St Finbarr’s 0-14 Carrigaline 2-6
St Finbarrs secured their second win in Group 2 of the Premier 2 MFC to move towards the semi-finals.
A pair of nerveless frees from Ethan Twomey and Ben O’Connor in injury time was enough to earn the Barrs a two-point victory which should see them reach the knockout stages.
Carrigaline were narrowly beaten in their first game back since the restart as St Michael’s claimed the narrow win by 1-11 to 1-9 two weeks ago while St Finbarr’s fared better in their return fixture as they edged past Kanturk 2-9 to 2-6 on the same night.
The visitors took that form into the opening exchanges here and they opened the scoring with just three minutes on the clock thanks to a superb strike from Rian Doyle.
The match soon turned into a scrap and it wasn’t until the 13th minute that another score was registered.
But when it came it was an empathic response from Carrigaline as they grabbed the opening goal for the game with Callum Barrett bursting past his opponents before drilling the ball into the roof of the net.
The Barrs quickly hit back and two overs from Ethan Twomey — one from play and one from a free — either side of the water break levelled the scores, 1-0 to 0-3.
The Blue and Yellows looked the more dangerous side going forward and shortly after they notched their first point with a free from Jack McGrath, they blasted home their second goal through Paul Harding.
But the Togher men again showed their spirit, scoring four without reply to level terms at the beginning of the second period, 0-7 to 2-1.
The two teams would be level on five more occasions before the end of normal time but Carrig losing Callum Barrett to the sin bin late on proved to be crucial as Twomey and O’Connor converted the decisive set pieces to win it for the Barrs.
Scorers for St Finbarrs: E Twomey 0-6 (0-3 f), B O’Connor 0-5 (0-4 f), R Doyle 0-2, W Buckley 0-1.
Carrigaline: R McCarthy 0-4 (0-3 f), C Barrett and P Harding 1-0 each, J McGrath (f), P McBarron 0-1 each.
ST FINBARRS: C Sexton; S Kennedy, JJ O’Connor, M Nason; R O’Sullivan, R Fitzpatrick, M Ryan; E Twomey, B Cunningham; C Doolan, B O’Connor, G Gowen; R Doyle, A Buckley, W Buckley.
Subs: S Osubar-Kennedy for G Gowen (46), C Ryan for R Doyle (61).
CARRIGALINE: C Dungan; N O’Keefe, C O’Herlihy, R Kenneally; C Barrett, F O’Connell, A Brennan; P Mellot, P McBarron; K Barry, J McGrath, P Harding; R McCarthy, C O’Mahony, A Delaney.
Subs: E Landers for A Delaney (37), D Kelly for K Barry (47), R Williams for C O’Mahony (61).
Referee: Ted Hayes (Éire Óg).