FR O’Neill’s, Enniskeane, Aghabullogue and Ballyhea advanced to the last four of the SE Systems Intermediate championship at the weekend.
The semi-final pairings are Aghabullogue v Ballyhea and Fr O’Neill’s v Enniskeane.
The opening game in Castle Road saw Fr O’Neill’s lay the foundation for success with three first-half goals, Ciara O’Doherty, Kate Harrington, and Deirdre Corcoran hitting the all-important scores after Kilbrittain/Timoleague had got a good start with two early points.
Eight minutes in with the sides level Kate Harrington fired a low shot to the net and, continuing to hold the upper hand, they added points with Keelagh Cullinane and Clodagh Finn finding the range.
Doherty added O’Neill’s second goal, grabbing a long range free on the edge of the square and finishing well to the net. Corcoran grabbed a third before the break for a 3-5 to 0-2 interval lead.
On the turnover O’Neill’s maintained their momentum and held the advantage as they ran out winners on a 4-7 to 0-6 scoreline with Finn hitting their fourth goal midway through the half.
A tremendous second half fight-back from Enniskeane saw them claw back a 10- point half-time deficit to defeat Blackrock by two points 1-18 to 2-15 and book their place.
Blackrock dominated the opening half and led 3-10 to 0-6 at half-time. Goals from Roisin De Faoite and Hayley Ryan helped them build up a 2-7 to 0-3 lead inside the opening quarter as the Enniskeane defence struggled to gain a grip.
With Ryan, Aine O’Farrell and Kaitlin Hickey pointing, they stayed in control as Enniskeane had Orla Cronin on target with five points while Eimear O’Brien and Orla Coughlan added one apiece.
Enniskeane, with the aid of the slight wind for the second half, were fast off the mark and they hit four points in a row before de Faoite and Kaitlin Hickey had one each for the Rockies. Enniskeane never let their head drop and continued to grow in confidence. They had Danielle Carroll and Laura Mannix on target with points as they cut the Rockies lead and it was 2-13 to 0-12 at the second water break with 12 minutes remaining.
With Coughlan, Sinead Hurley, and Cronin superb they continue to drive forward at every opportunity with Coughlan working hard to get fast ball to their inside line where Sinead Hurley, Tara Sheehan, and Eimear O’Brien were troubling the Blackrock defence.
Five points without reply saw them close the gap to two with five minutes remaining. O’Brien won a good ball, found Hurley who left herself with a tight angle and attempted a point, but she shot dipped and nestled in the corner of the net to give Enniskeane the lead for the first time since the third minute.
Now Blackrock needed to respond, but they failed to breach the strong Enniskeane defence who stood firm, Cronin extended the lead with a point as Enniskeane fashioned out a superb victory.
An early Sinead Mills goal gave Brian Dillon’s a 1-3 to 0-3 advantage over Ballyhea and they stretched it with points from Emma Sharpe and Shauna Cronin before Ballyhea struck to lead 1-6 to 0-5 at the water break.
Mills and Caoimhe Rodgers cut the lead, but Ballyhea responded with a Jane Foley goal and a Ciara Harty point and held a 2-8 to 1-7 half-time lead.
Brian Dillon’s, with a Susan Kate Brosnan goal, narrowed the gap on the restart and led 3-10 to 2-11 thanks to points from Emma Sharpe and Sinead Mills.
Finishing stronger, Ballyhea with a Harty goal and points from Rachel Killeen ran out 3-15 to 3-11 winners.
Aghabullogue had excellent performances from Cliona Healy, Emma Flanagan, Ciara McCarthy, Julie Tarrant, and Joanne Crowley as they safely negotiated the challenge posed by Carrigaline in Brinny.
Leading at the interval 2-9 to 0-3 they were well in control through the second half despite the efforts of Ciara O’Leary, Ellen Twomey, Rachel O’Shea and Rachel O’Regan who battled to the finish for Carrigaline but it was Aghabullogue who ran out 4-15 to 1-6- winners.