St Finbarr’s 2-20 Carrigaline 1-10
STEVEN Sherlock kicked 1-11 as St Finbarr’s proved too strong for Carrigaline in Group A of the Bon Secours Cork PSFC at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
They laid the foundation in the first half, seven points in front at the break. They piled on the scores in the second period while also restricting Carrigaline to two points early on. The Carrigdhoun side closed with 1-3.
The day belonged to the Blues with the exception of an opening 10 minutes that was close. They sit top of the group now with four points, while Clonakilty and Ballincollig are on two points.
The sides were level 0-2 each after seven minutes before St Finbarr’s started to get on top. Sherlock, who landed some outrageous scores, bagged three on the trot, followed by a brace from the centre-forward and there was one from midfielder Colm Keane. All of a sudden the gap stretched to six points.
As well, Ian Giltinan saved a Eoghan McGreevey goal-bound shot and earlier smothered a Sherlock effort.
Carrigaline were under pressure but responded from the best forward Eanna Desmond.
The Barrs had plenty of firepower and four points in succession left them 0-12 to 0-5 ahead at the short whistle.
St Finbarr’s were in the driving seat and pushed on upon the resumption. From Sam Ryan, Jamie Burns and Glen O’Connor in the full back line up to McGreevey at corner-forward they rarely put a foot wrong.
Giltinan was forced into another save but he couldn’t do anything about the free-flowing movement throughout the field as they went 0-15 to 0-7 clear.
When Myers Murray netted at the three-quarter mark (set up by Sherlock) it was a case of how much they would win by. Sherlock’s goal came in stoppage, three minutes before Killian McIntyre found the range for Carrigaline.
Scorers for St Finbarr’s: S Sherlock (1-11, 0-2 f, 0-2 45s), C Myers Murray (1-4), B Hayes (0-2), C Lyons, C Keane and E McGreevey (0-1 each).
Carrigaline: E Desmond (0-6, 0-2 f), K McIntyre (1-1), J McCarthy (f), S Dwane and O Barry (0-1 each).
ST FINBARR’S: P O’Neill; S Ryan, J Burns, G O’Connor; C Lyons, A O’Connor, C Scully; I Maguire, C Keane; C Barrett, S Sherlock, C Walsh; C Myers Murray, B Hayes, E McGreevey.
Subs: O Murphy for C Lyons (40), D O’Brien for S Ryan (46), M Shields for C Keane (50), C Keane for J Burns (50 inj).
CARRIGALINE: I Giltinan; N Quirke, S Dwane, P Ronayne; Kieran Kavanagh, D Griffin, L Boyle; Kevin Kavanagh, D Greene; O Barry, J McCarthy, B Pope; E Desmond, K O’Reilly, C Barry.
Subs: C Barrett for O Barry, K McIntyre for K O’Reilly, K Dwane for D Greene (all half-time), A Coholan for P Ronayne (45 inj).
Referee: Alan Long (Argideen Rangers).