The Barrs hurlers impress on way past Valleys to U21 hurling decider

The Barrs hurlers impress on way past Valleys to U21 hurling decider
Ethan Twomey, St. Finbarrs breaking past Glen Rovers players Ryan Long and Danny Murphy in a P1 minor hurling tie. Picture: Dan Linehan

St Finbarr’s 2-21 Valley Rovers 1-16

ST FINBARR’S are into the decider of the Cork Premier 2 U21 Hurling Championship after defeating Valley Rovers in this semi-final clash on the 4G surface at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

This was an impressive display from the city side, who worked well to come out on top against what was a spirited showing from Valleys on Saturday evening last.

In the quarter-final stages, the Barrs had a thrilling victory over Carrigaline, while Valleys overcame a stern test at the hands of Charleville.

The opening half of hurling was generally tit for that, with neither side keen to give the other the edge.

Scores were exchanged throughout the opening thirty minutes of action between the pair. St Finbarr’s were to slot over early points courtesy of Bill O’Connell and Jack Cahalane, while Valleys responded in kind through well-taken points by Robert S Sweetnam.

That was a trend that would continue for a good portion of this contest, as this game continued to prove gripping for those that were watching on as spectators.

After a pulsating opening half of hurling, the teams were level pegging at 0-10 apiece at the half time break.

The Barr’s came out impressively at upon the resumption, scoring eight of the next eleven points in the contest at the start of the second half.

When Cahalane found the net, St Finbarr’s looked in a commanding position. But Valleys would convert for a goal of their own through Conor Taheny to reduce the gap down to five with 12 minutes remaining.

To cap off a fine evening the second goal was a cracker of a finish by O’Connell which went in off the underside of the crossbar.

They had a real fire in their belly and this was in clear evidence looking at the Barrs’ performance as a collective.

St Finbarr’s will have to wait and see who their opposition shall be in the decider.

The final is currently set for Sunday, December 14 at 3pm in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: B O’Connell (0-4 f) 1-5, J Cahalane 1-4, E Twomey 0-4, J O’Brien, L Hannigan 0-3 each, J O’Kelly, S Cunningham 0-1 each.

Valley Rovers: RS Sweetnam (0-6 f) 0-8, C Taheny 1-1, R O’Sullivan, J Callanan 0-2 each, D O’Shea, A Kenneally, P Hurley 0-1 each.

St FINBARR’S: J McCarthy: E O’Regan, M Aherne, J Ryan: E Healy, C McCarthy, C Barrett: E Twomey, J Buttimer: J Cahalane, L Hannigan, J O’Kelly: J O’Brien, C O’Flynn, B O’Connell.

Subs: S Cunningham for O’Flynn (h-t), W Flood for Buttimer (53).

VALLEY ROVERS: C Lyons: B McCarthy, M O’Leary, S Lynch: C Kilduff, W Hurley, D O’Shea: A O’Leary, J Callinan: P Hurley, A Kenneally, R O’Sullivan: C Taheny, M Savic, RS Sweetnam.

Subs: E Crowley for Sweetnam (44), B Hoey for Savic (51), C O’Sullivan for Hurley (53).

Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).

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