A great day for the Barrs as intermediate footballers follow up on senior success

A great day for the Barrs as intermediate footballers follow up on senior success
St Finbarr's Robert O'Mahony showed his experience and sheer class in the win over Glenville. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

St Finbarr’s 1-15 Glenville 1-11 

ST Finbarr’s came out on top against Glenville in this Bon Secours Cork Intermediate A Football Championship game at Carraig na bhFear.

Having beaten Carrigaline at senior earlier in the day, the Barrs' second team needed a victory to stay in the mix for the knockout stages at this grade. The Blues had some experienced players in their ranks, including Robert O'Mahony, Eoghan Finn and Paul Kennedy, who all got on the scoresheet.

The opening half was a competitive affair, Finn and Bill O’Connell opening the scoring, before Josh Cooke responded with a couple of frees.

O’Mahony then slotted over a free for the Barrs, with Colm McCarthy and Marc Griffin adding to the Togher club's tally before Cooke replied again.

After the opening water break, O’Mahony converted another St Finbarr’s point. While Shane Field scored an impressive Glenville point, while another Cooke free saw the teams level at 0-6 apiece.

Glenville then got another coolly converted free through that man Cooke, with O’Mahony scoring again for the Barrs.

Glenville held a tight advantage at the break at 0-8 to 0-7, courtesy of a late point in first-half stoppage time.

St Finbarr’s levelled things up through another O’Mahony score, that was before the same man put his team in front.

But then Glenville found the back of the net, courtesy of a clinical close-range finish by Sean Desmond.

The St Finbarr’s men responded well though, through Cian Madden and Paul Kennedy scores to edge back into the lead.

Madden and Finn added further scores for the Barr’s and along with a late Andrew Turner goal, they were to hang on and secure the victory.

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: R O’Mahony 0-5 (0-2 f), A Turner 1-0, C Madden 0-3, E Finn 0-2, F O’Shea, P Kennedy, B O’Connell, C McCarthy (f), M Griffin 0-1 each. 

Glenville: J Cooke 0-8 (0-6 f), S Desmond 1-0, S Field 0-2, PJ Dennehy 0-1.

ST FINBARR’S: J McDonnell; P Kennedy, C Davey, J Neville; M Griffin, A Lyne, C McCarthy; L Hannigan, E Finn; B O’Connell, D O’Sullivan, D Scannell; S Cunningham, R O’Mahony, C Madden.

Subs: F O’Shea for Cunningham (23), A Turner for Scannell (26), C O’Sullivan for D O’Sullivan (h-t), C Buckley for Griffin (44), I O’Callaghan for O’Mahony (47).

GLENVILLE: D Quirke; M Murphy, M Kennedy, S O’Reilly; N Cahill, E Delahunt, D Farrell; K O’Neill, W Connolly; D McCarthy, PJ Dennehy, C Cronin; J Cooke, S Desmond, S Field.

Subs: A Murphy for Kennedy, D O’Donovan for Cahill (both h-t), D Dennehy for Cronin (35) , A Desmond for Connolly (37), J Gowen for PJ Dennehy (45).

Referee: Aidan Hyland

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