Eoin’s brother Paul had a goal for Mullinahone after 14 minutes but goals by Pádraig Hayes and Philip Ivers helped Ballingarry to lead 2-9 to 1-11 at the break.
Ballingarry extended their lead to three points early in the second half, but then five unanswered points sent Mullinahone clear and they held off Ballingarry’s best efforts to get on terms in an exciting finish. Mullinahone will meet Killenaule in the final.
Kelly’s return was a boost for Mullinahone for whom Sean Curran was star of the show, with Paul Curran, Kevin Bolger, and Luke Mullally also prominent. Ballingarry contributed greatly to a fine contest with Philip Ivers, Adrian Cleere, Dickie Norton and James Logue their main men.
Countyman Michael Quinlivan gave a virtuoso performance as Conmel Commercials overwhelmed J K Brackens in the county SFC on a 7-12 to 1-13 scoreline at Boherlahan. The U21 star had bagged a hat-trick of goals inside 23 minutes, his first from a penalty after four minutes. With Richie Carroll also finding the Brackens net, Commercials led 4-3 to 0-4 at that stage.
J K Brackens rallied at the end of the half and helped by a Colin O’Riordan goal, trailed by only five points at the break, 1-7 to 4-3. However, Commercials hit another purple patch early in the second half, registering 1-6 without reply in 12 minutes to lead 5-11 to 1-10, the goal by Jason Lonergan.
In the closing minutes Commercials had further goals from subs Ian Barnes and Shane Flynn to round off a very impressive performance.
Quinlivan scored 3-8 and was the star attraction but Seamus Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, Jamie Peters and Páidí Whyte also excelled. Colin O’Rirodan was Brackens’ top performer with Shane Scully, Cathal Scully, and Lorcan Egan also to the fore.
Cahir clinched their place in the closing stages with a comprehensive 4-14 to 0-6 win over a depleted Moyne-Templetuohy, who have lost several regulars to America for the summer months. Ardfinnan also recorded a good win, beating Ballyporeen 1-17 to 0-11.