O’Mahony’s late point saves Barr’s

A LATE Robert O’Mahony point earned St Finbarr’s a 0-12 to 1-9 draw in an entertaining all city Evening Echo Cork Co Premier IFC final against St.Vincent’s under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday, with the replay pencilled in as the curtain raiser to the senior final on October 5.

It was a result the Barr’s deserved, but Vincent’s will wonder how they managed to squander a five-point lead at the three quarter stage. The dominance of Jim O’Donoghue and Aidan O’Shea at midfield in the opening half meant a lot of ball was going into the Barr’s attack as they led 0-6 to 0-3 at the break.

Vincent’s were more aggressive on the changeover and were level after 39 minutes. They then threw the gauntlet to the Barr’s with a Cian Barry goal in the 43rd minute and when corner back Darren O’Regan kicked a point, quickly followed by a Derek O’Connor effort they had a five points cushion at the three quarter stage.

But the Barr’s, inspired by county senior hurler Ronan Curran, battled back for a deserved draw.

Douglas turned on the style at Páirc Uí Rinn in the opening game, a magical second-half display leaving fancied Ballymartle for dead, setting up a mouth-watering Cork Co Premier IHC semi-final date with Blarney.

Didn’t look easy in the opening half though, when scores were plentiful and the hurling by both sides good too and it was level pegging at the break at 1-9 apiece.

To say Douglas improved in the second-half would be an understatement for not only did they limit Ballymartle to four points, but they outplayed them all love the park and got some terrific scores with Eoin Cadogan and Pat Barry sublime in defence and Harrington running the show up front.

Meanwhile, Eamonn Collins and Hughie O’Donovan were stars of the show as 14-man Valley Rovers came from behind to defeat favourites Macroom 0-14 to 0-12 in the Evening Echo Cork Co IFC quarter-final replay at Cloughduv.

It was a game that had everything — controversy, drama and a bust-up as Macroom led 0-7 to 0-6 at half time and it appeared they had enough in the tank to win. Valley then suffered a blow when midfielder Kevin Canty was shown a second yellow card in the 45th minute. A free-for-all developed but the referee dealt quickly and efficiently with the situation and Valley Rovers, despite their numerical disadvantage, held their nerve for victory.

Carrigaline are back in the Cork Co IHC final thanks to a 2-17 to 0-19 victory over Kanturk at Coachford and what an occasion it proved to be for Stephen Corcoran, who scored 0-13. The south east side hung in doggedly over the hour and despite Corcoran’s magnificent return — 0-11 from placed balls — this was very much a solid team performance.

Glanworth had too much guile for Urhan in the Cork JAFC quarter-final at Inchigeelagh, winning 0-12 to 0-7, while at Carraig na bhFear Cloyne, without Cork hurling star Diarmuid O’Sullivan, but with younger brothers Colm and Paudie to the fore, beat White’s Cross 0-11 to 0-10.

Tullylease upset the odds when defeating last season’s runners up Charleville 0-17 to 1-12 in the Cork JAHC quarter-final in Kanturk. Having won the Duhallow title for the first time in 47 years last month, Tullylease offered plenty of indications that their sights are firmly fixed on bigger prizes.

In another quarter-final Carrignavar wrote another chapter of their success story when they thumped an inferior Ballymartle side 1-20 to 1-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

In the Duhallow JFC final at Kiskeam, Cullen and Boherbue played out a 1-14 to 3-8 draw, while Ballygarvan, thanks to their midfield master Joe Spillane and the silken scoring skills of man of the match Gary White, won the South East J ‘A’FC with a 1-13 to 0-7win over Ballinhassig at Crosshaven.

In the Premier MHC semi-final at Carrigtwohill, Sarsfields beat Midleton 2-12 to 0-15.

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