Castlehaven have trouble-free win

CASTLEHAVEN and Clonakilty came out tops in the permanent tsb Cork County SFC yesterday.

At sunny Bandon debutantes Douglas failed to make any impression on seasoned campaigners Castlehaven who won this semi-final clash 0-13 to 0-8.

Making their inaugural appearance in the penultimate stage of the competition Douglas hit rock-bottom and allowed their opponents, who were reduced to 14-men following the dismissal of midfielder Dermot Hurley for a second yellow card offence five minutes into the second half, an almost trouble-free run into their fourth final.

Scorers: Castlehaven: P. Hurley 0-5 (0-3 from frees); C. Crowley 0-4; B. Deasy 0-2; B. Collins and D. Burns 0-1 each.

Douglas: F. O'Sullivan 0-2 (0-2 from frees); W. Coveney, B. Hanrahan and M. Harrington 0-1 each.

Clonakilty are through to a semi-final meeting with either Na Piarsaigh or O'Donovan Rossa thanks to this 2-7 to 1-9 victory over Imokilly at Ballygarvan last night.

Two goals by Pádraig Griffin put Clon in the driving seat in a thrilling contest. Griffin, who tormented the Imokilly defence all through with his uncanny control of the greasy ball, might have had a hat-trick but for a magnificent save by Imokilly keeper MJ Cremin midway through the second half, which denied the Clon full-forward, who finished with 2-2 to his credit.

Scorers for Clonakilty: P. Griffin 2-2, C. Murphy 0-3 (0-1 free), B. Walsh, H. Kenny 0-1 each.

Imokilly - D. Barrett 0-4 (0-3 frees), J. Deane 1-1, S. Farrell 0-3, G. Holland 0-1.

An injury-time point from full-forward Peter Murphy earned Carrigaline a 0-9 to 0-8 victory over Newmarket in a closely contested permanent tsb Cork County IFC semi-final at Killavullen last evening and a place in the final for the first time since 1996.

It was a game of fluctuating fortunes producing stretches from both sides and it appeared all set to go to a replay when Murphy, the most consistent forward on view, stepped up to decide it with a gem of a point just over a minute into injury time.

Playing a brand of powerful, direct hurling and conjuring up scores from every angle, Youghal deservedly swept past a brave Bishopstown challenge in the permanent tsb IHC quarter-final at wet and windy Rostellan yesterday, winning 1-16 to 1-10. Youghal now meet Bride Rovers or Milford in the semi-finals.

It seemed all over at the break when a storming Youghal first-half performance precipitated a total of 1-12 to 'Town's 0-1 albeit it a lead aided with the advantage of a strong down-field wind. But credit to the city side who fought back bravely after the interval and never gave up until the final whistle.

After a poor first-half, following which the teams were level 1-5 each at the break, Argideen Rangers won this Cork County JHC quarter-final 3-11 to 2-11 at Minane Bridge yesterday, beating Blackrock's second team in a contest that really only came to life in the second-half when we were treated to some splendid fare.

Mayfield are the City junior football champions, and deservedly so, Douglas never getting into the contest.

Mayfield won the game 1-8 to 0-3, having led 1-4 to 0-1

Brendan Mullane's two goal strike in the space of 70 seconds put the seal on Kanturk's second-half dominance as they retained their Duhallow JHC title in easier than expected fashion at Kilbrin on Saturday beating Freemount 3-8 to 0-7.

Three goals in varying circumstances proved decisive as Millstreet accounted for Dromtarriffe 3-5 to 0-9 in an entertaining Boherbue Co-Op Duhallow JFC decider at rainsoaked Kiskeam yesterday.

James Hamilton was the hero for Dromina at they regained the North Cork JHC title in convincing fashion at Ballyclough yesterday with a 1-15 to 0-14 win over Ballygiblin.

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