Dual demands will place a strain on St Finbarr's in hurling and football

Dual demands will place a strain on St Finbarr's in hurling and football
Jamie Burns, St Finbarr's, tackles Jamie O'Sullivan, Bishopstown. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

DESPITE a satisfying victory over Bishopstown in the senior hurling championship quarter-final last weekend, and a place in the last-four for the first time in 10 years, St Finbarr’s will have to improve to beat the winners of Imokilly and Sars.

Ronan Curran, who was in defence when the ’Barr’s were beaten by Erin’s Own in their last senior semi-final, is now at the helm in Togher.

“It was not one of the greatest games of hurling, to be honest. We were not at our best and Bishopstown put it up to us.

“They are a good team and well-organised and they have a few very good young players. We were not at our best and it is as simple as that.

“We did have a few injuries coming in and it hurt us a bit.”

They will have to up the ante.

“We are there in the semi-final of the county and it has been a while since we have been there and it is a long time, especially for a club of our stature in the game.

“It is good to be back there training in jumpers and woolly hats for a county semi-final.

“Our defence has always been good and, to be fair, they are solid.”

But St Finbarr’s are set to be without veteran defender Glenn O’Connor in the semi-final.

“Glenn O’Connor got a bad belt there now and probably broke his collar bone. The lads fought hard and it is difficult with the football and the hurling, as we are mixing and matching.”

The club footballers have a tough quarter-final on the horizon against Nemo.

“Fellows are getting injured playing football, and stuff like that, and it kind of hurts us.

”Hopefully, now, the County Board do the right thing and give us a full two weeks to prepare, because Imokilly, or whoever it is, as Imokilly are playing Sars, get plenty of chances not to be playing on days that their intermediates are playing.

“We would fully appreciate the two-week gap, after our footballers, to prepare properly for a county semi-final, which the competition deserves, as well.”

St Finbarr’s hurling chairman, Mick Finn, felt it was an “extremely tough game.”

“Bishopstown put it right up to us, down to the last puck of the ball. Only a point in it and I think they had their homework done.

“It was not our best performance, but we are in a county semi-final for the first time in 10 years, no matter who comes out of the Sars and Imokilly game, and we are delighted to be back up in a position where the ’Barr’s should be all the time.

“We are relieved, but we know we have a lot to work on.

“We have six dual players involved in the hurling and football, so they are now back in football action, for the game against Nemo, in two weeks.

“So that will disrupt us and that is the lot of a dual club.

“We would like to have those players with us, in preparation for our biggest game probably in ten years, and we have not been in a final for 26 years,” Curran says.

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