Last year’s county champions O’Donovan Rossa were knocked out at the Carbery U21AFC semi-final stage on Saturday at Leap.
Bantry produced a final sprint to outscore the champions in a contest where substitute Ciarán Darcy kicked over a late winning point to send the Blues through to a meeting with the winners of Clonakilty and Castlehaven in the final.
Bantry started in swashbuckling style with David Power goaling inside the first minute. Mark Delaney followed with a point but they became too dependant on freetaker Rory Deane for scores. Points from attackers, Jonathan and Kevin Davis pulled Skibbereen back level.
Donal Óg Hodnett converted a free to ease Skibb ahead before Jack O’Donovan extended their lead after a goal-bound Kevin Davis effort took the combined efforts of Donal Casey and Shane Edgeworth to save. Rory Deane ended a 25-minute Bantry scoring drought and Skibb managed just a single score in the final 20 minutes from corner back David Hazel. This, along with a storming Bantry finish, proved to be their undoing.
Scorers for Bantry: D Power 1-2 (2fs), R Deane 0-4fs, M Delaney 0-2, D Daly, C Darcy 0-1 each.
Scorers for O’Donovan Rossa: J Davis, D Óg Hodnett (2fs) 0-3 each, K Davis 0-2, T Hegarty, G Minihane, J O’Donovan, D Hazel 0-1 each.
BANTRY: D Casey; C O’Leary, D O’Sullivan, S Edgeworth; C Power, C O’Sullivan, T O’Brien; M Delaney, R Deane; D Daly, A Keane, G O’Shea; J Murphy, T Downey, D Power.
Subs: S Delaney for C O’Sullivan, G Hurley for D Daly, C Darcy for A Keane.
O’DONOVAN ROSSA: P Rossiter; E O’Donovan, S Hourihane, D Hazel; M Collins, P Crowley, J O’Driscoll; G Minihane, C McCarthy; J Davis, D Óg Hodnett, K Davis; T Hegarty, J O’Donovan, H Leonard.
Subs: D O’Regan for S Hourihane, D Breen for C McCarthy.
Referee: E Sheehy (Newcestown).
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