St Finbarr’s 2-17 Carbery Rangers 1-17
CHAMPIONS St Finbarr’s just about survived the sternest of tests from Carbery Rangers to reach the county senior football championship quarter-finals after another tension-filled affair in Bandon yesterday.
Extra-time seems to be the norm these days, this was the third successive game needing two periods of supposedly 10 minutes each way, but the watch, it appears, stops for everything now.
A John Hayes free on the hour levelled it up for only the second time during the hour, 1-13 apiece, requiring additional time to try and resolve two finely balanced teams.
The first half of the new game couldn’t separate the combatants either, as a couple of Steven Sherlock points were cancelled out by Hayes and John O’Rourke. Still deadlocked at 1-15.
Even though Ross were also involved in an extra-time game the week before, they still managed to get their noses in front again on the resumption via a Hayes free.
Sensing their title was slipping from their grasp, the Barrs put on a spurt with Sherlock landing a magnificent equaliser before skipper Ian Maguire fisted his side in front, 1-17 to 1-16, with five minutes remaining.
Then, in the 80th minute, the city club struck for a decisive second goal, substitute Olan Murphy popping up at the far post to finish a fine move with Eoghan Finn supplying the telling pass. Barrs up by four points.
There was still time for more drama as Padraig Hodnett was fouled close to goal, two minutes into injury-time, but Hayes drove the penalty over the crossbar to the holders’ obvious relief.
Ross still had time to launch one last gasp bid for an equalising goal from a 45 in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but the Barrs cleared their lines.
Earlier, Hayes showed his class with a superb fourth-minute goal only for the Barrs to hit four points approaching half-time for a 0-9 to 1-5 lead.
It was role reversal in the second half as Ross kicked five without response for 1-10 to 0-9 only for Sherlock to expertly convert a penalty in the 43rd minute for 1-10 apiece. It was helter-skelter after that.
Scorers for St Finbarr’s: S Sherlock 1-11 (1-0 pen, 0-5 f, 0-1 45), O Murphy 1-0, I Maguire, E Finn, C Barrett, M Shields, C Keane, R O’Mahony 0-1 each
Scorers for Carbery Rangers: J Hayes 1-7 (0-1 pen, 0-5 f), J O’Rourke 0-3, Darragh Hayes 0-2, B Shanahan 0-2, 1f, James O’Riordan, M Mennis, Seamus Hayes 0-1 each
ST FINBARR’S: P O’Neill; G O’Connor, C Dennehy, C Scully; C Lyons, J Burns, A O’Connor; I Maguire (c), C Keane; D O’Brien, E Finn, C Barrett; E McGreevey, S Sherlock, M Shields:
Subs: O Murphy for Lyons 44, R O’Mahony for Shields 51, B Hayes for Keane 57, J Linehan for O’Brien 69, I O’Callaghan for Barrett, black card, 70, P Kennedy for O’Connor injured 76.
CARBERY RANGERS: P Shanahan; James O’Riordan, T O’Rourke, R Hegarty; P Hodnett, M O’Donovan, Jerry O’Riordan; J Fitzpatrick, B Hodnett; A Jennings, J Hayes, M Hodnett; J O’Rourke, B Shanahan (c), Darragh Hayes.
Subs: Seamus Hayes for O’Donovan injured 15, K MacMahon for M Hodnett, black card, 41, P Hurley for Darragh Hayes 51, M Mennis for Shanahan, black card, 60, Declan Hayes for Seamus Hayes 70, C Hennessy for O’Rourke, black card, 75.
Referee: D Murnane (Macroom)