Kilbrin forced to dig deep to shake off Clon

Kilbrin 3-13 Clonakilty 1-17

Their reward is a trip to Milford next weekend where they clash with Kildorrery for a place in the final against Brian Dillons.

This was end-to-end stuff with some brilliant long-range scores. When Kilbrin eased into a 2-3 to 0-2 lead on 10 minutes, thanks to goals from Liam Daly and Stephen O’Reilly, one could be forgiven for thinking this might be one-way traffic.

Clonakilty answered back defiantly through points from Jack O’Mahony, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Dave O’Regan, James Forristal and Sean White, while Daly and O’Mahony exchanged place balls to leave it 2-7 to 0-10 at the break.

Clonakilty struck after half time with a Fitzpatrick goal and went ahead after O’Mahony pointed. But, Kilbrin replied instantly with an O’Reilly green flag.

The Duhallow side moved three points clear but when sub Alan Murphy made it a two-point game at the death, Kilbrin were put to the pin of their collar to hold out for the win.

Scorers for Kilbrin: S O’Reilly 2-2, L Daly 1-4 (1f), K Sheahan, E Sheahan 0-2 each, W Egan, P Egan, David O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clonakilty: J O’Mahony 0-7 (3fs), D Fitzpatrick 1-3, J Forristal, A Murphy, D O’Regan (2fs) 0-2 each, S White 0-1.

KILBRIN: P O’Callaghan; P Aherne, M O’Riordan, C Carroll; W Corkery, W Egan, D Sheahan; P Egan, David O’Sullivan; E Sheahan, K Sheahan, T O’Reilly; S O’Reilly, N O’Callaghan, L Daly.

Subs: Daniel O’Sullivan for D Sheahan (46), D Daly for T O’Reilly (58).

CLONAKILTY: B Daly; M Sheehy, J O’Donovan, G Lehane; B O’Sullivan, T Anglin, D O’Regan; S White, JP Forristal; D Murphy, S O’Connell, T Clancy; J Forristal, D Fitzpatrick, J O’Mahony.

Subs: A Murphy for T Anglin (20), P O’Regan for M Sheehy (50).

Referee: C McAllister (Aghada).

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