Legion triumph as Finuge find step up to intermediate grade too much

ALL-IRELAND Junior champions Finuge failed to make a successful transition to the intermediate grade as Legion emerged 0-8 to 0-6 winners from yesterday’s Kerry IFC final in Tralee.

Kerry minor David Murphy fired over six points for the Killarney side, while veteran keeper Peter O'Leary denied Finuge victory with a number of stunning saves including one at the death to deny Cillian Fitzmaurice a match-winning goal.

Scorers: Legion: D Murphy 0-6 (0-3 frees), M O'Mahony and M O'Sullivan 0-1 each.

Finuge: C Galvin 0-2 (0-1 free), E Galvin 0-2, P Galvin and C Fitzmaurice 0-1 each

INSPIRED by Elton Pierce, 13-man Kilworth staged a dramatic recovery to force a draw with Grenagh (0-12 to 1-9) in a remarkable Cork Co JHC first round match at Páirc Ui Chaoimh yesterday.

Trailing by six points and having lost the services of midfielder Dian Cahill and corner-forward and free specialist Paudie Lynch for second yellow card offences, it looked curtains for Kilworth with a quarter of an hour remaining.

But digging deep, Kilworth stunned their opponents by conjuring up a fairytale comeback in which the magnificent Pierce was the chief architect.

Scorers: Grenagh:J. O'Neill 1-0; D. D. Dorgan 0-6 (0-3 from frees); R. Dorgan, D. Dalton and T. Kenny 0-1 each.

Kilworth: E. Pierce 0-7 (0-4 from frees); P. Lynch 0-4 (0-3 from free); J. Cahill 0-1.

KINSALE survived another searching test from Ballyclough in the Evening Echo Cork JAFC replay at a rain-soaked Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday before progressing 1-6 to 0-6 to the last four.

The win gives them the opportunity to play in the intermediate ranks next season as a new premier grade is added to the programme for 2006. All four semi-finalists will have the option of moving up to the lower tier of the new grade.

This match was always going to be tough, with the wind and rain a major factor, particularly in the opening half. It was fair to assume it would be settled by a kick of the ball and in the end, just one green flag that decided the outcome.

And it was the Carrigdhoun kingpins who got that vital goal when Cian Quigley crashed home from 30 metres after being set up by Kevin Cahill.

Scorers for Kinsale: C Quigley 1-1, J Keohane, K O'Regan, K Cahill, J Murphy and B Gray 0-1 each.

Ballyclough: C O'Neill 0-3 (0-2 frees), P Flynn 0-2 (frees), T O'Connor 0-1.

NEMO RANGERS maintained their fantastic success rate with a superb 2-11 to 2-6 victory over Valley Rovers in the Cork Co U-21 FC decider at Páirc Ui Rinn on Saturday their fourth title in five years at the grade.

Despite being reduced to 14 men following the dismissal of Paul Kerrigan 12 minutes from time at a stage when five points separated the sides, Nemo had the flair and composure to stave-off Valley's determined second-half rally.

A disastrous first-half showing contributed to Valley Rovers' failure to win the trophy for the first time.

They trailed 1-6 to 0-0 at half time and were left with an Everest to climb.

Scorers: Nemo Rangers:C. Allen 1-2; R. Kenny 1-1; D. Kearney 0-5 (0-1 from free); P. Kerrigan 0-2; P. O'Shea 0-1.

Valley Rovers: K. Canty 1-3; D. O'Driscoll 1-0; F. Lynch 0-2 (0-2 from frees); E. Manning 0-1.

DELIGHT at last for Douglas at Páirc Ui Chaoimh yesterday where neither driving rain, heavy underfoot conditions nor a stubborn Blackrock side could deny them a historic first Cork City Premier U-21 HC title after a replay that tested both sides to the limit.

In the end it took a quality goal from corner-forward Steve Moylan to win it 2-7 to 1-7 and after victories over fancied Bishopstown and Glen Rovers, it was a title Douglas richly deserved.

Scorers for Douglas: S. Moylan 1-2 (0-1 free), M. Harrington 1-1 (1-0 pen), B. Fitzgerald, F. O'Sullivan, M. O'Callaghan, J. Moylan 0-1 each.

Blackrock: P. O'Sullivan 0-5 (frees), S. O'Donoghue 1-0, M. Russell ('65), D. Coughlan 0-1 each.

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CourtsGaaFootballPlace: TraleePlace: Páirc Uí ChaoimhPlace: BallycloughPlace: Páirc Uí RinnPlace: EverestPerson: David MurphyPerson: Peter O'LearyPerson: Cillian FitzmauricePerson: D MurphyPerson: M O'MahonyPerson: M O'SullivanPerson: C GalvinPerson: E GalvinPerson: P GalvinPerson: C FitzmauricePerson: Elton PiercePerson: GrenaghPerson: Dian CahillPerson: Paudie LynchPerson: KilworthPerson: PiercePerson: J. O'NeillPerson: D. D. DorganPerson: R. DorganPerson: D. DaltonPerson: T. KennyPerson: E. PiercePerson: P. LynchPerson: J. CahillPerson: KinsalePerson: Cian QuigleyPerson: Kevin CahillPerson: C QuigleyPerson: J KeohanePerson: K O'ReganPerson: K CahillPerson: J MurphyPerson: B GrayPerson: C O'NeillPerson: P FlynnPerson: T O'ConnorPerson: Paul KerriganPerson: NemoPerson: C. AllenPerson: R. KennyPerson: D. KearneyPerson: P. KerriganPerson: P. O'SheaPerson: K. CantyPerson: D. O'DriscollPerson: F. LynchPerson: E. ManningPerson: DouglasPerson: Steve MoylanPerson: S. MoylanPerson: M. HarringtonPerson: B. FitzgeraldPerson: F. O'SullivanPerson: M. O'CallaghanPerson: J. MoylanPerson: P. O'SullivanPerson: S. O'DonoghuePerson: M. RussellPerson: D. CoughlanEvent: Kerry IFC finalOrganisation: LegionOrganisation: FinugeOrganisation: Cork Co JHCOrganisation: Cork JAFCOrganisation: CarrigdhounOrganisation: BallycloughOrganisation: Nemo RangersOrganisation: Valley RoversOrganisation: Cork Co U-21 FCOrganisation: ValleyOrganisation: Valley Rovers'Organisation: BlackrockOrganisation: BishopstownOrganisation: Glen RoversOrganisation: Douglas
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