D Meade 0-2, P Tobin and P O'Sullivan (free) 0-1 each.
AGHABULLOGUE advanced to the Cork JFC 'A' semi-final and a meeting with Bride Rovers after a gritty 0-8 to 0-5 win over Tadhg MacCarthaigh at Ballineen on Saturday.
Scorers: Aghabullogue: J Hogan 0-4 (0-3 frees), P Kelleher, D Buckley, D Kiely, B Kiely 0-1 each. Tadhg MacCárthaigh; M McCarthy 0-4 (0-3 frees), C O'Driscoll 0-1.
NO disputing the identity of the new North Cork U21A champions after Newtownshandrum's emphatic 4-14 to 2-7 victory over Doneraile at Charleville on Saturday.
Scorers: Newtownshandrum: J Bowles 2-11 (0-6 frees); C Naughton 2-1; D Naughton, F Young (free), 0-1 each. Doneraile: B Sheehan 2-5 (2-3 frees); J O'Callaghan 0-2.
THE Tim Sheehan Cup, a trophy in memory of Brian Corcoran's grandfather, is sitting in Blarney's trophy cabinet after their 2-14 to 0-5 win over Carrigaline in the Cork Co Minor AHC final at Páirc Uí Chaoímh.
Scorers: Blarney: S Vickery 2-0, P Nodwell 0-5 (0-2 frees), B Deasy, J Jordan (65s), J Hallahan 0-2 each, R Pinfield, S Twomey, D Quirke 0-1 each. Carrigaline: S. Corcoran (frees), J Moran (frees) 0-2 each, G Harrington 0-1.