Dromtarriffe set their sights on a Munster final spot

Dromtarriffe set their sights on a Munster final spot
Dromtarriffe's Seamus O'Sullivan tussles with Kilmacabea's Sam O'Driscoll. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

SATURDAY, Munster junior club football semi-final: Dromtarriffe v Mount Sion, Mallow, 1.30pm

IT’S back to the scene of last week’s quarter-final win over Limerick’s Kildimo-Pallaskenry for Cork champions Dromtarriffe, who meet their Waterford counterparts for a place in the final.

The other semi-final is between Kerry’s Beaufort, who have home advantage against Clare’s Michael Cusacks, with the decider in Mallow on the first Sunday in December.

A couple of first-half goals from Shane Collins and Mark O’Connor, who both chipped in with 1-1, helped the Duhallow club to a commanding position by the interval, when they led by 2-6 to 0-4.

The Limerick champions, whose frustration spilled over with three players red-carded in injury-time, clawed a goal back mid-way through the second-half, but Dromtarriffe responded to close out the game comfortably enough.

Their team is a nice blend of experience, as represented by the evergreen Seamus O’Sullivan, who leads the team by example from midfield, and youth, reflected in minors Conor O’Callaghan and Tomas Howard.

There’s a fresh-faced look to the defence in particular which at times has been filled by U21 players with centre-back Jack Murphy a prominent example.

Sean Howard has been one of their most consistent defenders throughout a campaign, which began with a defeat in the Duhallow final, but included a county final victory over Kilmacabea.

While Dromtarriffe are newcomers to provincial club action, their opponents were there five years ago.

Mount Sion, though, enjoyed no luck in the draw because they were paired with Keel of Kerry in Killarney and suffered a 0-19 to 0-3 defeat.

They only reclaimed the Waterford title last week, when extra-time was needed to get the better of Shamrocks, Mount Sion winning by 2-9 to 0-12.

Better known as a hurling club, Mount Sion looked to be heading to a defeat, when trailing by three points entering the last five minutes, but a goal from a penalty by Martin O’Neill helped them tie matters up at 1-6 to 0-9.

Inspired by Stephen Roche, Mount Sion kicked on in extra-time to have a goal to spare at the final whistle.

Dromtarriffe will be fancied to qualify for a showdown with Beaufort, who had former Kerry minors, Mike and Nathan Breen, and Liam Carey in their ranks in the 5-16 to 1-9 quarter-final win over Ballylooby-Castlegrace from Tipperary. Ronan Ferris claimed two of their goals.

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