Seven teams left in contention for the U21 football county as Éire Óg face rivals Ballincollig in the first semi-final

Seven teams left in contention for the U21 football county as Éire Óg face rivals Ballincollig in the first semi-final
Éire Óg's Jack Murphy. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

NEIGHBOURS Éire Óg and Ballincollig collide in the semi-final of the county U21 football championship tomorrow in Ballinora at 3pm.

It's a repeat of the Muskerry final won by the Ovens club by 3-12 to 1-14 last March.

Ballincollig's Dara Dorgan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Ballincollig's Dara Dorgan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Both were in action earlier in the week in contrasting game with Éire Óg defeating Beara by 1-15 to 0-8 and Ballincollig storming back to deny Carrigaline at the death.

Cork U20 forward, Jack Murphy, top-scored for Éire Óg with 0-10 and Dylan Foley added 1-2.

Darren Murphy.
Darren Murphy.

Captain Darren Murphy led the way for Ballincollig in their courageous 1-16 to 1-14 win over Carrigaline, scoring 0-11, with Dara Dorgan claiming 1-2.

In the divisional final, Foley was again among the goals along with Anthony Doherty and Ryan O'Flynn while Dorgan also netted for Ballincollig.

Both teams are missing a few bigs names, including Robbie Bourke, the Ballincollig playmaker, while former Cork minor ace Colm O'Callaghan is on his way back from a cruciate injury.

Colm O'Callaghan. Picture Eddie O'Hare
Colm O'Callaghan. Picture Eddie O'Hare

St Finbarr's and O'Donovan Rossa try for a third time to resolve their county U21 football championship round 2 in on Monday evening at 7.30pm.

The sides played out a thrilling 2-14 to 1-17 extra-time draw last month and were due to meet again last Sunday only for the weather to intervene.

At stake is a quarter-final place against St Michael's, who received a walk-over from Charleville, the north Cork club suffering from students travelling to the US for the summer and others sitting exams.

The 'Barr's and Skibbereen were level 10 times during their drawn encounter with a late Dara O'Sullivan rescuing the city club and giving his side a second chance.

Cork U20 forward, Colm Barrett, and Jack O'Brien scored the 'Barr's goals with the latter's effort helping the Togher club to a 2-7 to 0-11 lead entering the final quarter.

A Jamie Shanahan goal turned the game the west Cork side's way again and points from the outstanding pair of Dylan Hourihane, who hit 0-9, and Elliot Connolly, scorer of 0-4, put them in the driving seat until the 'Barr's came again.

Brian Hayes, part of the county U20 panel, contributed 0-4 with O'Sullivan scoring one more.

Alan McCarthy is another important figure for the 'Barr's who will renew rivalry with St Michael's, having defeated them by three points in the Seandun quarter-final, if successful.

City champions Douglas qualified to meet Kilshannig on the same side of the draw by accounting for Castlehaven by 2-18 to 1-14 during the week.

Cork U20 midfielder Brian Hartnett linked up with younger brother Niall, who scored both goals, while James Holland, man-of-the-match in the city final, kicked 0-8 and Conor Russell 0-6.

Kilshannig dethroned the holders Nemo Rangers by 0-16 to 1-10 at the end of April.

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