A mouth-watering West Cork derby awaits in the semi-final of the Cork SFC after Castlehaven dethroned Ballincollig in one of three quarter-finals played this weekend.
The Haven will meet their neighbours and rivals O’Donovan Rossa from Skibbereen on Oct 4th after ending Ballincollig’s reign in Dunmanway on Saturday night.
Cork’s Brian Hurley contributed 1-6, his brothers Michael (0-3) and Stephen (0-1) as the Haven edged Ballincollig 1-14 to 1-11 in a high tempo clash. Castlehaven recovered from the concession of an early Ballincollig penalty, converted by Cian Dorgan to lead 1-7 to 1-3 at the interval. Hurley’s goal in the 23rd minute was an opportunist effort, as he fisted the ball past keeper Jack Gibbons.
Ballincollig carried their crown proudly however, and three points after half-time from Dorgan, JP Murphy and Paddy Kelly reduced the deficit to a point.
However Castlehaven responded in kind, as 18-year-old Michael Hurley started to make an impact. He claimed three valuable second half points, and his inter county brother Brian had the luxury of pointing a last minute penalty - which he himself had won - to give the Haven a 1-14 to 1-11 success.
Three of the four senior football semi-finalists in Cork are from the west of the county. On Sunday, Carbery Rangers had an unexpectedly easy passage to the last four, as they defeated a disappointing Duhallow divisional outfit 1-16 to 1-7 at Pairc Ui Rinn.
The Rosscarbery men positioned Cork’s John O’Rourke at corner forward and it paid dividends as he grabbed 1-4 in the first half alone, his goal a fisted effort in the 10th minute.
It took Duhallow until the 22nd minute to register a score, and they struggled throughout to counter Rangers’ fluid movement. Donncha O’Connor fisted a 38th minute goal for the division, but a minute later he was sent off for a second yellow card offence. With it went any chance of a Duhallow revival. O’Rourke finished with 1-5, his former Cork colleague Kevin McMahon catching the eye too with 0-3.
Nemo Rangers strolled into the semi with a comprehensive 5-11 to 0-3 defeat of St Nicks at Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday. Three first half goals in as many minutes from Paul Kerrigan gave the city club a 4-3 to 0-0 half time lead, Barry O’Driscoll setting them on the way with the opening goal. Conor Horgan grabbed the fifth in a pedestrian second period. They will now meet Carbery Rangers in the second semi on October 4th.
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