A goal from wing-back David Roche appeared to have given Milltown-Castlemaine the opportunity to drive on and claim victory in extra time but Dingle just managed to find the extra gear needed to ensure another outing, with David Geaney’s return to the Dingle colours delivering a crucial late cameo for the visitors.
Milltown-Castlemaine hit eight first-half wides with the breeze and though they registered the first two scores, Dingle were level by the 22nd minute when Cathal Bambury pointed. Cathal Moriarty edged Milltown-Castlemaine in front again but points from Mikey Geaney and Brendan Kelliher put Dingle ahead for the first time at 0-4 to 0-3.
The changeover altered little. It was nip and tuck on the scoreboard, Milltown-Castlemaine centre-back Shane Murphy levelling it at five points apiece in the 38th minute.
However, poor defending allowed Dingle the chance for their goal, as even though Ryan’s first effort was blocked down, the rebound made its way out to Mikey Geaney, who finished low into the net for a 1-5 to 0-5 lead.
That advantage went out to five by the 45th minute with points from Cathal Bambury and Paul Geaney, but another point for Geaney with 10 minutes left was Dingle’s last point of normal time.
Three points from Moriarty had only two between the sides approaching full time and veteran forward Derek Twiss converted two frees to send the game to extra time at 1-8 to 0-11.
Even though Dingle substitute Joe Sheehy scored the first point of extra-time, Milltown/Castlemaine surged as Moriarty levelled matters. The subsequent kick-out made its way back into the home side’s hands and David Roche made a cracking run and finish for the goal that put them 1-12 to 1-9 ahead, four minutes into the first period of extra time.
Back came Dingle, however, with three unanswered points from Bambury, David Geaney (returning to the club this year after a spell in Meath) and Johnny B Brosnan to make it level at 1-12 apiece at the end of the first period.
The second period was fractious and tetchy, Moriarty’s ninth point being cancelled out by Paul Geaney’s composure which ensured a replay for Dingle on home turf.
C Moriarty (0-9, 4f), D Roche (1-0), D Twiss (0-2, 2f), P Wren and S Murphy (0-1 each).
M Geaney (1-1), P Geaney (0-4, 2f), C Bambury (0-3), D Ryan, B Kelliher, J Sheehy, D Geaney, and JB Brosnan (0-1 each).
C Leane; J Flynn, D Murphy, P Carroll; D Roche, S Murphy, P Wren; M Burke, B Delaney; C Kelliher, D Kelliher, J Hayes; C Moriarty, M Mangan, J Blennerhassett.
: D Twiss for Hayes (half time), N Colgan for Carroll (half time), N Wren for Flynn (49), J O’Sullivan for Burke (57), J Hayes for C Kelliher (extra time), S Roche for P Wren (extra time).
S Flaherty; M Flannery, P O’Connor, C O’Sullivan; G Curran, B Kelliher, Patrick Devane; B O’Sullivan, D Ryan; M Flaherty, M Geaney, Paul Devane, C Bambury, P Geaney, M Evans.
J Sheehy for Flaherty (half time), B Devane for Evans (half time), J B Brosnan for C O’Sullivan (40), D Geaney for Ryan (45), T O’Sullivan for Flannery (extra-time), T B Brosnan for Patrick Devane (extra-time) and Patrick Devane for Kelliher (extra-time).
D Casey (Scartaglin).