Inniscarra move on to the senior semi final, but will need to be better to see off the Barrs

Inniscarra move on to the senior semi final, but will need to be better to see off the Barrs

High-flying Inniscarra player Aileen Sheehan jump over the Glen's Karen O'Connell and team-mate Erin Looney. Picture: Ger Bonus

Inniscarra 2-11 

Glen Rovers 2-8 

INNISCARRA meet St Finbarr's in the SE Systems senior championship semi-final after a close encounter with Glen Rovers in Castle Road.

Inniscarra will be the first to admit that they’ll need a big improvement next Saturday but having not played a championship game in six weeks the rustiness may now be behind them.

It was an uninspiring opening half from both sides. Looking jittery and stale the distribution from both Glen Rovers and Inniscarra was poor. Rena Buckley picked up Glen danger woman Katie Walsh and the flicks that made her such a successful defender were still evident. Nullifying the Glen’s top scorer from play in this year’s championship contributed much to Inniscarra’s three point win.

A very low scoring opening half, 0-4 apiece at the break, three points from play from Inniscarra and two from the Glen epitomised the struggle that this game was going through.

Karen O'Connell defends against Inniscarra's Erin Looney
Karen O'Connell defends against Inniscarra's Erin Looney

It did look as if Inniscarra were physically that bit stronger if they got flowing and had more of a scoring threat.

Inniscarra came out with the strong but swirling wind at their backs in the second half. The game picked up a bit although distribution at times was still wayward. Inniscarra looked to be pulling away on two occasions but twice the Glen came back bringing an element of excitement to an otherwise game that failed to live up to expectations.

An eight minute purple patch saw Inniscarra hit 1-4, the goal coming from an astute finish by substitute Treasa McCarthy, her introduction at half time having a big impact. 

Four points from play from Ellen Murphy (2), who was starting to cause the Glen problems, and Claudia Keane and Inniscarra led by double scores. The Glen looked in disarray as it all started to go wrong. But the free taking stick of Denise Luby brought the Blackpool side back. Her forth ninth minute free caught the Inniscarra defence napping as she rattled the net.

An inspiring Joanne Casey point steadied Inniscarra again and Ciara Ring’s goal fifty six in looked to be the nail in the coffin for the Glen. But again they refused to go away and a top class strike from Nora O’Riordan brought the gap down to three again. 

Glen Rovers' Katie Walsh makes a powerful clearance up the field.
Glen Rovers' Katie Walsh makes a powerful clearance up the field.

With the Glen in possession they defensively gave away a needless free in injury time and Casey made it 2-11 to 2-7. The Glen attacked ferociously but Inniscarra weathered the storm conceding a free out on the wing which Luby converted and it was game over.

Scorers for Inniscarra: C Keane 0-4, J Casey 0-4 (0-2 f), T McCarthy 1-0, C Ring 1-0, E Murphy 0-2, A O’Regan 0-1. 

Glen Rovers: D Luby 1-6 (1-5 f, 0-1 45), N O’Riordan 1-0, K Walsh, M Browne 0-1. 

INNISCARRA: S Walsh, A O’Regan, C Looney, A Kavanagh; C Keane, R Buckley, R O’Mahony; E Looney, K O’Mahony; J Casey, N Dilworth, A Sheehan; R Quigley, C Ring, E Murphy.

Subs: T McCarthy for N Dilworth (h/t), E O’Reilly for E Looney (52, inj), J Burke for C Ring (57).

GLEN ROVERS: L O’Riordan; C O’Brien, K Falvey, C Martin; K O’Connell, L O’Sullivan, L Callanan; T McCarthy, E Murphy; K O’Sullivan, L Cunningham, N O’Riordan; K Walsh, D Luby, M Browne.

Sub: A Wallace for K O’Sullivan (33). 

Referee: Andrew Larkin - Ballygarvan

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