IT was a case of deja vu for Imokilly manager, Fergal Condon, after their clash with Sars in the SHC semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday.
The same could be said for Sars, as both sides drew their respective quarter-finals so maybe it was no great surprise to see this one end all-square as well.
A goal in the 55th minute from Tadhg Óg Murphy had Sars back on level terms and going into injury-time the sides were still level. Daniel Kearney put Sars in front in injury-time, but a late point from Cloyne’s Paudie O’Sullivan ensured they will have to do it all again.
This means that it will be four weeks in-a-row on the road for both sides and the winners will only have a week to prepare for the county final. But that doesn’t matter to Condon, he is just delighted they are still there and in with a chance of reaching the final.
“I’m delighted we are still there and in fairness to Sars they came at up strong in the end there, so happy to get another chance next weekend.
“We had to show great resolve to get the draw there in the end and in the last few games, we have shows we have that, drawing with Erins Own first and then beating them and now getting a draw against a very talented Sars side.
“Sars have been dangerous all year and I would know some of their players very well as I have coached them as members of the Cork development squads, so I am well aware of the talent they have at their disposal.
“When you see the likes of Liam Healy coming on, he is a great young player and one I know only too well. Fellas like him are sure to cause you problems. There are plenty of other young talented hurlers in their squad and regardless of what happens next weekend, they have a bright future ahead of them.
“But I am really delighted with our own players too, as a divisional side, they showed what they are about and fully deserved the draw.
“Having played now for a few weeks in-a-row we are getting the crust of a team together and obviously the more they play together the better for them.
“We were able to bring on a few fellas as well and in fairness, our Cork players also stood up for us when we needed them too. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons) had a great game as well and I think he has massive potential going forward and is one to watch.
“Even when Daniel Kearney got the last point I knew we would get one more chance and thankfully Paudie stuck it over and we will put our heads down now and prepare for the replay.”