A tense, hard-hitting encounter looked like boiling over when Grenagh were reduced to 14 men in the 41st minute, and a scuffle on full-time didn’t detract from an exciting game peppered with passages of top-class hurling.
When Grenagh reflect on this game their 11 wides to Kilworth’s six will show the opportunity they lost, though Kilworth’s defence was heroic in the second half, especially Will Twomey, Mark O’Connor and Damien McNamara.
: Kilworth: P Lynch 0-4 (0-2 frees); J Cahill and R Tobin 0-2 each; A Mannix, E Pierce (free) and D McNamara (free) 0-1 each. Grenagh: S Coleman 1-0; DD Dorgan 0-2 (0-1 free); A O’Neill, C Kenny, J Russell and T Kenny (free) 0-1 each.
ERIN’S OWN battled back from a six-point deficit to earn a nail-biting 0-12 to 1-8 victory over Dromtariffe in the Evening Echo Cork Co JFC quarter-final at Shanballymore yesterday.
The east Cork nominees showed what passion and character is all about by battling back to fashion a victory that was hard-earned but deserved.
Shane Murphy played a big part in a terrific game of football in the driving rain, his place kicking sublime in a passionate second half in which Erin’s Own centre-back Alan Lane and Dromtariffe midfielder Andreas O’Sullivan got straight reds for different incidents.
: Erin’s Own: F Murphy 0-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘45), M O’Connor 0-3, F Murphy, P Fitzgerald; 0-1 each. Dromtariffe: T Browne 1-1, G Murphy 0-3 (0-1 ‘45), P Dennehy 0-2 (frees), N O’Sullivan, D McCabe 0-1.
NEWLY-crowned city champions Douglas comprehensively defeated Inniscarra 2-12 to 0-10 at Brinny yesterday to qualify for their first Cork County U21 hurling final.
After the sides were level on three occasions, Douglas stormed to an emphatic win in the last quarter.
: Douglas: B Fitzgerald 1-1; J Moylan 1-0; S Moylan 0-6 (0-5 from frees); F O’Sullivan 0-3; R Harris and M Harrington 0-1 each. Inniscarra: N O’Regan 0-9 (0-8 from frees); J Casey 0-1.
HARDLY a Cork Co U21 hurling championship quarter-final victory the Erin’s Own mentors will rave about at Dungourney on Saturday, but the east Cork nominees cut a weak Duhallow challenge to shreds to win 5-17 to 0-7 and book a semi-final meeting with Valley Rovers.
Duhallow, although they tried their best, were out of their depth.
: Erin’s Own: E Murphy 3-7 (0-5 frees), M Murphy 2-1, C Coakley 0-4, S Bowen 0-2 (frees), K Murphy, E Coakley, P Walsh 0-1 each. Duhallow: S Walsh 0-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65).