Getting to another county final is great but the Barrs have work to do before ending their wait for glory 

Getting to another county final is great but the Barrs have work to do before ending their wait for glory 
Steven Sherlock celebrates after equalising in last year's county final. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

THOSE in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon saw Steven Sherlock prove why he is such a potent scoring weapon in the St Finbarr’s armoury.

Scoring 0-10 out of a total of the Togher side’s total of 0-15 on Sunday afternoon against Carbery Rangers, Sherlock was quite simply in red-hot form.

Given his hugely impressive exploits over the weekend gone by, it was a little surprise therefore that he was awarded the Reardens Player Of the Cork Football Semi-final award.

“It’s great to get to another county final,” declared Sherlock.

“There is a great panel there and there is a great bunch of lads there.

“We are all very close friends. One fella wants to do it for the other and we just keep going as a team.

“Thankfully, on Sunday the gaps appeared and we got the scores. But that comes from the backs, that comes from the management side.

“It was great that we all bought in together for the second half and the result came our way.”

Steven Sherlock, Colm Keane and Eoghan Finn celebrate last weekend. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Steven Sherlock, Colm Keane and Eoghan Finn celebrate last weekend. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

When his side needed him most Sherlock stepped up to the plate, with his scoring boots well and truly brought out onto the field of play.

He made a massive difference for his side on the afternoon. The chances are that he will be a key attacking force for the Barrs in a few weeks time also once the final comes around. Ray Keane’s troops started slowly and trailed Carbery Rangers at the half time break 0-8 to 0-4. We all know what happened next.

The Barrs will be preparing as best they can to ensure they are ready for the final and will come roaring out of the traps from the outset.

“We know ourselves we weren’t up to scratch in the first half,” adds Sherlock. “Thankfully, we got it together in the second half and we got the result.

“But look we know there is still loads to work on.”

Castlehaven and Duhallow will have to do battle once again to see who gets a place in the Cork Footballing decider. Lying there in wait will be The Barrs.

They are a side that experienced county final day last year but suffered hurt and defeat at the hands of Nemo Rangers.

Sherlock and his teammates will be keen to turn that hurt as a source of motivation to ensure everything possible in their power is done, to go that extra mile this time around and secure the silverware on October 28.

“Castlehaven have one, Nemo have one, Carbery Rangers have one. Look there is a lot of pressure on us, especially after the gap of 33 years to win one. But we are relishing the challenge.

“We are looking forward to it and the next three weeks. It’s a great buildup and there is a good buzz around the club.

“Hopefully, we can bring it home this year.”

Steven Sherlock is presented with his award by Reardens general manager Michael O'Sullivan. Picture: David Keane.
Steven Sherlock is presented with his award by Reardens general manager Michael O'Sullivan. Picture: David Keane.

Sherlock was in Reardens to pick up his accolade for his semi-final exploits on Tuesday lunchtime. He will hope to get his hands on a Cork SFC winners medal in a few weeks time and be apart of the first St Finbarr’s team to win a senior footballing crown since 1985.

The hunger to bridge that gap and secure championship glory is very apparent indeed.

“Obviously it would be amazing,” was the response of Sherlock when asked about how much would it mean to get his hands on a Senior County medal.

“It would be a dream for everybody and most people of the club as well. It’s been 33 years that have gone past since the club last won one, it’s been a tough time.

“Hopefully, we can bring it home. But there is a lot of work to be done over the next three weeks.

“We have a lot of injuries now since the last day, three or four fellas limped off. Hopefully, they will be ok.

“The likes of Michael Shields and Robbie (Robert O’Mahony) have been around for a long time. They have been great servants to the club.

“It kind of pushes us even more when you see the likes of them, who have wanted for so long to get their hands on a county medal.”

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