Three teams left in mix for U21 football glory after St Michael’s defeat the Barrs

Three teams left in mix for U21 football glory after St Michael’s defeat the Barrs
St Michael's David Hurley shoots from St Finbarr's Michael Ahern in the U21 A football quarter-final. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

St Michael’s 4-15 St Finbarr’s 1-8

CHRISTMAS Day on the horizon but there was still Cork U21 A Football Championship action on the agenda at the Páirc Uí Chaoimh 4G on Saturday afternoon.

St Michael’s were highly impressive in booking a place against Kilshanning in the semi-final, with Ballincollig awaiting the winners in the decider in early January.

St Michael’s booked their place in the last four of courtesy of this well deserved victory over St Finbarr’s.

The gauntlet was thrown down right away from Michael’s, getting a goal after a clinically-taken strike by David Hurley, who plays League Of Ireland soccer with Cobh Ramblers.

Hurley was on song throughout the opening period and while Barrs nabbed an early point, Michael’s kept the scoreboard ticking over courtesy.

Well-taken points by Diarmuid Cormack, Fiachra Cronin and Billy Cain gave them a firm grip on the game, before two more goals before the break.

A slick team move was finished off to the net neatly by Cormack before Liam Grainger also raised a green flag.

St Finbarr’s Dara O’Sullivan responded but they were 3-8 to the 0-3 down at half-time.

Diarmuid Cormack is tackled by St Finbarr's Shane Dwane and Cathal Crowley. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Diarmuid Cormack is tackled by St Finbarr's Shane Dwane and Cathal Crowley. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The Barrs got a goal through O’Sullivan on the rebound after Jamie Lennihan saw his penalty attempt saved.

But they were unable to make much more of a dent into their opposition and in the end, St Michael’s got over the finishing line with a very good bit to spare.

Cain, Hurley, Cormack and Adam Hennessy all added more scores for the dominant winners.

That was before Michael’s got a fourth goal when Eoin O’Donovan confidently dispatched his effort from close range.

In the end, this was a comprehensive victory for St Michael’s, one which they can reflect on over their helpings of Christmas Day turkey.

The Dazzlers’ clash with Kilshanning takes place next weekend, with the county final against Ballincollig, who defeated Éire Óg some time ago, is set for the first weekend in January.

Scorers for St Michael’s: D Hurley(0-2 f) 1-4, D Cormack 1-3, L Grainger 1-1, E O’Donovan 1-0, B Cain, A Hennessy, T Deasy 0-2 each, F Cronin 0-1.

St Finbarr’s: D O’Sullivan (0-4 f) 1-5, C Barrett 0-2, B Hayes 0-1.

St MICHAEL’S: C Denn: J Golden, O O’Sullivan, R Coleman: D Corkery, D Cormack, T Lenihan: B Cain, F Cronin: A Hennessy, T Deasy, L Grainger: D Hurley, E O’Donovan, A Connolly.

Subs: C Adams for O’Sullivan(HT), P Leneghan for Connolly (42), P Cunningham for Cain, S Green for Cormack (both 50), T Murphy for Coleman (52).

St FINBARR’S: D Moran: M Ahern, E O’Regan, S Dwane: B O’Connell, C McCarthy, C O’Sullivan: B Hayes, A Turner: J Buttimer, C Barrett, J Lennihan: F O’Connor, L Hannigan, D O’Sullivan.

Subs: E Twomey for Hannigan (25), S Cunningham for O’Connor (50).

Referee: Cormac Dineen (Douglas).

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