ST Finbarr's will take on either Castlehaven or Duhallow in this year's county football final after an impressive second-half display against the wind saw off Carbery Rangers yesterday.
Steven Sherlock kicked 10 of the Barrs' 15 points in a three-point win, with Ross failing to build on their early momentum and 0-8 to 0-4 half-time lead after a period where John O'Rourke appeared to be on song.
New Kerry manager's Peter Keane's brother Ray is at the helm in Togher and a few substitutions, as well as the efforts of Ian Maguire at midfield, ensured they returned to the decider. The Barrs lost a replay last season to Nemo and were also beaten in 2009 and 2010.
In the first match of a double-header at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Castlehaven came back from the dead to force a replay against Duhallow despite being seven points and a man down in the closing stages.
With less than 10 minutes remaining it seemed as though Duhallow could start preparing for a county final, as they led 0-15 to 0-8, and Chris Hayes had been dismissed.
But the men from West Cork had other ideas. They got seven points without reply, including the leveller from sub James Davis, and showed once more that the Haven are one of the most dogged and confident teams on Leeside.
Scorers for Castlehaven: M Collins (0-6 f) 0-8, B Hurley 0-2, D Cahalane (45), S Dineen, R Whelton (f), M Hurley, J Davis 0-1 each.
Duhallow: D O’Connor (0-2 f), E McSweeney, S Hickey 0-3 each, M Vaughan, A O’Connor 0-2 each, P Walsh, L O'Neill 0-1 each.
Scorers for St Finbarr’s: S Sherlock 0-10 (0-6 f, 0-1 45), C Lyons, I Maguire, E McGreevey, E Finn, M Shields 0-1 each
Carbery Rangers: M Hodnett J O’Rourke, J Hayes (f), B Shanahan (f) 0-2 each, J O’Riordan, R Kiely, A Jennings, S Hayes 0-1 each