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Results – Cork Senior Football Premiership Semi Final
- Nemo Rangers 1-16 Ballincollig 0-9
- St Finbarr’s 2-17 Castlehaven 1-16
THEY HAVE SHARED the last five Cork senior titles between them and in that sense it is only fitting that Nemo Rangers and St Finbarr’s will battle it out for this year’s decider in the battle for supremacy in county football.
The Páirc Uí Chaoimh double ended with St. Finbarr’s, the defending champions, seeing off Castlehaven with four points to spare. That second game was a pulsating affair that was only really decided when Brian Hayes scored in the 56th minute to put the game out of Castlehaven’s reach.
Nemo Rangers enjoyed an easier route to success in their opening game, their knack for knock-out scenarios on display as they beat Ballincollig by ten points.
The result supports St Finborough’s ambitions of a senior county double. They last appeared in both finals in the same season in 1993 and it is 40 years since they last won both titles. The dream of stardom is still alive for four of Modern Football’s rookies (Jamie Burns, Billy Hennessy, Ethan Toomey and Brian Hayes), while Ben O’Connor has come off the bench to be another double star.
The Cahalan brothers were defeated on the football front today but will rejoin St Finborough’s hurling camp two weeks after county final day.
The forwards of both teams were solid today, with Luke Connolly smashing the ball with 1-6 for Nemo, a tally later matched by Stephen Sherlock at Bars, all his tallies on the board in open play.
Sherlock’s most critical intervention came in the 48th minute when he fired a shot into the roof of the net. On a day where St. Finbarr’s failed to convert many scoring chances, their first green flag saw the scoreline read 1-16 to 1-13. With the teams level nine times in the first half and three times in the third quarter, the tense nature of the contest hinted that extra time and penalties could be on the cards, just as they were in the two hit-out clashes Castlehaven and St Finbarr’s served in the last two semi-final meetings.
In the 27th minute, Michael Hurley scored a superb goal for Castlehaven to give them the three points. However, St Finbarr’s grabbed the three points to end the half with the teams level at 1-8 to 0-11 at the break.
Sherlock kicked five first-half points from play to finish 1-6, but there were other valuable returns of points for the winners. Brian Hayes scored 1-2, while Cillian Myers-Murray and Eoin McGreevy each had three points.
The Hurley brothers led the charge for Castlehaven with Brian kicking 0-8 and Michael grabbing 1-2, while Cathal Maguire kicked three excellent points.
McGreevy and Iain Maguire split the Castlehaven backline with four minutes remaining, allowing Hayes to slip through, round the keeper and calmly slot home the goal that wrapped up this victory for St Finborough’s, which also saw Sam Ryan make a brilliant save at the end to keep out Mark Collins on goal.
- Scorers for St. Finbarr’s: Stephen Sherlock 1-6, Brian Hayes 1-2 (scored 0-1), Cillian Myers-Murray 0-3, Eoin McGreevy 0-3, Enda Dennehy 0-2, Jamie Burns 0-1.
- Scorers for Castlehaven: Brian Hurley 0-8 (0-5f), Michael Hurley 1-2, Cathal Maguire 0-3, Robbie Minihane 0-1, Andrew Welton 0-1.
Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO
A fifth title since 2015 remains within reach of regular Cork kings Nemo as a formidable second half shows how they storm into the 2022 decider. They may have lost to Ballincollig at this stage six years ago, but there was no slip up here as they took this game in stride after the break.
Connolly’s clear shot into the net from the penalty spot in the 44th minute had the feel of a game-defining score, the opening created by Mark Cronin’s terrific run that beat the cover before being fouled. This put Nemo 1-11 to 0-8 ahead and indeed they beat Ballincollig by 1-7 to 0-1 after 36 minutes.
Connolly finished the game as top scorer with some fine displays of ball-handling, while Conor Horgan caught the eye in the second half with three clean sheets.
Ballincollig’s first half saw some impressive scores of their own, Chayan Dorgan and Darren Murphy both bagging a brace from play. The teams were tied twice in the first half and both had moments of advantage on the scoreboard.
Nemo raced into a 0-7 to 0-6 lead at the interval before the teams traded two points at the start of the second half, Ballincollig’s efforts in style registered by attacking full-backs Cheian Kiely and Luke Fahey.
But then the competitive nature of the contest faded, Nemo’s advantage became more pronounced as they racked up points and Ballincollig were unable to get the goals they wanted as Nemo’s rearguard held firm.
- Scorers for Nemo Rangers: Luke Connolly 1-6 (0-3f, 1-0 pen, 0-1 ’45), Conor Horgan 0-3, Barry O’Driscoll 0-2, Mark Cronin 0-1 (0-1f), Jack Horgan 0 -1, Alan O’Donovan 0-1, Barry Cripps 0-1, Kevin O’Donovan 0-1.
- Scorers for Ballincollig: Chayan Kiely 0-2, Darren Murphy 0-2, Chayan Dorgan 0-2, Seán Kiely 0-1, Darragh O’Mahony 0-1, Seán Kiely 0-1.