FERGAL O'Leary was thrilled to score the winning point which enabled his side Inniscarra to secure a dramatic victory against Blackrock after their second-round PIHC game played in Ballinora last Sunday evening.
The talented corner-forward who recorded five points from play throughout, scored in injury time to help his side record a victory on a full-time scoreline of 2-14 to 1-16. O'Leary was delighted to play his part in their victory which maintains their hopes of progressing out of their group.
“It was nice to score the winning point.
"We were under huge pressure from Blackrock. We knew we had to win.
"It was a very exciting finish. It was nice to finish on top.
"We just about held on for a vital win,” declared the ace forward.
Blackrock who were reduced to 14 men in the 45th minute, trailed by six points entering the final quarter. They produced a dramatic revival in the closing stages, however, which enabled them to restore parity with full-time approaching.
“They are a very talented team. They have lots of very good players.
"They are a very strong and successful club. All their players are playing for places on their first team. We knew that we would have to play well to win.
"They came at us very strongly in the closing stages. We held our nerve to edge home in the finish.”
Inniscarra enjoyed a great start to the second half.
They netted two goals in the opening six minutes through Colm Casey and Owen McCarthy.
"It was important we got a good start to the second half. It set us up nicely for the win. Colm got a great goal. He finished it very well. He is a great player.
"Owen was very good. He has great movement and pace. He took his goal nicely.
"Colm and Owen are very important players for us.”
Cork senior star Sean O’Donoghue was also in good form from his midfield berth.
His surging runs and accuracy from set-pieces were a key factor in their triumph. Naturally, he enjoys playing with the Rebel star.
“He is a great player. He is a great leader.
"He is a great ambassador. He is an inspirational player.”
Inniscarra will now play Castlelyons in their final group game, knowing a win will effectively secure their place in the latter stages of the championship.
“We will train hard over the next few weeks. They are a fine side. We will prepare well.”