IN a game that was close for long periods, right up to the last seven minutes, a brilliant finish from Blackrock saw them defeat Kilbrittain in their IHC clash at Brinny on Saturday.
The second tie in a double-header, with the Glen winning the first, the Rockies were made to fight all the way by Kilbrittain and had to come from behind to win.
At half-time, the city side were in front by two points but Kilbrittain quickly turned that around at the start of the second half, thanks to two early points from Maurice Sexton and on from Philip Wall.
It was score for score for long periods in this half and with eight minutes go to there was only a point in it, as the Rockies led by 1-8 to 0-10. However a minute later and the West Cork side had the upper hand, thanks to a well-taken goal from Dec Harrington.
But this proved to be their last score and the Rockies took over for the remainder of the tie.
Inspired by a triple substitution, who scored 1-3 between them, they went on to hit 1-6 without reply to emerge winners by 2-14 to 1-10.
This was a game of the highest standards and the Rockies will be determined to get back to the final, where they lost out to Ballincollig last year.
On this display, and backed by the likes of Eoin Smith, Ryan Cantwell, Diarmuid Cormack, Olan Kelleher and in particular, Alan Connolly, they are going to take some stopping.
Of course, like all second sides in a club, they are very much dependant on how many will be used up by the senior side as the championship goes on.
But for now, manager Olan Murray was happy with the way his side finished to come through a tough game.
“The team worked really hard all through, but sometimes you have to freshen things up and thankfully the subs that came on worked out for us.
“But we are delighted with the showing of all who played and when you have young players like Alan Connolly you always have a chance."
The guy is a class act and this was his first real test at adult level.
“He is a really promising young talent and is sure to be a big player for the club going forward.
“I thought that when we needed to we responded well and credit to all for the way they did so when Barryroe got to take the lead. That showed the determination in the side and it saw us through in the end,” concluded Olan.