Elsewere in the weekend’s games, Cappamore reached the IHC semi-final with a win against Kildimo-Pallaskenry, Claughaun reached the IFC final with a three point win over Bruff and in the other semi-final, Oola beat St Senans. Here is a round up of all the action.
Knockainey returned to senior hurling at the first time of asking thanks to a seven point win against Garryspillane in the Premier IHC semi-final. Natal O’Grady’s side didn’t have this game all their own way as Garryspillane went into half time with a one point lead on a score of 0-8 to 0-7. However Knockainey upped the pace in the second half and Garryspillane had no answer to Jason Lonergan’s 48th minute goal. Final score was 1-13 to 0-9.
Cappamore will face Mungret in the IHC semi-final after they overcame Kildimo-Pallaskenry in the quarter-final replay on a score of 3-14 to 3-11. Andy Murphy proved to be their hero, scoring 2-1 in the second half. Kildimo-Pallaskenry actually led by six points with 20 minutes remaining but had no answer to Murphy. With the game in the melting pot, Bill Creamer sealed Cappamore’s win with a goal in the final minute.
Claughaun qualified for the IFC final they accounted for Bruff by 1-10 to 0-10 in Caherconlish. Evan Shine was the outstanding player on the field, scoring 1-4 of his side’s total. This was always a tight game and Bruff actually went into half time up by 0-5 to 0-3. Claughuan thundered into the second half and Shine’s penalty proving the ultimate score of the game. The moving of Pat McGarry from full back to midfield solidified the defence and helped see Claughuan through.
Oola will be Claughaun’s opposition in the final after they beat St Senans by 3-8 to 1-10, It was an outstanding comeback from Oola who were down by seven points after 18 minutes. It was the introduction of U-21 hurling star Richie English that completely changed the course of the game for Oola. St Senan’s were unable to deal with English who scored 1-1 after being introduced. Ian Bourke and Pakie Bourke accounted for Oola’s other goals and saw them through to this weekend’s football.