Inniscarra hurlers have shown they are a real force this season

Inniscarra hurlers have shown they are a real force this season
Anthony Spillane, Castlelyons, battles Inniscarra player Brian O’Mahony. Picture: Dan Linehan

IF THEY are still celebrating out in Inniscarra it would be no great surprise after their win over Castlelyons in their PIHC clash at Riverstown on Saturday.

At half-time the expression — ‘it’s going to be one of those days’ — would have come to mind from their point-of-view.

They has lost three key players to injury, including their Cork star Sean O’Donoghue, were five points and a man down. Deep in first-half injury-time Liam Buckley got his marching orders and the bookies would have had Castlelyons as nailed on favourites to advance to the semi-final.

But all credit must go to Inniscarra they never panicked and the sending off probably came at a good time, if there ever is a good time for one.

They were able to regroup at the break and set themselves up for the second half.


But when Anthony Spillane got the first score to put Castlelyons further ahead it didn’t look good. But in a remarkable nine minute spell Inniscarra turned the game on its head and came from six points down to lead by one and eventually went on to win by 0-23 to 1-18.

For many they are the surprise package of this competition but they showed enough on Saturday that they will never be beaten easily, no matter what the score or situation.

One of those on the sideline playing every ball and encouraging them from start to finish was selector Ger Murphy.

Afterwards, after he caught his breath, he summed up their performance.

“We are thrilled with the win and to be in the semi-final, but we will be busy with the physio before then with the injuries we picked up.

“But look the work-rate from the lads was unbelievable, especially in the second-half. We spoke at half-time and a couple of guys like Sean (O’Donoghue) and John (O’Callaghan) who would be leaders in the team said a few words.

“We said there was going to be no excuses, we have a panel there and they are as good as the fellas who started and those that came on showed that.

“We were five points down at half-time, but we felt we hadn’t hurled and whatever bit of a breeze that was there was going to be with us for the second half.

“Yes, we were a man down, but we had loads to play for and how often do you see the extra man end up on the losing team. We felt at half-time we had a chance and I know they got the first score but we tore away after that.

“The important thing, as I saw it, was when we got back level that we then went in front and from there we drove on to win,” concluded Ger.

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