Impossible to match this 56-score thriller

Few who ventured to Ballynoe on Tuesday evening would have expected what lay in store when Castlelyons and Ballinacurra clashed in the Imokilly JBHC.

A total of 56 scores were served up as the sides finished level after extra-time, former Cork star Timmy McCarthy scoring the equaliser for Castlelyons to give them 4-28 at the end, equal to Ballinacurra’s tally of 8-16.

“Nobody had ever seen anything like it,” said Castlelyons PRO Denis Fenton, “there were people taking photos of the scoreboard at the end. It was just unreal.”

Castlelyons had been eight points up at one stage in the first half, but two goals before half-time gave Ballinacurra some hope as they trailed by six at the interval, 1-12 to 2-3.

Upon the resumption, “they went to town altogether”, in the words of Fenton, scoring four goals and leading by five points with time nearly up.

However, Jack Barry’s goal for Castlelyons, followed by Eoin Maye’s late equaliser, ensured that an additional 20 minutes were required, the sides tied at 6-10 to 2-22.

Extra-time seemed to be repeating the second-half pattern as Ballinacurra pulled ahead again and, while a goal from McCarthy levelled for Castlelyons, two more Ballinacurra goals had them five ahead once more.

Rob Feeney’s goal kept Castlelyons’ hopes alive, and McCarthy had the final say.

“It was a small enough crowd, as junior B tends to be, but there was great excitement at the end,” Fenton said.

“I’d say the umpires had cramp from all the flag-waving but everybody’s happy to have it level at the end and have another go off it!”

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