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Declan Dalton burying a penalty past Alan Kennedy in Imokilly's win over Sars. Picture: Larry Cummins.
Declan Dalton burying a penalty past Alan Kennedy in Imokilly's win over Sars. Picture: Larry Cummins.
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Driving rain and a determined Sars still couldn't halt Imokilly hurlers' march 

ANOTHER box successfully ticked for Imokilly, and another step on the road that they hope will end with another Cork County SHC title.

After their quarter-final victory over Sarsfields last Saturday night, team boss, Fergal Condon, was satisfied with a job well done.

Sars did not help their cause by shooting ten first-half wides, but once Imokilly found their rhythm, thereafter it was pretty much plain sailing.

“I thought that we put in a fantastic shift there in the first half. We had to dig in, because Sars came at us very strong.

“Our fellas defended well, I thought. We made them shoot from far out, which is always a help.

“Sars had to earn their scores and we turned over a pile of ball in that period and managed to bring it out.

“We got a few good scores ourselves and went in at half-time and that was very pleasing.’’

There was little or nothing between the sides at the break, but it was the reigning champions who moved up a few gears, when they came back out.

“Our focus was to get a good start to the second half,” Condon told the Echo.

“In fairness to Bill Cooper, he won a great ball from the off and Samie Harnedy set us on our way.

“It certainly was not a night for classy hurling, but we are very happy to get out of here with the victory.

“I thought we did very well, in what were very bad conditions with the heavy rain.” 

 Tadhg Óg Murphy, Sars, in an aerial challenge with Brian Lawton, Imokilly. Picture: Larry Cummins.
Tadhg Óg Murphy, Sars, in an aerial challenge with Brian Lawton, Imokilly. Picture: Larry Cummins.

Next up, in the semi-final, are the ’Barrs and the Imokilly team boss will give them full respect and will be aware that they cannot take anything for granted.

“We are all aware of the Barrs. They are a serious club and we know that. I grew up watching the Barrs winning county titles, Munster and All-Ireland club titles, left, right and centre, both in hurling and in football.

“They had some of the biggest legends to ever wear their jersey and fair play to them for getting to the semi-final.

“I have no doubt that they will have a serious cut off us. We played them in a challenge earlier in the season, in Togher, and I was impressed with them.

“I am under no illusions at how good they can be and we must be ready for that challenge.”

Overall, Condon was happy with how it had gone.

“The conditions were atrocious out there, for both teams, but I was happy with how we applied ourselves, especially there in the second half, when they deteriorated.

“We finished up with 1-17, which was good scoring, I thought, on the night and we conceded only 10 points. Yes, very happy with that and now we’ll move on and see how the next challenge goes for us.”