Castlehaven and Nemo Rangers will have to do it all over again after this tense draw where both teams had chances to go ahead in injury-time.
Mark Collins argued his shot was good only for Conor Lane’s umpires to judge it had tailed wide. Collins’ inter-county team-mate Barry O’Driscoll had kicked an effort wide just beforehand when it appeared Nemo were set to sneak it.
Castlehaven led 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time but found themselves in arrears in the 39th minute when Paul Kerrigan, who was later sent off for a second yellow card offence, sent over his second point in the space of eight minutes.
Haven restored their lead in the 48th minute via Michael Hurley and then went two up as Micheál Aodh Martin was called on to deny a Collins shot that was goal-bound before he pushed it over the bar. Martin was again excellent when stopping Brian Hurley another strike heading for the net.
Dylan Mehigan restored parity for Nemo in the 58th minute and there was no score for the remaining four minutes of play although Lane played less than the additional three minutes that had been signalled.
The deployment of Colin O’Brien as a sweeper in front of Haven danger-man Brian Hurley had blunted a lot of their attacks in the opening quarter. Haven dominated possession but the supply into Hurley was poor or not sticking while their shooting from distance was average, their nine first half wides testament to that fact.
The first score from play didn’t come until the 13th minute when Mark Collins opened Haven’s account although Nemo had three to their name by then, James Masters curling over a couple of frees after Luke Connolly had kicked over a 45 in the sixth minute. Connolly, though, was forced off with a foot injury in the 16th minute.
Barry O’Driscoll brought Nemo’s total to four in the 15th minute but they didn’t augment their score for another 16 minutes when wing-back Ross Donovan’s kick bounced on top of the bar and over it. In the meantime, Haven had got the measure of their opponents especially around the centre, Hurley kicking over a brace of frees while Collins was involved in most of what was good about their play.
Collins’ fisted point in the 29th minute after Shane Nolan had put Castlehaven ahead for the first time had given them a deserved two-point advantage and it remained that way at the break as Damien Cahalane arrowed over a long-range score to cancel out Donovan’s effort.
Scorers for Castlehaven: B Hurley (frees), M Collins (0-3 each); M Hurley (0-2); S Nolan, D Cahalane (0-1 each).
Scorers for Nemo Rangers: B O’Driscoll (0-3, 1 free); J Masters (frees), P Kerrigan (0-2 each); L Connolly (45), J Donovan (0-1 each).
Subs for Castlehaven: D Hurley for S Collins (39); G Cahalane for S Hurley (47); D Hegarty for S Nolan (53); B Twomey for D Mehigan (59).
Subs for Nemo Rangers: C Dalton for L Connolly (inj, 16); C Horgan for J Masters (48); D O’Donovan for A O’Reilly (53); S Martin for J Donovan (57).
Red card: P Kerrigan (59, second yellow).
CASTLEHAVEN: P Hurley; R Whelton, D Limrick, T O’Leary; J O’Regan, D Cahalane, C Hayes; M Collins, S Dineen; S Collins, S Hurley, S Cahalane; M Hurley, B Hurley, S Nolan.
NEMO RANGERS: MA Martin; A Cronin, A O’Reilly, C O’Shea; J Donovan, T Ó Sé, K Fulignati; D Niblock, A O’Donovan; C O’Brien, B O’Driscoll, D Mehigan; J Masters, P Kerrigan, L Connolly.
Referee: C Lane (Banteer/Lyre)